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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 13, 2012

Penn’s Steven Fluharty Makes Case for Research Funding in Capitol Hill Briefing

PHILADELPHIA — In the waning days of 2012, two words have dominated the post-election discourse: “fiscal cliff.” The cliff is a combination of impending budgetary measures that will take effect in January if a legislative compromise is not reached.

One area of the budget that would see serious cuts is funding for the national science agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Combined with cuts to other agencies and departments, the amount of research and development funding lost could total $58 billion over five years.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 13, 2012

Penn’s Robert Ghrist Will Teach Calculus Online to Tens of Thousands

PHILADELPHIA — Learning calculus is no easy feat. But beginning next month, the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert Ghrist will use a new, visually stimulating approach to engage tens of thousands of students in the task with a massive open online course, or MOOC, offered through Coursera’s online platform.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964December 12, 2012

Penn Medicine Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery Elected to American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

PHILADELPHIA — L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, was recently elected to the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Board of Regents.

Activists Bemoan Apathy over Murder Rate

December 7, 2012

Chad Dion Lassiter of the School of Social Policy & Practice comments on the lack of outrage over the city’s murder rate, attributing it to multiple factors such as moral erosion and a lack of community commitment.

Article Source: The Philadelphia Tribune

The Ugly Truth

December 9, 2012

Barbie Zelizer of the Annenberg School for Communication pens an op-ed about the power of controversial and explicit image of death, pending death and violence.

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Free Verses

December 10, 2012

Al Filreis of the

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Coating on Aspirin Sets Off a Debate

December 10, 2012

Garret FitzGerald from the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about his study that found the coating on aspirin designed to protect the stomach slowed the body’s ability to absorb the drug.

Article Source: New York Times

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.

Article Source: Philly.com

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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