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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 26, 2012

Penn-led Study of African Hunter-Gatherers Elucidates Human Variation, Evolution and Interbreeding

PHILADELPHIA — Human diversity in Africa is greater than any place else on Earth. Differing food sources, geographies, diseases and climates offered many targets for natural selection to exert powerful forces on Africans to change and adapt to their local environments. The individuals who adapted best were the most likely to reproduce and pass on their genomes to the generations who followed.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 25, 2012

Many Protected Areas Face Threats in Sustaining Biodiversity, Penn’s Daniel Janzen and Colleagues Report

PHILADELPHIA — Establishing protection over a swath of land seems like a good way to conserve its species and its ecosystems. But in a new study, University of Pennsylvania biologist Daniel Janzen joins more than 200 colleagues to report that protected areas are still vulnerable to damaging encroachment, and many are suffering from biodiversity loss.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 23, 2012

Penn’s Benjamin Horton Working on State-by-state Sea-level Research

PHILADELPHIA — In June, the North Carolina legislature attempted to block a group of local scientists’ findings about how climate change could impact the state via sea-level rise. The new legislation would, for a time, prohibit the state’s coastal developers from using anything but linear estimates for rates of sea-level rise, where levels would go up by around 20 centimeters over the next century.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 16, 2012

Penn Faculty Receive Alternative Energy Project Grants

PHIADELPHIA — Alternative energy research projects involving four faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded grants from the Energy Commercialization Institute, a translational-research partnership that draws upon several regional universities.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151July 13, 2012

Peter Van Do Named Director of Penn’s Pan-Asian American Community House

PHILADELPHIA – Peter Van Do has been named director of the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 23.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 12, 2012

Penn’s Nader Engheta Receives Electromagnetics Award

PHILADELPHIA — Nader Engheta received the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award at a ceremony Wednesday evening in Chicago. He is the H.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | (215) 662-6183July 9, 2012

Penn Neurologist First American to Receive Highest Ecuadorean Scientific Prize

The Ecuadorean National Assembly has bestowed its highest scientific award to Donald Silberberg, MD, professor emeritus and former Chair of Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, for his efforts spanning two decades to raise awareness, enhance medical education and improve patient care for neurological and psychiatric conditions globally, and in Ecuador. This is the first time the Ecuadorean National Assembly has granted the Vicente Rocafuerte condecoration to an American.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 9, 2012

Penn Division of Public Safety’s Annual Report Now Online

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety’s Annual Report, capturing a year of Public Safety and its activities, is now available online.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 2, 2012

Chasing Storms to Study the Carbon Cycle, Penn’s Hyejung Lee Pursues Research in Puerto Rico

Most visitors to the Caribbean hope that their stay won’t coincide with a major tropical storm.

Hyejung Lee hoped for exactly the opposite.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 26, 2012

Penn Medicine's Mariell Jessup Named President-elect of American Heart Association

PHILADELPHIA — Mariell Jessup, MD, associate chief-Clinical Affairs, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and medical director of the Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center, has been named president-elect of the American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Jessup will begin her term on July 1, 2012.