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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 20, 2010

Penn Dining Observing Earth Day With Low Carbon Eats

WHAT: A “Low Carbon Diet Day” in observance of Earth Day, during which the menu in the University of Pennsylvania dining halls will feature foods with a low carbon footprint

WHO: By serving foods that contribute less greenhouse-gas emission, Bon Appétit at Penn Dining will inform consumers about reducing their carbon impact. Diners can track their carbon use Bon Appetit's Low Carbon Diet calculator at:

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 22

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Media Contact: | | March 25, 2010

Moody's Continues Penn's Aa2 Long-Term Debt Rating


PHILADELPHIA –- Citing the University of Pennsylvania’s strong student demand and yield, good progress on its current Making History $3.5 billion fundraising campaign and robust research funding, Moody’s Investor Service has reaffirmed Penn’s Aa2 rating with a stable outlook.

“We're very pleased,” Stephen D. Golding, Penn's vice president for finance and treasurer, said. “In continuing this rating, Moody's also took note of our solid balance sheet and sustained operating performance. Given the financial challenges of the past two years, this is quite encouraging.”

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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | | 202-415-9881March 9, 2010

University of Pennsylvania to Expand Academic, Research Collaborations With Tsinghua University

BEIJING -- The University of Pennsylvania and Tsinghua University today announced agreements to build upon research and academic collaborations between the two schools. In particular, the universities signed agreements reaffirming their commitment to environmental sustainability, through the work of the Penn-Tsinghua T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, founded in 2006.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151March 3, 2010

Five University of Pennsylvania Scientists Awarded Sloan Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA -- Five young scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows for 2010.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658February 26, 2010

Penn Sets Tuition for 2010-11 Year; Boosts Financial Aid Budget in Tight Economy


PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania today announced one of its smallest tuition increases in 42 years -– 3.8 percent -– while reaffirming its commitment to its innovative no-loan financial-aid program. Penn will expand its financial-aid budget for the coming year by $15 million, or 11 percent, to $149 million.

In 2009-2010, the number of aided undergraduates jumped by 10 percent, and aid expenditures have grown by 19 percent.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151February 22, 2010

Jon M. Huntsman Jr., U.S. Ambassador to China, to Speak at Penn’s 254th Commencement

PHILADELPHIA –- The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman Jr., U.S. ambassador to China, will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania’s 254th commencement on Monday, May 17.

Huntsman’s long public-service career includes being elected to two terms as governor of Utah. He was formerly deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, ambassador to Singapore and deputy U.S. trade representative and is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604February 18, 2010

Penn Marks First Anniversary of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act With $171 Million in Research Funding


PHILADELPHIA –- On the first anniversary of the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the University of Pennsylvania has received more than $171 million in awards that fund more than 348 studies in gene therapy, robotics, public education, neurological disorders, the origins of cardiovascular disease and more.

Approximately 700 different positions at Penn are funded by ARRA, allowing Penn researchers to continue studies in nearly every aspect of basic science and public health.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422February 2, 2010

RecycleMania E-Waste Collection for Cast-Off Personal Electronics Is Tomorrow



In support of RecycleMania, the CommuniTech group at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will host an electronic waste recycling event for the Penn community.



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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422January 22, 2010

RecycleMania Kick-off Monday to Include Presentation of PennMOVES’ $30,000 Donation to United Way



The kick-off for 10 weeks of RecycleMania, when the University of Pennsylvania joins 400 schools across the nation to see which school can cut the most waste and increase its rate of recycling.

Special events at Penn begin with a Recycle Bin Rally, where personal recycling bins will be given to the first 200 who attend, a presentation of the proceeds from June’s PennMOVES sale to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the screening of the documentary film “No Impact Man.”