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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 30, 2012

Penn Pilots More Sustainability Projects Through Another Round of Green Fund Grants

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn Green Campus Partnership has awarded five Green Fund grants ranging from a comprehensive recycling center within the School of Engineering and Applied Science to a behavior-change project focusing on water conservation. This spring’s grants bring the total number of Green Fund projects to 41.

For Pygmies, Size May Not Matter

April 26, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and Perelman School of Medicine discuss her research on Pygmies’ DNA.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 26, 2012

Penn Geneticists Identify Genes Linked to Western African Pygmies’ Small Stature

PHILADELPHIA — If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4’11” on average.  But the reason why these groups are so short and neighboring groups are not remains unclear.  Scientists have proposed various theories based on natural selection, including that Pygmies’ reduced size lowered nutritional requirements, helped them better handle hot climates, or allowed them to reach sexual maturity at an earlier age.

Hey Day: A Uniquely Penn Tradition

Following a tradition that reaches back to 1916, Penn juniors celebrated Hey Day 2012 on April 25, by donning red shirts, strutting along Locust Walk carrying canes, and biting into straw hats.

A celebration unique to Penn, Hey Day marks the “moving up” of juniors to the senior class. This year’s event began with a class picnic, followed by the traditional procession to College Hall.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 24, 2012

Penn Researchers Create First Custom Designed Protein Crystal

PHILADELPHIA -- Protein design is technique that is increasingly valuable to a variety of fields, from biochemistry to therapeutics to materials engineering. University of Pennsylvania chemists have taken this kind of design a step further; using computational methods, they have created the first custom-designed protein crystal.

Gene Screens for PTSD

April 22, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses a study that screens genes involved in increasing the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Article Source: Psychology Today
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Media Contact:Sarah Stockton-Brown | sarah@grimmandgrove.com | 484-919-9883April 23, 2012

Penn's Fels Institute of Government Announces Winner of First National Invitational Public Policy Challenge

Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 23, 2012

Serena Mayeri’s 'Reasoning from Race' Wins Organization of American Historians 2012 Hine Book Award

PHILADELPHIA – Serena Mayeri, professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the Organization of American Historians 2012 Darlene Clark Hine Award for her book Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2011). The award is given annually for the best book in African-American women’s and gender history.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 20, 2012

A Penn Professor Chronicles the Technicolor Trucks of Pakistan

The history of decorated trucks in Pakistan is long and colorful. In a land of more than 175 million people, nearly all goods are delivered by truck, and just about every truck has an array of ornate adornments and brightly painted images of religious scenes, families, movie stars and political sayings.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 20, 2012

Marie Gottschalk of Penn Named to National Academy of Science Commission Studying U.S. High Rates of Incarceration

PHILADELPHIA -Marie Gottschalk, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named to a National Academy of Science 18- member panel of leading scholars and experts on corrections to study the causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration in the United States.