Faculty & Staff


University of Pennsylvania Gene Therapy Shows Promise in Eradicating Some Blood Cancers

December 10, 2012

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine and his research team discuss their unique genetic therapy that has “tamed terminal leukemia in seven out of the first 10 patients” and its risks.

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Coursera Revolutionizes Education

December 10, 2012

Al Filreis of the Kelly Writers House is interviewed about offering his poetry classes via Coursera, a free online learning platform consisting of 33 top U.S. universities, including Penn.

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Penn President Amy Gutmann discusses “The Spirit of Compromise”

December 10, 2012

Amy Gutmann talks to Book TV about her latest book, “The Spirit of Compromise,” and her role as president of the University, as a part of Book TV’s College Series.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 7, 2012

Penn-Led Research Suggests a New Strategy to Prevent or Halt Periodontal Disease

PHILADELPHIA — Periodontitis, a form of chronic gum disease that affects nearly half of the U.S. adult population, results when the bacterial community in the mouth becomes unbalanced, leading to inflammation and eventually bone loss. In its most severe form, which affects 8.5 percent of U.S. adults, periodontitis can impact systemic health.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 6, 2012

Donors Can Make a Bigger Difference With Holiday-Giving Tips From Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy

PHILADELPHIA — The holiday season sparks the spirit of giving and to help donors who are looking to make a difference for others through charitable contributions, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released a free, online toolkit outlining the most effective opportunities.

Q&A: Laurie Olin

December 3, 2012

Laurie Olin of the School of Design is interviewed.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460
Media Contact:Jonathan Gilad | jgilad@apsanet.org | 202-349-9367 December 4, 2012

Penn Professor Nancy Hirschmann Elected Vice President of American Political Science Association

PHILADELPHIA –- The American Political Science Association has elected University of Pennsylvania Political Science Professor Nancy Hirschmann as a vice president for 2012-2013.

Hirschmann is one of three new vice presidents who serve one-year terms on the association’s council.  She is joined by Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University and Hanes Walton Jr. of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as APSA vice presidents.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 November 30, 2012

Five Penn Professors Named AAAS Fellows

PHILADELPHIA – Five faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Two are from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, two are from its School of Arts and Sciences and one has appointments in both schools.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151November 29, 2012

Penn’s Scott Reikofski Honored by the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors


For two decades, Scott Reikofski has influenced University of Pennsylvania fraternities and sororities, as well as Greek life nationally and internationally.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 29, 2012

Penn Scientist Named First Director of New Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy

PHILADELPHIA — H. Lee Sweeney, Ph.D., the William Maul Measey Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, has been named the inaugural director of Penn’s Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy. The primary mission of the Center is to expedite the translational science and development of novel therapies for rare and orphan diseases.