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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820February 29, 2012

Penn GSE Event Addresses Global Literacy, Recognizes Inauguration of UNESCO Chair

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education will host “Global Literacy in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects,” at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15 in Huntsman Hall.

Featuring Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, this symposium is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604February 28, 2012

Penn Helps Rethink Smartphone Design With 'Computational Sprinting'

PHILADELPHIA — Computational sprinting is a groundbreaking new approach to smartphone power and cooling that could give users dramatic, brief bursts of computing capability to improve current applications and make new ones possible.

They’re, Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Currrrve

February 27, 2012

Mark Liberman of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on a variety of speaking trends and what it means that young women are leading the curve.

Article Source: New York Times

Southerners Sleepiest, U.S. ‘Sleep Map’ Shows

February 23, 2012

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study about sleep disturbances illustrated through state-by-state sleep maps.

Article Source: HealthDay

Like Pompeii, Ancient China Forest Buried by Volcano

February 23, 2012

Hermann Pfefferkorn of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on being among those to help discover a 300-million-year-old fossil forest in China.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460February 24, 2012

Feb. 28 Penn Lightbulb Café to Focus on Children Asking for Help in the Classroom

PHILADELPHIA – At the Penn Lightbulb Café on Tuesday, Feb. 28, Jessica McCrory Calarco, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, will discuss her research about the correlation between socioeconomic class and children’s seeking help in the classroom. 

The free lecture series takes discussions about the arts, humanities and social sciences out of the classroom for a night on the town.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369February 23, 2012

Sleepless in the South: Penn Medicine Study Discovers State and Regional Prevalence of Sleep Issues

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have put sleeplessness on the map — literally. The research team, analyzing nationwide data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has produced the first state-by-state sleep maps for the United States, revealing that residents of Southern states suffer from the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while residents on the West Coast report the least amount of problems.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604February 22, 2012

Penn Researchers Build First Physical “Metatronic” Circuit

PHILADELPHIA -- The technological world of the 21st century owes a tremendous amount to advances in electrical engineering, specifically, the ability to finely control the flow of electrical charges using increasingly small and complicated circuits. And while those electrical advances continue to race ahead, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing circuitry forward in a different way, by replacing electricity with light.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-459-0544February 20, 2012

Penn: New Combo of Chemo and Well-Known Malaria Drug Delivers Double Punch to Tumors

Blocking autophagy -- the process of "self-eating" within cells -- is turning out to be a viable way to enhance the effectiveness of a wide variety of cancer treatments.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194February 20, 2012

Penn Researcher Helps Discover and Characterize a 300-Million-Year Old Forest, Preserved Like Pompeii

PHILADELPHIA — Pompeii-like, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China.