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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 29, 2010

Penn Biologists Say Species Accumulate on Earth at Slower Rates Than in the Past

PHILADELPHIA –- Computational biologists at the University of Pennsylvania say that species are still accumulating on Earth but at a slower rate than in the past.

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Media Contact:Amy Montgomery | amylmo@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386September 21, 2010

Former Philadelphia Managing Director Camille Cates Barnett To Become Penn IUR Scholar

Today, Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter, co-directors of the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) announced that Dr. Camille Cates Barnett, formerly Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, will become a Penn IUR Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. With support of a William Penn Foundation grant to Penn IUR, Dr. Barnett will research best practices and innovations in urban governance, as well as pen articles on those topics and guest lecture in Penn IUR’s undergraduate urban research colloquium.
 

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 21, 2010

Penn Researchers Tap Into Cell Power to Create Building “Skins” That Adapt to Heat/Light of Environment

PHILADELPHIA –- Engineers, design architects and cell biologists from the University of Pennsylvania will use a National Science Foundation grant to utilize the flexibility and sensitivity of human cells as the models for next-generation building “skins” that will adapt to changes in the environment and increase building energy efficiency.

‘Not Even Past’

In Not Even Past: President Obama and the Burden of Race and in an audio sidebar, historian Thomas Sugrue discusses race in America and the meaning of the Obama presidency. (SAS Frontiers)

‘Sandy’s Footprint’

With her first children’s book, Femida Handy of Social Policy & Practice is showing the next generation of young readers how to be more environmentally friendly. (Penn Current)

For Blacks, Progress in Happiness

September 14, 2010

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers of the Wharton School discuss their research on people’s happiness in various demographic categories.

Article Source: New York Times

Bioethics Commission

President Amy Gutmann chairs the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, which concludes a meeting on campus today. Anita Allen of Law also serves on the panel. (Penn Current)

Running Jogs the Academic Mind

August 29, 2010

Sarah Barringer Gordon of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Law School is cited for her book “The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America,” and says running helps jump start the mind.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 3, 2010

Moonstruck Primates: Owl Monkeys Need Moonlight as Much as a Biological Clock for Nocturnal Activity

PHILADELPHIA –- An international collaboration led by a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist has shown that environmental factors, like temperature and light, play as much of a role in the activity of traditionally nocturnal monkeys as the circadian rhythm that regulates periods of sleep and wakefulness.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151September 2, 2010