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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 8, 2014

Penn Medical Student’s Work to Heal Others Extends Beyond Health Care

Leah Seifu, a second-year University of Pennsylvania medical student, says that her Ethiopian heritage and Catholic school education instilled in her a deep cultural awareness and drive to help others through social activism.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 7, 2014

Penn Researcher Finds Mortality Risks of Being Overweight or Obese Are Underestimated

New research by Andrew Stokes, a doctoral student in demography and sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that many obesity studies substantially underestimate the mortality risks associated with excess weight in the United States. His study, “Using Maximum Weight to Redefine Body Mass Index Categories in Studies of The Mortality Risks of Obesity,” was published in the March issue of the open-access journal Population Health Metrics.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 4, 2014

Penn Students Vie for Grand Prize in PennVention Competition

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The Weiss Tech House holds an annual invention competition known as PennVention. The final round will see the distribution of more than $20,000 in prizes.

WHO:              Alan Greenberger
                         Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 2, 2014

Penn Student Makes a Healthy Difference for Neighbors in West Philadelphia

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Adina Weissman, a student at the School of Social Policy & Practice, organized the third annual Sayre Health Center Community Health Fair, which takes place Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 5800 Walnut St.

Adina Weissman, a student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, always knew that she wanted to help people, she just didn’t know in what capacity.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 31, 2014

Penn Graduate Student Named #17 of the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women

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At age 24, Penn Graduate School of Education student, Maha Laziri, is one of the youngest women featured on this year’s list of 100 Most Powerful Arab Women. Her work in international development landed her at #17 on the list, published by Arabian Business.

Students from the University of Pennsylvania really do change the world.

Maha Laziri, 24, a student in Penn’s Graduate School of Education, is already making a difference in remote villages of Morocco.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 28, 2014

Penn Students Explore Civil Rights Movement Sites

A unique spring break trip for some University of Pennsylvania students could turn a vacation into a vocation.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 28, 2014

Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Releases Childhood Obesity Guide

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The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has unveiled a new guide, "Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from Greater Philadelphia," which highlights various approaches to curbing this national epidemic through charitable giving.

In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in adolescents, it has quadrupled. By 2012, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

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Media Contact:Beth Adams | adamsnb@dental.upenn.edu | 215-573-8224March 28, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine Students Present 6th Annual Philadelphia Oral Cancer Walk & 5K

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Penn Dental Medicine’s student-run Philadelphia Oral Cancer Awareness Society presents the 6th Annual Philadelphia Oral Cancer Walk & 5K to raise funds in support of the Oral Cancer Foundation, while building awareness of the importance of early detection and screening in the prevention of oral cancer.

WHO:             Penn Dental Medicine

WHAT:            6th Annual Philadelphia Oral Cancer Walk & 5K

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 28, 2014

Penn Students to Host Philadelphia Middle Schoolers for ‘Science Day’ April 3

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Science in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences is hosting “Science Day: From Microbes to Mountains," on April 3 from 4-7 p.m.

WHO:             Students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science and Rising Sons, a Philadelphia nonprofit

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 24, 2014

Penn Undergraduate Assembly Elections Provide Lessons in Leadership

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Penn students are voting this week, electing new leaders for the Undergraduate Assembly. Major campaign issues include mental health access, diversity and fund allocation. Voting ends Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

Every vote counts.

Each spring, the top leadership positions within the University of Pennsylvania’s Undergraduate Assembly, are up for election.