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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2012

A Mississippi River Diversion During the 2011 Flood Helped Build Louisiana Wetlands, Penn Geologists Find

PHILADELPHIA — The extensive system of levees along the Mississippi River has done much to prevent devastating floods in riverside communities. But the levees have also contributed to the loss of Louisiana’s wetlands. By holding in floodwaters, they prevent sediment from flowing into the watershed and rebuilding marshes, which are compacting under their own weight and losing ground to sea-level rise.

Sleepy? Your Memory May Be Impaired

October 17, 2012

Ted Abel of the School of Arts and Sciences and Hengi Rao, a researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine, are both cited for sleep research.

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Dozens of Nobel Laureates for Obama

October 18, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences shares his thoughts about an open letter signed by several Nobel Laureates who are endorsing President Obama.

Article Source: The Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 19, 2012

Author Jennifer Egan Among 10 to Be Honored at Penn’s 78th Alumni Award of Merit Gala

PHILADELPHIA – At a black-tie gala Friday, Oct. 26, the University of Pennsylvania will honor alumni and alumni groups who, through their accomplishments or continued involvement, have brought honor and prestige to Penn.

India, Theory and Practice

October 12, 2012

Devesh Kapur of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the 20th anniversary of Penn’s Center for the Advanced Study of India.

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Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain Development, Study Finds

October 14, 2012

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for studying how a range of childhood experiences might influence the development of the brain.

Article Source: The Guardian

Yet Another Reason Why Sleep Is So Vital – Missing Even Two Hours a Night Can Erase Memories for Ever

October 16, 2012

Ted Abel of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about studying sleep and its significance in brain function and memory.

Article Source: MainOnline.com

Audio: Fla. Slammed With Political Ads but Do Locals Listen?

October 16, 2012

Diana Mutz of the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed about the effectiveness of political advertising.

Article Source: NPR
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 15, 2012

Enrique G. Mendoza Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA -- Enrique G. Mendoza, a scholar of international macroeconomics, has been named a Presidential Term Professor of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.Kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 15, 2012

Institute of Medicine Elects Six New Members From Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Six professors from the University of Pennsylvania, representing four schools, have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,732 and the number of foreign associates to 112. With an additional 84 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,928.