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

At the World Resources Forum in Beijing, Penn’s Iliana Sepúlveda Shares Lessons on Energy Subsides

PHILADELPHIA — To a room full of academics and Ph.D. students in the notoriously polluted city of Beijing, the University of Pennsylvania’s Iliana Sepúlveda presented ideas for increasing the use of energy-efficient technology that may one day help lessen the burden of fossil-fuel combustion in that city, as well as many others across the globe.

For Science, a Consequential Election

October 24, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences shares his opinion about the importance of science and research in the upcoming presidential election.

Article Source: The Huffington Post

Slow-moving Atchafalaya River Beats Mississippi at Building Wetlands, New Study Confirms

October 23, 2012

Douglas Jerolmack of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about a study he led on the Mississippi floods of 2011.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2012

A Mississippi River Diversion During the 2011 Flood Helped Build Louisiana Wetlands, Penn Geologists Find

PHILADELPHIA — The extensive system of levees along the Mississippi River has done much to prevent devastating floods in riverside communities. But the levees have also contributed to the loss of Louisiana’s wetlands. By holding in floodwaters, they prevent sediment from flowing into the watershed and rebuilding marshes, which are compacting under their own weight and losing ground to sea-level rise.

Butterfly-wing Wafers to Clad Iridescent Buildings

October 16, 2012

Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured for his research on combining the related structural color and water-repelling properties found in butterfly wings.

Article Source: New Scientist

Dozens of Nobel Laureates for Obama

October 18, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences shares his thoughts about an open letter signed by several Nobel Laureates who are endorsing President Obama.

Article Source: The Huffington Post

Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain Development, Study Finds

October 14, 2012

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for studying how a range of childhood experiences might influence the development of the brain.

Article Source: The Guardian
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 16, 2012

Penn Bridges Disparities Through Diversity and Cultural Competence in the Midst of Health-care Reform

Health-care reform and cultural competence in health-care delivery are hot topics.  Research has shown that cultural competence is a key strategy for bridging health and health-care disparities.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will host its annual conference on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 106 of the Philadelphia Heart Institute, 51 N. 39th St.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.Kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 15, 2012

Institute of Medicine Elects Six New Members From Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Six professors from the University of Pennsylvania, representing four schools, have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,732 and the number of foreign associates to 112. With an additional 84 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,928.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 12, 2012

Penn Students Spend A Summer With Owl Monkeys — and Learn More Than Primatology

It’s almost as far away from Philadelphia urban life as one can imagine. Or, to be precise, it’s a 14-hour plane ride followed by a 16-hour bus ride capped by a 40-minute ride in a truck away from the University of Pennsylvania campus.