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Media Contact: | | April 18, 2012

Penn to Offer Online Classes via Coursera

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania will join Princeton University, the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University in partnering with Coursera, an online education platform, to make Web-based courses available free and to improve teaching on campuses. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 17, 2012

Five Penn Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA — Five professors from the University of Pennsylvania are among the 220 elected to the 2012 class of members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. The current membership includes some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

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

Penn Vet Pathologists Uncover the Fate of Stranded Marine Mammals

Perry Habecker’s claim to fame? He’s the only Pennsylvania pathologist to have autopsied a “Pennsylvania” manatee.

The distinction is not incidental; dissecting and studying dead marine mammals is just part of the job for Habecker, chief of the Large Animal Pathology Service at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center campus, and for his colleagues.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 13, 2012

Three University of Pennsylvania Professors Receive 2012 Guggenheim Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA – Jamal J.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 11, 2012

Penn Hosts Africa Study Abroad Orientation

What is an International SOS card? Are pre-departure vaccinations required for some foreign travel? What to pack? When traveling abroad, it’s always better to know before you go.

Is Science Getting Easier, Harder or Both?

April 6, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences shares his comments about finding answers to difficult science questions.

Article Source: Psychology Today
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 10, 2012

Penn and Haverford Sign Agreement to Fast-track Undergrads Into Penn Engineering Master’s Programs

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College are launching a new program that will allow undergraduates at Haverford to gain early admission into a master’s degree program offered by Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.  The arrangement effectively allows Haverford students to obtain their bachelor’s degree in four years and then, through Penn, obtain their master’s degree with just one additional year of study.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 6, 2012

New Penn Dental Researcher George Hajishengallis Gets at the Root of Gum Disease

PHILADELPHIA — Trained as a dentist in Greece, George Hajishengallis, one of the newest faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, was happy enough with the idea of practicing dentistry there. But something was missing.

“As important as clinical treatment is — and I think it’s more important than research,” said Hajishengallis, “it can become routine.”

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

Penn Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Appointed to UNESCO International Bioethics Committee

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania’s Jonathan Moreno has been invited to join the United Nations Edu

Can Mars Save American Science From American Politics?

March 30, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences writes an op-ed about American science.

Article Source: The Huffington Post