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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 20, 2012

Penn Researcher Helps Discover and Characterize a 300-Million-Year Old Forest, Preserved Like Pompeii

PHILADELPHIA — Pompeii-like, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China.

Finally, Penn Names W.E.B. Du Bois Honorary Professor

February 17, 2012

Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on Penn’s naming W.E.B. Du Bois an honorary professor.

Why Whitney’s Voice Was so Wonderful

February 18, 2012

Guthrie Ramsey of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his thoughts on the death of pop singer Whitney Houston.

Article Source: CNN

George Orwell and the Values Speech That Rick Santorum Would Like to Give

February 19, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences outlines a speech he believes Rick Santorum would like to deliver.

Article Source: Huffington Post

Why Don’t Americans Riot Anymore?

February 20, 2012

Michael Katz of the School of Arts and Sciences offers his explanations as to why American cities have not had riots like those in other world cities recently.

Article Source: The Atlantic
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 20, 2012

Four Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA — Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.

Penn’s 2012 Sloan Fellows are:

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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | February 17, 2012

Penn's Amy Gutmann Reappointed Chair of Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

PHILADELPHIA -- Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, has been re-appointed chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by President Obama.  She has served in the position since first being appointed by Obama in 2009.

Also reappointed to the Commission was James W. Wagner, the vice chair.  Wagner is the president of Emory University.

‘Linsanity’ Is Contender for Word of Year Dialect Society Says

February 17, 2012

Victor Mair of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on words created around NBA player Jeremy Lin’s last name.

Article Source: Bloomberg

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Profound Cultural Influence

During his lifetime, W. E. B. Du Bois was a sociologist, historian, author, public intellectual, and civil rights activist. Today, Du Bois is widely considered one of the most important scholars of his generation, who still influences researchers, according to Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Opinion: Stop Encouraging Sexual Assault of Our Young Black and Latina Girls

February 15, 2012

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “Teenage girls, and particularly girls of color, are an extremely vulnerable population for sexual assault.”

Article Source: CNN