News Releases



Penn-led Team Uncovers the Physiology Behind the Hour-long Mating Call of Midshipman Fish
January 12, 2018
According to the Guinness World Records, the longest any person has held a continuous vocal note is just shy of two minutes. That’s quite an achievement. Compared to the Pacific midshipman fish, however, the endurance of the human vocal cord is no match. Midshipman fish can generate a mating call that emits continuously from their bodies for a full hour.
Steven Weitzman of Penn’s Katz Center Receives a 2017 National Jewish Book Award
January 12, 2018
Steven Weitzman of the University of Pennsylvania has won a 2017 National Jewish Book Award for his book The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
By Altering Bone Marrow, ‘Training’ Can Prepare Innate Immune System for Future Challenges
January 11, 2018
When you receive a vaccine against a disease like polio or influenza, your immune system gears up to defend against that particular infection. If you wind up getting chickenpox instead, or even a slightly different strain of the flu, you would be out of luck. That’s because traditional vaccines enlist the adaptive immune system, the functions of which are carried out largely by hyperspecific T and B cells, each targeted to a particular threat.
Penn Design’s Kenneth Lum Named an Officer in the Order of Canada
January 8, 2018
University of Pennsylvania Professor Kenneth Lum, chair of the Fine Arts Department in the School of Design, has been named an Officer in the Order of Canada, one of the highest Canadian civilian honors.
Penn Appoints Matt Sessa as Executive Director of Student Registration and Financial Services
January 8, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania has named Matt Sessa the executive director of student registration and financial services. His appointment will be effective Jan. 16.
With a $450,000 Air Force Grant, Penn Physicist Will Shed Light on an Emerging Field in Physics
January 5, 2018
Bo Zhen, an assistant professor of physics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Young Investigator Grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Three Grants Allow Penn Libraries to Digitize Major Collections
January 5, 2018
The Penn Libraries is proud to announce its involvement in three grants awarded through the innovative program Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Building a New Research Environment, supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Experimentation Creates Unique Penn English Course
January 5, 2018
During a lifetime of teaching, University of Pennsylvania English professor Charles Bernstein has created and tested various writing “experiments” that now number 95 on a list used by professors and writers worldwide.
Penn Presents 2018 Annual Symposium on Social Change Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
January 4, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania will honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with film screenings, lectures, workshops, panel discussions and musical performances during its 23rd Annual Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, Jan. 15-31.                                                       Organized by the African-American Resource Center at Penn, all MLK Symposium events are free and open to the public; however, registration is required for some events.
Penn Senior Takes Up Worldwide Challenge of Climate-change Refugees
January 3, 2018
By Julie McWilliams The news is filled with stories of natural disasters, hurricanes, tornados, floods and fires, many often attributed to climate change. News crews, however, move on to the next story and don't follow up on the people displaced in the aftermaths. Where do they go? How are their needs met? Who is tracking their resettlement? At the University of Pennsylvania, senior Hani Warith is.