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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 25, 2014

Scientists at Penn Characterize ‘Hot Spots and Hot Moments’ in America’s Tropics

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A team of researchers from the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania have spent the last five years studying Puerto Rico’s waterways, air and terrain.

The Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico are prone to extremes. Nearly all the rain for the year pours down in two drenching months. Lush, rolling forests give way to rocky, barren peaks. Even the soil is extreme, storing carbon differently than many other soil types, in highly localized iron minerals. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 23, 2014

PHENND’s 25th Anniversary Conference to be Held at Penn

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The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development will host its 25th Anniversary Conference, April 24-25, at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development will host its 25th Anniversary Conference, April 24-25, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 22, 2014

Penn Senior Alice Xie to Give Emerging Scholar Talk on China’s Economic Growth

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Alice Xie, a University of Pennsylvania senior, will deliver the Communication Within the Curriculum Emerging Scholar Talk on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Stiteler Hall Room B26, 208 S. 37th St.

Alice Xie, a University of Pennsylvania senior, will deliver the Communication Within the Curriculum Emerging Scholar Talk on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Stiteler Hall Room B26, 208 S. 37th St.

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Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Dr. Camille Zubrinsky Charles Professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and director of Penn’s Africana Studies Center

is an expert on race and class issues and can discuss the topic of minorities at highly selective colleges and universities. She is the author of a numerous publications, including Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities (with Douglass S. Massey and colleagues).

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Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Kermit Roosevelt Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania

has expertise in constitutional law and conflict of laws. He is a frequent media commentator on constitutional issues and can discuss his support of college and university affirmative action admissions policies.

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Steve Barnes, 215-573-5181 or sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

Theodore Ruger Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania

is a constitutional expert whose scholarship focuses on the application of judicial authority. He can discuss a brief he wrote in the case on behalf of college basketball coaches defending affirmative action in higher education.

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Steve Barnes, 215-573-5181 or sbarnes@upenn.edu

Dr. Rogers Smith Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, chairs the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutional

His research focuses on law and American political thought, with a special interest in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender. He can discuss the constitutionality of affirmative action policies at colleges and universities. He is author of numerous publications, including Still a House Divided: Race & Politics in Obama’s America (with Desmond S. King).

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Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 22, 2014

Focus of Penn Researcher Leads to National Summit on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

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Johanna Greeson, a researcher from the School of Social Policy & Practice, has organized the National Summit on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, May 29-30.

Johanna Greeson, an assistant professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, is working to reform the child welfare system for children who, between the ages of 18-21, are aging out of foster care.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 22, 2014

Race and Sports Lecture at Penn Presents ‘Little Ballers’ Film Screening and Discussion

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“Little Ballers” tells the story of four diverse 11-year-old boys and their legendary coach as they set out to win an AAU National Championship. A discussion with Bill Rhoden, The New York Times sports columnist, and “Little Ballers” director Crystal McCrary will follow the screening. The screening and discussion is a presentation of the University of Pennsylvania Annual Race and Sports Lecture, held every year during the Penn Relays. It is sponsored by Penn’s Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Center for Africana Studies.

WHO:             Bill Rhoden, The New York Times sports columnist

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 21, 2014

‘Botswana 2.0' Symposium to be Held April 23 at Penn

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Members of the University of Pennsylvania community are invited to attend a free symposium designed to increase awareness about Penn’s global health work in Botswana and opportunities for students to become involved in international work and research there. Free breakfast will be served starting at 8 a.m.

WHO            Tebelelo Secretse, ambassador of Botswana to the United States

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Media Contact:Jayne Perilstein | perilste@usc.edu | 213-814-9015
Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151April 21, 2014
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Men’s Rugby at Penn: Olympians of Tomorrow Heading to Collegiate Championships

Future Olympic champions may be in training right here at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 17, 2014

Film Diplomacy Topic of Dick Wolf Cinema Studies Conference at Penn

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Scholars, filmmakers and government officials gathering for The Second Annual Dick Wolf Conference “Film Diplomacy in the Digital Age” will explore the role of film, video and digital media as tools of social change and control in global politics on April 18.