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Penn Researchers Discover Evidence of Stone Age Wine Predating Earlier Findings
November 14, 2017
Georgia in the South Caucasus, not Iran, may be the birthplace of wine. In two archaeological sites there, researchers have discovered wine residue in ceramic jars dating back to 6,000 B.C.E., 600-1,000 years earlier than evidence previously found in Iran. The discovery was made by an international team of scientists; a University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology scholar was lead author of the paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
For Penn Undergrads, New Digital-Humanities Minor Offers Unique Perspectives on Conventional Ideas
November 10, 2017
A new Digital Humanities minor spearheaded by Stewart Varner and colleagues at the Price Lab offers courses from departments across the university, including “The Digital Lives of Books” taught by Whitney Trettien of the School of Arts and Sciences. 
Luck Plays a Role in How Language Evolves, Penn Team Finds
November 1, 2017
Read a few lines of Chaucer or Shakespeare and you’ll get a sense of how the English language has changed during the past millennium. Linguists catalogue these changes and work to discern why they happened. Meanwhile, evolutionary biologists have been doing something similar with living things, exploring how and why certain genes have changed over generations.
ICA Appoints Daniella Rose King as New Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow
October 24, 2017
Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania announced today the appointment of Daniella Rose King as the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow, effective immediately. King is a London-born writer, curator, and producer concerned with the social history of art, particularly when it brings to light forgotten, oppressed or difficult histories, moments of struggle, and spaces of resistance.
Penn Freshman English Seminar Explores Philadelphia as Its Classroom
October 16, 2017
A 20-minute trolley ride and a world away, the woods of Bartram’s Garden became an outdoor classroom for a group of University of Pennsylvania students this fall. The new freshman seminar “English 16: Arts and Nature,” taught by Rebecca Bushnell, investigates the many ways in which the arts have both represented and shaped the natural world.
Larry Ceisler Named Chair of WXPN Policy Board
October 12, 2017
WXPN, the member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, announced today that media strategist Larry Ceisler has been named Chair of the WXPN Policy Board.
Amid Devastation of Hurricane Maria, Penn Researchers with Puerto Rico Connections Focus on Helping Colleagues
October 10, 2017
After Hurricane Maria hit, researchers with connections to Puerto Rico, like Arjun Yodh, Alain Plante and Douglas Jerolmak of the School of Arts and Sciences and PIK Professor Michael Platt, reached out to their collaborators on the island.
The Penn Community Responds to Recent Natural Disasters
October 4, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania is lending a helping hand after a series of disasters leveled areas across the Western Hemisphere.
Ph.D. Student Advances Cultural Heritage and Local Engagement in Jordan, Egypt
September 29, 2017
After witnessing the destruction of archeological treasures firsthand, Robbie Vigar, a second year anthropology Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, is advancing a relatively new way to look at cultural heritage preservation research: through the eyes of local residents.
Penn Senior Studies Ancient Inscriptions Documenting Greek God’s Slave ‘Purchases’
September 29, 2017
If the old adage holds true to “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” University of Pennsylvania senior Claudia Kassner will enjoy a long and happy career studying ancient languages and history. She spent last summer in Greece at the archaeological site of Delphi, a major religious destination in the ancient Greek world, examining the manumission epigraphy, inscriptions that document the act of slave owners freeing their slaves.