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Bioethics Gets an Airing

July 7, 2010

President Amy Gutmann debates synthetic biology.

Article Source: Nature

Congress Looks at Mobile Location Services and Privacy

June 23, 2010

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science provides expert testimony at a congressional hearing on mobile location services.

Article Source: Washington Post

Fruit Fly Genes Yielding Clues to Lou Gehrig's Disease

June 28, 2010

Gillian Ritson, a graduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences, uses mutant fruit flies to study possible Alzheimer's treatments.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 24, 2010

Marcella Durand Named 2010-2011 Fellow at Penn’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing

PHILADELPHIA -– Marcella Durand has been named the 2010-2011 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn | 215-898-6460June 23, 2010

Nine from Penn Selected as American Council of Learned Societies 2010 Fellows and Grantees

PHILADELPHIA – Nine scholars from the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded American Council of Learned Societies fellowships and grants.

ACLS is a private, nonprofit federation of 70 national scholarly organizations.  Its mission is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."

Penn fellows and grantees are:

Modular courses

Karl Ulrich of the Wharton School’s San Francisco campus has been engaged in an experiment that has proven to him and other Wharton faculty that “modular courses” have a purpose in the curriculum. (Wharton Magazine)

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 17, 2010

Penn Physicists Honored With 2010 Europhysics Prize

PHILADELPHIA -- Charles Kane and Eugene Mele of the University of Pennsylvania are among five scientists awarded the 2010 Europhysics Prize of the European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division for the theoretical prediction and experimental observation of the quantum spin Hall effect and topological insulators.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 June 16, 2010

Sex, Drugs and Moral Goals: A Penn Psychology Study of Reproductive Strategies and Recreational Drug Use

PHILADELPHIA –- Why is there so much disagreement about whether using recreational drugs is morally wrong? A University of Pennsylvania psychology study shows that the debate about drugs might really be about sex.

The study compared two competing theories.

One theory -- the conventional wisdom in political science -- sees drug attitudes as primarily coming from people's political ideology, level of religious commitment, and personality, for example, openness to experience. 

Lennie Briscoe's vote?

What does Oliver Twist have in common with "Law & Order"? According to Diana Mutz of Political Science and the Annenberg School for Communication both may be examples of fictional content with consequences for political attitudes.

Eye Exam May Someday Spot Multiple Sclerosis

June 10, 2010

School of Medicine researchers use ophthalmology to investigate multiple sclerosis.

Article Source: HealthDay News