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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 13, 2011

Penn GSE, Departments of Education and Commerce Conference Set: Education Technology as an Export

PHILADELPHIA — The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania has joined forces with the U.S. departments of Commerce and Education to organize the Exporting Education Technology Conference, May 16 at Penn.

The conference is designed to promote U.S. exports of education technology and to invite business leaders to offer their thoughts on how government can best assist these efforts.

Hospitals, Medical Centers Offering Meditation and More

May 10, 2011

The Penn Program for Mindfulness is cited for using a mindfulness approach to meditation for cancer patients.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 12, 2011

Penn Researchers Identify the Roots of Memory Impairment Resulting From Sleep Deprivation

PHILADELPHIA — From high-school students to surgeons, anyone who has pulled an all-nighter knows there is a price to be paid the next day: trouble focusing, a fuzzy memory and other cognitive impairments.  Now, researchers at Penn have found the part of the brain and the neurochemical basis for sleep deprivation’s effects on memory. 

'Expert on Expertise'

Philip Tetlock, a PIK professor in Psychology and Wharton, has mapped the accuracy of 82,000 predictions by nearly 300 experts, finding them no more accurate than chimps throwing darts. (Making History)

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 4, 2011

Two Penn Students Named Albert Schweitzer Fellows

PHILADELPHIA — Two graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, along with 13 others from the greater Philadelphia region, have each been awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. 

These students, members of the 2011-12 class of Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows, will spend the next year addressing health disparities in the region while developing lifelong leadership skills.

Food Fight: Feds Aim to Cut Ads Targeting Kids

May 2, 2011

Amy Jordan of the Annenberg Public Policy Center comments on marketing tactics used to attract children.

Article Source: WHYY “Newsworks”

Disposal of Bin Laden’s Body Departed From Strict Muslim Tradition, Says Philadelphia Religion Expert

May 2, 2011

Jamal Elias of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on how the burial of Osama Bin Laden’s body did not align with Islamic law.

Article Source: CBS Philly
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 2, 2011

Penn’s Field Center to Hear Bill Cosby as Keynote Speaker at “One Child, Many Hands” Conference

PHILADELPHIA — The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Bill Cosby will serve as the opening keynote speaker for its fourth biennial conference, “One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare,” June 8 at 9 a.m. at Penn’s Wharton School.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 26, 2011

Penn Research Demonstrates Motivation Plays a Critical Role in Determining IQ Test Scores

PHILADELPHIA — New psychology research at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates a correlation between a test-taker’s motivation and performance on an IQ test and, more important, between that performance and a person’s future success.  

Angela Lee Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, led the research, which involved two related studies.

Video: Taking the Mound at Citizens bank Park on Science Day: Philliebot

April 19, 2011

Philliebot, the pitching robot built by the GRASP laboratory of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, is featured.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer