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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 10, 2015

Local High School Grads Receive Public Service Scholarships Courtesy of Penn

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The University of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers in Public Service scholarship program awarded supplemental scholarships to five local high school students at a ceremony Tuesday, June 9.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers in Public Service scholarship program awarded supplemental scholarships to five local high school students at a ceremony Tuesday, June 9.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 10, 2015

Penn Researchers Show How Cells Solve Biochemical Challenges as They Get Bigger

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Just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, a population of cells contains larger and smaller individuals. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now shown how the two copies of nuclear DNA in most cells’ chromosomes can serve a cell of any size.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

In any textbook diagram, a group of red blood cells, skin cells or nerve cells will typically be identical in size. But, just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, in a population of real cells there are larger and smaller individuals.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 8, 2015

Penn VIPS Scholarships Honor Local High School Students for Community Service

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Penn will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service. These scholarships will cover expenses that are not typically covered in financial-aid packages.

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The University of Pennsylvania will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service.

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

At Penn, Field Center’s Conference Draws Attention to Child Trafficking

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host a June 10-12 conference addressing some of today's critical issues such as child trafficking and underrepresented populations in the child welfare system.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 2, 2015

Penn Engineers Show How “Perfect” Materials Begin to Fail

Crystalline materials have atoms that are neatly lined up in a repeating pattern. When they break, that failure tends to start at a defect, or a place where the pattern is disrupted. But how do defect-free materials break?

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2015

Penn Mechanical Engineers Win Top Prizes at the Cornell Cup

The senior design classes held in each of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s six departments are an opportunity for University of Pennsylvania students to put their skills to the test, by picking a real-world problem and developing a new piece of technology to solve it.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 20, 2015

Penn’s LPS Program Allows Non-traditional Student to Pursue His Dreams

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For research lab manager Tony Wu of Abramson, full-time work did not impede his pursuit of a master’s degree. This fall, the LPS alum will begin a Ph.D. in Amsterdam.

It’s a long road from the University of Pennsylvania to Amsterdam, but cancer research knows no bounds. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 19, 2015

Penn Telescope Minerva-Red Joins Hunt for Earth’s Twin

University of Pennsylvania astronomers are celebrating the dedication of a new planet-hunting telescope known as Minerva-Red. Installed at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona, Minerva-Red is part of the Minerva project, an array of low-cost telescopes that are designed to discover planets orbiting stars other than the sun.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151May 19, 2015

Penn Students Share Stories Through Rap Music

For members of the Korean rap group Klass, expressing themselves through their music is empowering them to learn new skills and inspiring them to pursue their passions.

When the group’s founder James An, was 10, his family moved from Gwangmyeong-Si, South Korea, to Vancouver, British Columbia, and as he was adapting to life in Canada he would emulate rap performers such as Eminem.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 15, 2015

Penn Student Leads Nepali Earthquake Relief Effort

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Graduate student Sandeep Shah is managing a fundraising effort to help the people in Nepal, especially those who are vulnerable to trafficking.

After a major earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, University of Pennsylvania graduate student Sandeep Shah felt helpless.  

But, he also knew that his interdisciplinary background in social work, finance and philanthropy could help those who needed it the most.