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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 29, 2013

Penn Professor Mary Frances Berry a Long-time Civil Rights Advocate and Voice for the Powerless

Mary Frances Berry, 74, has dedicated her life to championing the rights of people “nobody else would listen to.”

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 25, 2013

Musical Performances Part of Penn’s MLK Observances

PHILADELPHIA -- Live musical performances are part of the University of Pennsylvania’s activities surrounding Martin Luther King Day.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Penn faculty, staff and students are invited to have dinner, participate in a discussion and listen to music that made history during “Liberating Music: the Parallels of Africa’s Freedom Music and U.S. Civil Rights Songs,” at the W.E.B. DuBois College House, 3900 Walnut St.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 23, 2013

Penn’s Social Policy & Practice and African-American Resource Center to Host ‘Let’s Talk About Race’

PHILADELPHIA — The School of Social Policy & Practice and the African-American Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania will host “Let’s Talk About Race” Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. in the Claudia Cohen Hall Terrace Room.

“Let’s Talk About Race” is a frank, interactive discussion, offering people of all races, backgrounds and beliefs a way to foster communication and create understanding.  It is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 23, 2013

Owl Monkeys Who ‘Stay True’ Reproduce More Than Those With Multiple Partners, Penn Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA — Breaking up is hard to do — and can be detrimental to one’s reproductive fitness, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study.

Focusing on wide-eyed, nocturnal owl monkeys, considered a socially monogamous species, the research reveals that, when an owl monkey pair is severed by an intruding individual, the mate who takes up with a new partner produces fewer offspring than a monkey who sticks with its tried-and-true partner.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 18, 2013

Penn Vet Study Reveals a Promising New Target for Parkinson’s Disease Therapies

PHILADELPHIA — With a new insight into a model of Parkinson’s disease, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a novel target for mitigating some of the disease’s toll on the brain.

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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 18, 2013

Annenberg, SAS Professor Examines Effects of Digital Media on Social Movements in China

Guobin Yang has an unquenchable interest in the effect of digital media on society and social movements.  China, Yang’s homeland, has been quick to pull the censorship trigger on media of all sorts that report events the government construes

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658January 17, 2013
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 17, 2013

Penn Researcher Explores the World of the Sex Trade

While some Ivy League professors are clean-cut academics who wear suits with bowties and carry stacks of books from the library, others shatter that image. 

Instead, some wear jeans and explore very dark, far-away places.  One of those researchers studies the underworld of the sex trade -- not just in Philadelphia but also in New York City and in India.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 14, 2013

After Six Decades, Penn Archaeologists Carry on a Tradition of Research and Discovery in Turkey

In 1950, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology sent scholars to a site in central Turkey, about 50 miles southwest of Ankara. There they began an effort to uncover — literally and figuratively — details about the societies and cultures of the people who lived there hundreds to thousands of years before.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 7, 2013

Penn Launches Commemorative Symposium on Social Change Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania will remember Martin Luther King Jr. with its 18th Annual Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, a series of nearly 25 community events Jan. 15-Feb. 1.