News Releases



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.
A Russian Revolution in Opera, Created by a Penn Composer
November 14, 2017
“Rasputin,” an opera composed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Jay Reise, was performed in Moscow last weekend, part of a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
Penn Sophomore Is Finding a Voice Within the FGLI Community
November 10, 2017
As a freshman identifying as a first-generation, low-income student, Sebastián González searched for a space at the University of Pennsylvania where he felt at home. After seeing a Facebook post advertising the Penn First Summit, a town hall for FGLI students on campus last year, his world changed.
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. 
A Message to the Penn Community On Proposed Changes in Tax Policy
November 9, 2017
                                           A Message to the Penn Community                                                                  From                                                  Amy Gutmann, President                                                  Wendell Pritchett, Provost                                                      ​​​​​​​Craig Carnaroli, EVP
Taking Blood Using ‘Push-Pull’ Method Gets Accurate Results With Fewer Pokes, Penn Study Shows
November 9, 2017
A new study by University of Pennsylvania veterinary researchers has found that blood samples collected from an intravenous catheter using a special “mixing” technique are as accurate as those collected via venipuncture, in which a needle is used to access the vein directly.
A Message to the Penn Community On Proposed Changes in Tax Policy
November 9, 2017
A Message to the Penn Community​​​​​​​FromAmy Gutmann, PresidentWendell Pritchett, ProvostCraig Carnaroli, EVP ‍‍‍‍‍‍We are writing to update you about our efforts in response to proposed changes in tax policy impacting higher education that are currently being discussed in the US House of Representatives and other changes that will soon be discussed in the US Senate. We believe strongly that many of these changes would have a detrimental impact on our students, on Penn families, on our institution, and on the mission of higher education.
Practical Lessons for Penn Students: Talking Water in the Nation’s Capital
November 9, 2017
For some students, it was their first time in Washington. (Photo courtesy of Jon Freedman)
Penn Senior Barbara Biney Is Unlocking the Genetic Secrets of Heartworm-resistant Mosquitoes
November 9, 2017
By Erica Andersen Certain mosquitoes don’t get heartworm, and Barbara Biney was keen to find out why.
First Microscopic Video of Blood Clot Contraction Reveals How Platelets Naturally Form Unobtrusive Clots
November 8, 2017
The first view of the physical mechanism of how a blood clot contracts at the level of individual platelets is giving researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania a new look at a natural process that is part of blood clotting. A team led by John W. Weisel, PhD, a professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, describes in Nature Communications how specialized proteins in platelets cause clots to shrink in size.