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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2012

A Mississippi River Diversion During the 2011 Flood Helped Build Louisiana Wetlands, Penn Geologists Find

PHILADELPHIA — The extensive system of levees along the Mississippi River has done much to prevent devastating floods in riverside communities. But the levees have also contributed to the loss of Louisiana’s wetlands. By holding in floodwaters, they prevent sediment from flowing into the watershed and rebuilding marshes, which are compacting under their own weight and losing ground to sea-level rise.

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Media Contact:Leo Charney | lcharney@upenn.edu | October 18, 2012

Daniel Polsky Appointed Executive Director of Leonard Davis Institute at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Polsky has been named executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

The announcement was made today by Penn Provost Vincent Price.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 16, 2012

Penn Bridges Disparities Through Diversity and Cultural Competence in the Midst of Health-care Reform

Health-care reform and cultural competence in health-care delivery are hot topics.  Research has shown that cultural competence is a key strategy for bridging health and health-care disparities.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will host its annual conference on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 106 of the Philadelphia Heart Institute, 51 N. 39th St.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 15, 2012

Enrique G. Mendoza Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA -- Enrique G. Mendoza, a scholar of international macroeconomics, has been named a Presidential Term Professor of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.Kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 15, 2012

Institute of Medicine Elects Six New Members From Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Six professors from the University of Pennsylvania, representing four schools, have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,732 and the number of foreign associates to 112. With an additional 84 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,928.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 12, 2012

Penn Students Spend A Summer With Owl Monkeys — and Learn More Than Primatology

It’s almost as far away from Philadelphia urban life as one can imagine. Or, to be precise, it’s a 14-hour plane ride followed by a 16-hour bus ride capped by a 40-minute ride in a truck away from the University of Pennsylvania campus.

A Major Glitch for Digitized Health-care Records

September 17, 2012

Ross Koppel of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine co-authors an op-ed on health-care-information technologies.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 8, 2012

Penn Hosts First Ivy Plus STEM Symposium

This weekend, Penn hosted the first Ivy Plus Symposium and workshops for diverse scholars, a national conference designed to encourage exceptional undergraduate students to pursue advanced training in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820
Media Contact:Kat Stein | katstein@gse.upenn.edu | 215-898-9642October 5, 2012

Facing Global Educational Issues: Penn GSE Researchers in Austria

Marybeth Gasman and Laura Perna, two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education are in Austria this week for the Salzburg Global Seminar

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658October 1, 2012

Chyke Doubeni Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA -- Chyke Doubeni has been named the second Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Doubeni, an expert on colorectal cancer and racial disparities in health care, is Presidential Term Associate Professor-Clinician Educator in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.