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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 15, 2012

El Yunque Rock, an Icon of Puerto Rico, Is Eroding More Slowly Than Expected, Penn Geologists Discover

PHILADELPHIA — El Yunque rock is a majestic, anvil-shaped promontory that has been an icon of the island of Puerto Rico since pre-Columbian times. The barren rock, standing 3,412 feet high, protrudes above primary old growth forest and is enshrouded in clouds, swept constantly by the trade winds and frequently stricken by hurricanes. The rock receives an average of three rain showers a day and more than 14 feet of rain every year. Given Puerto Rico’s warm and dynamic tropical climate, El Yunque should be covered with vegetation and eroding rapidly.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 15, 2012

A Class of RNA Molecules Protects Germ Cells From Damage, Penn Vet Researchers Show

PHILADELPHIA — Passing one’s genes on to the next generation is a mark of evolutionary success. So it makes sense that the body would work to ensure that the genes the next generation inherits are exact replicas of the originals.

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Media Contact: | | November 9, 2012

Penn Social Policy & Practice Researcher Studies Homelessness and Academic Achievement

PHILADELPHIA -- One million American school children are homeless each year, and many more are thought to move frequently.  A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice is the lead author on a new longitudinal study linking homelessness and frequent moving with children’s achievement.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964October 31, 2012
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 9, 2012

Penn’s Public Safety Ranked First in Security Magazine’s Top-500 List for the Sixth Consecutive Year

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety has been ranked No. 1 in the higher-education sector for the sixth year in a row, according to Security Magazine’s Security 500 list.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 9, 2012

A Comparative Medicine Study by Penn Vet Identifies a New Approach to Combat Viral Infections

PHILADELPHIA — When a virus such as influenza invades our bodies, interferon proteins are among the first immune molecules produced to fight off the attack. Interferon can also play a role in suppressing tumor growth and the effects of autoimmune diseases, and doctors may use an artificial form of interferon to treat patients with certain cancers or multiple sclerosis. But even this approach sometimes fails when patients’ bodies reject the foreign interferon or growing resistant to its effects.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 7, 2012

Sixteen Penn Faculty Named to Initial Class of AMS Fellows

PHILADELPHIA -- Mathematical scientists from around the world, including 16 from the University of Pennsylvania, have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2013, the program's initial year.  This inaugural class of 1,119 Fellows represents more than 600 institutions.  

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659November 5, 2012

Penn Medicine Expert to Receive American Heart Association's Lifetime Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES — Lance Becker, MD, a professor of Emergency Medicine and director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the American Heart Association’s 2012 Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cardiac Resuscitation Science during the organization’s annual Scientific Sessions.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 2, 2012

Looking at the Big Picture: Penn Researcher Receives Grant to Study Success at Minority-serving Institutions

Panoramic images enable one to see everything in one complete picture, providing a better understanding of the entire setting.

And when looking at the landscape of higher education and student success, the viewer has to be able to see more than just a snapshot of public and private schools.

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Media Contact:Regina Jaslow | rjaslow@pennclubny.org | (212) 403-6657November 1, 2012

Claire M. Fagin Named Guggenheim Honor Cup 2012 Honoree by Penn Club of New York

NEW YORK -- The Penn Club of New York has named Dr. Claire M. Fagin as the 2012 honoree for the Guggenheim Honor Cup. This prestigious award will be presented at a dinner to be held on November 29, 2012, at the Penn Club of New York in midtown Manhattan.