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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 30, 2010

Philadelphia Middle School Students to Launch Power Boats and Rocket Cars at Penn’s Innoworks

WHO:

Penn student volunteers and their middle-school partners will launch rockets and power boats as part of a week-long summer course designed to get young people excited about science and technology.

WHAT:

What Does It Mean to Be an Ant?

August 26, 2010

 Shelly Berger of the School of Medicine comments on a breakthrough genome study.

Article Source: Nature
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 25, 2010

University of Pennsylvania-Led Study Identifies New Genetic Risk Factor for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

PHILADELPHIA –- An international study led by biologists and neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new genetic risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Workplace Safety Violations Can't Just Be Speeding Tickets

August 24, 2010

Adam Finkel and Cary Coglianese of the Law School comment on environmental energy safety regulations.

Article Source: Fortune
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 25, 2010

UMR Coalition Praises Recovery Act’s Investment Impact on Science, Innovation and Technology

PHILADELPHIA –- A White House report analyzing the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on innovation, science and technology has drawn praise from United for Medical Research.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 24, 2010

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice Professor Pens Children’s Book on Environmental Impact

PHILADELPHIA — Femida Handy, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, shows the next generation of young readers how to take steps toward becoming more environmentally friendly with her first children’s book,  “Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint.”
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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 23, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Makes Top 20 in Sierra Club List of ‘America’s 100 Greenest Schools’

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania came in at No. 19 –- up from No. 45 last year -- in the Sierra Club Magazine’s ranking of colleges it believes are doing the most for the planet.

Penn was cited particularly for its Green Fund program, which awards grants to faculty, staff or students for innovative sustainability proposals.  According to the September/October issue of the magazine, “Penn spurs competition to help execute its Climate Action Plan.”

Old Irish Bones May Yield Murderous Secrets in Pa.

August 16, 2010

Janet Monge of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Museum says bones of Irish immigrants discovered in Philadelphia reveal secrets about both life and death.

Article Source: Associated Press

Inquiry on Harvard Lab Threatens Ripple Effect

August 12, 2010

Robert Seyfarth of the School of Arts and Sciences says one tainted scientific finding can spoil any others that were built on it.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 12, 2010

Penn Student Christopher Lester Receives U.S. Energy Department Graduate Fellowship

PHILADELPHIA – Christopher Lester, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, is among 150 recipients of a new U.S. Energy Department Graduate Fellowship to encourage students to pursue careers in science, mathematics and engineering.