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Media Contact: | | January 19, 2010

Penn Receives $20 Million for University Professorships; Weiss Gift Will Create Four PIK Positions

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has received a $20 million gift designated for faculty support from George A. Weiss, a Penn alum and trustee and chair of the Making History campaign, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced today.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 21, 2009

Genetic Study Led by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell Clarifies African and African-American Ancestry

PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422December 14, 2009

Penn Grad Sarah-Jane Littleford Named Rhodes Scholar

 

PHILADELPHIA –- Sarah-Jane Littleford, a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University in England.

Littleford, who is from Harare, Zimbabwe, was one of two Rhodes Scholars selected from that country. She learned of the honor today after an interview with the selection committee.

“I am delighted and humbled to have been selected as one of two Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholars for this year!” she said in an email this morning.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2009

Penn, Georgia Collaboration Awarded $14.6 Million to Expand Pathogen Database, Expedite Worldwide Research

PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia have been awarded a five-year, $14.6 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the US National Institutes of Health, to expand and extend work on the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genome Database Resource, http://EuPathDB.org. This revolutionary open database enables scientists to examine genes, genomes, isolates, and other attributes related to a variety of important human pathogens.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 2, 2009

Sea Level Is Rising Along U.S. Atlantic Coast, According to Data Analysis by Penn Environmental Scientists

PHILADELPHIA –- An international team of environmental scientists led by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that sea-level rise along the Atlantic Coast of the United States was 2 millimeters faster in the 20th century than at any time in the past 4,000 years.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 1, 2009

University of Pennsylvania Senior Joshua Bennett Wins United Kingdom’s Marshall Scholarship

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania senior Joshua Bennett of Yonkers, New York has won a prestigious United Kingdom Government Marshall Scholarship for graduate studies in the U.K. He is among 35 winners of the prestigious scholarship.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 1, 2009

Penn Professors Marie Gottschalk and Charlene Compher Win 2009-10 Fulbright Scholarships

PHILADELPHIA –- Marie Gottschalk and Charlene Compher of the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarships.

Gottschalk, who researches the welfare state and mass incarceration in America, is professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences. She received a short-term grant to travel to Japan to lecture at the Nagoya American Studies Seminar for two weeks this past summer.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658November 25, 2009

Gutmann Named to Chair Obama’s Bioethics Commission

PHILADELPHIA –- Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected by President Obama to chair the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. As head of the commission, Gutmann, president of Penn since 2004 and a prominent political scientist, will advise the President on a range of bioethical issues.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 6, 2009

Penn Biologist Joshua Plotkin Awarded Packard Fellowship

 

PHILADELPHIA -- Joshua Plotkin, a biologist in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded an $875,000 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

Plotkin was one of 16 researchers chosen from 99 nominees from 50 universities. His research involves mapping genetic information in nature through the use of mathematical formulas.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 2, 2009

There’s a Speed Limit to the Pace of Evolution, Penn Biologists Say


PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a theoretical model that informs the understanding of evolution and determines how quickly an organism will evolve using a catalogue of “evolutionary speed limits.” The model provides quantitative predictions for the speed of evolution on various “fitness landscapes,” the dynamic and varied conditions under which bacteria, viruses and even humans adapt.