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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 8, 2015

Penn Announces 2015 Kelly Writers House Fellows

The University of Pennsylvania will host three celebrated writers as Kelly Writers House Fellows during the 2015 spring semester: poet Anne Waldman, editor and author Dorothy Allison and playwright and novelist Jessica Hagedorn.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2015

Penn Engineers Put Their Skills and Teamwork to the Test in a Robotic Hockey Tournament

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As a final exam, students in Engineering’s Design of Mechatronic Systems course devised and built teams of hockey-playing robots in the sixth annual Robockey Cup.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

While final exams can be solemn affairs, finals for the Design of Mechatronic Systems course at the University of Pennsylvania couldn’t be livelier.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2015

Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

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Five Penn graduate students are beginning their journeys as ELISS fellows this spring. Four other Penn students are wrapping up their experiences in the program’s inaugural year and reflecting on the lessons they’ve gleaned about working across disciplines for the public good.

“In today’s world, the stereotype of the nerdy scientist, by himself, looking at a microscope, is no longer accurate and no longer useful,” says Gabriel Innes, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 5, 2015

Student Group at Penn Delivers On-site Science to Local Children

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Penn Science Across Ages mixes community engagement and volunteering with increased access to learning for students at schools in West Philadelphia.

University of Pennsylvania senior Steve Scarfone and junior Jeffrey Ng are part of a local community-engagement project that mixes volunteering and increasing access to learning through Penn Science Across Ages.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 5, 2015

Doing Good and Learning Leadership Skills at Penn

When University of Pennsylvania student Amy Phillips learned about the Girl Scouts at Penn program, she immediately joined.

Having been a Scout from kindergarten through high school, Phillips was thrilled to be able to continue her involvement at Penn.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 18, 2014

Penn and UGA Awarded $23.4 Million Contract for Pathogen Genomics Database

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A five-year, $23.4 million contract from the NIH will support a growing database of genomic information about disease-causing microbes, co-directed by the University of Pennsylvania's David Roos.

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 15, 2014

‘Writing Out Loud’ at Penn Explores History Through Conversations

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"The Ground on Which We Stand," a performance of original undergraduate student monologues based on the personal histories of West Philadelphia residents, took place Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Platt Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St.

An academically-based community service course at the University of Pennsylvania hosted an end-of-the-semester performance, “The Ground on Which We Stand,” Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Platt Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422December 11, 2014

Philadelphia City Council Honors Penn as Academic Partner Supporting City Schools

Philadelphia City Council today honored the University of Pennsylvania among more than a dozen local universities and colleges with an official citation of City Council acknowledging their vital support and services to the School District of Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 6, 2015

Penn’s 2015-16 Theme Year is Discovery with Penn Reading Project: The Big Sea

University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price, Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives today announced that the 2015-16 academic theme will be the Year of Discovery and that The Big Sea by Langston Hughes will be the Penn Reading Project.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 8, 2014

Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn Releases Year-End Giving Guide

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Whether a donor has $10 or $1 million to contribute, a free, online guide from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy helps donors who want to know that their year-end giving will make the biggest difference in the lives of others.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has released a free online guide for donors who want to know that their year-end giving will make the bi