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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 16, 2014

Cosmologists at Penn Weigh Cosmic Filaments and Voids

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Dark matter is thought to exist in a vast network of filaments throughout the universe, pulling luminous galaxies into an interconnected web of clusters, interspersed with seemingly empty voids. Penn researchers have measured the "weight" of these voids and filaments for the first time, showing the former are not as empty as they look.

Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can’t be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational pull on surrounding objects.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 14, 2014

Students at Penn Mentor Local Children Through Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Penn students have been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 10 years. This year, 280 matches have been made between undergraduates at Penn and youngsters from seven local schools, including the Henry C. Lea Elementary School. In all, there have been approximately 1,900 matches made at Penn.

Shaiyam Flavaney credits much of his success as a student at the University of Pennsylvania to the guidance he received from his mentors, growing up in Jackson, N.J.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 11, 2014

Penn Lightbulb Café Presents Michael Horowitz Talk on Future of War

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Michael Horowitz, associate professor of political science at Penn, will draw on his extensive research on military innovation, as well as his experience working in the Department of Defense, to discuss key trends and technologies that will shape the future of warfare.

WHO:             Michael Horowitz

                        Associate Professor of Political Science

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 11, 2014

Penn and ADL Team Up to Provide Holocaust Education Teacher-training Workshop April 17

On April 17th Penn and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia will present a half-day workshop for teachers of the Holocaust that will incorporate the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive of interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

 

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Media Contact:Sara Stewart | sabrady@upenn.edu | 215-898-3617 April 10, 2014

"On the Wings of Eagle and Raven" Opens at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

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"On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions" features 41 cultural Native-American objects dating back to the late 19th Century. Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs through July 6 at the Arthur Ross Gallery.

On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions (Photos)
April 11 – July 6, 2014

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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.