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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 14, 2014

Penn Research Helps Uncover Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 12, 2014

Penn Grad Student Taja Towne Has Sights on Career in International Social Work

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For her field placement, Taja Towne, a student at the School of Social Policy & Practice, is working with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

For Taja Towne, leaving the familiar comfort of home is part of a bigger plan.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 12, 2014

Helping Others Is Personal for Penn Social Work Student

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School of Social Policy & Practice student Ashley Blake is working for the Goldring Re-entry Initiative, a program designed to assist incarcerated people transition back into society with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Ashley Blake’s family has gone through a lot.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 6, 2014

Social Policy Researcher at Penn Honored With WOAR’s Bridge of Courage Award

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Susan B. Sorenson, a professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will be honored for her work with an award from Women Organized Against Rape.

Susan B.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 4, 2014

Penn’s Wharton School Houses Sizeable Art Collection

The University of Pennsylvania is home to art galleries and museums, and there’s a plethora of art on display in campus buildings, but did you know that Wharton, Penn’s world-class business school, has a notable art collection, too?

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 4, 2014

Penn Dean John L. Jackson Jr. Takes His Message on the Road

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The new dean of Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice, John L. Jackson Jr., will connect with alumni and potential students as he embarks on a coast-to-coast tour.

In the “Future of Social Change” tour, John L. Jackson Jr., new dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, will visit 10 cities across the United States, beginning with a launch event Friday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Caster Building, 3701 Locust Walk.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 3, 2014

Penn Study Demonstrates Wearable Sensors to Detect Firearm Use

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In a study, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, Charles Loeffler, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn, demonstrates the feasibility of using low-cost, wearable inertial sensors to detect firearm usage. The study demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 3, 2014

Tenth PennApps Hackathon Ready to Award $30,000 in Prizes to World’s Top Coders

In a hackathon, teams of coders compete against each other and the clock, working night and day to produce the best possible software and hardware applications under a tight deadline.

WHO

1,200 Top Collegiate Hackers

Massimo Banzi
Co-Founder, Arduino

David Pakman
Partner, Venrock

WHAT

The 10th edition of 48-hour PennApps Hackathon, the largest and most prestigious student-run hackathon in the world, with more than $30,000 in prizes for best software and hardware applications

Public expo of projects created during the weekend

Awards ceremony

WHERE

Hacking begins: Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Expo: Sunday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Awards ceremony: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m.

WHERE

University of Pennsylvania

Hacking:
Engineering Quad
220 S. 33rd St.

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Education Commons
233 S. 33rd St.

Expo:
The Palestra
235 S. 33rd St.

Award Ceremony:
Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce St. 

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422September 4, 2014

New Penn Integrates Knowledge Website Highlights Program’s Broad Impact

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Since 2005 the University of Pennsylvania‘s Penn Integrates Knowledge program has brought to campus exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines.

Since 2005 the University of Pennsylvania‘s Penn Integrates Knowledge program has brought to campus exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 2, 2014

Penn Blends Art and Science With Network Visualization Program

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Science and art are often perceived to be at odds with each other, two fundamentally different ways of understanding the world. But University of Pennsylvania researcher Danielle Bassett believes science and art can inform each other in very tangible ways.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Science and art are often perceived to be at odds with each other, two fundamentally different ways of understanding the world. But University of Pennsylvania researcher Danielle Bassett believes science and art can inform each other in very tangible ways.