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To Fight Homelessness, Turn Project 50 Into Project 10,000

August 13, 2010

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy and Practice authors an op-ed on the effectiveness of programs designed to fight homelessness.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 12, 2010

Penn Graduate School of Education Finalizing $54M Grant to Evaluate National Reading Program

PHILADELPHIA — A planned $54 million Investing in Innovation federal grant will bring $4 million to Penn GSE’s Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education to evaluate the effectiveness of a national program aimed at strengthening literacy among struggling first-graders in underperforming schools. Penn is part of a 16-university consortium working on this project.

The Philly Foods Nutritionists Crave

August 10, 2010

Andrea Spivack of the School of Medicine and the Stunkard Weight Management Program provides healthy-eating guidelines.

Article Source: Philadelphia Magazine

Penn Students Create Ambitious Plan for Rail Service

August 11, 2010

Robert Yaro, Marilyn Jordan Taylor and students of the School of Design devise a high-speed-railway proposal for the Northeast Corridor.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Diane Sandefur | | 215-898-6892August 11, 2010

Philadelphia Judge and War Veteran to Speak at University of Pennsylvania Veterans Upward Bound Graduation

WHO: Patrick Dugan, Philadelphia Municipal Court judge and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

WHAT: Graduation ceremony for 40 U.S. veterans

WHEN: Aug. 26, 2010, 7 p.m.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 10, 2010

Penn Research Points to the Influence of Non-Catholics on the Changes Brought by Vatican II

PHILADELPHIA – A new analysis of voting patterns among bishops at the Second Vatican Council points to the indirect influence of non-Catholic churches in the Council’s liberalization of the Catholic Church.

Senate Should Focus on Real Threats to Life

August 5, 2010

Laurence Gavin of the School of Medicine discusses teenage-driver regulations.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 4, 2010

Penn’s Positive Psychology Center Awards $2.9 Million for Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the John Templeton Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards, $2.9 million given to 15 new research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology.

The winning projects explore a range of topics including how the brain enables humans to flourish, the biological bases of altruism and the effects of positive interventions on the brain.

Growing Up Poor Can Affect Brain Development

August 1, 2010

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences says poverty may affect brain function.

Article Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Making History Campaign Co-Chair Makes $5 Million Gift to Endow University PIK Professorship

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania Trustee Robert M. Levy and Diane v.S. Levy have made a $5 million gift designated for faculty support.  The gift will be used to endow a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professorship, which will be named the Diane v.S. and Robert M. Levy University Professorship.

The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann.