Penn Professor Roger Allen Analyzes the Recent Arab Uprisings

At Penn, teaching students the language, culture and history of the Arab world has been part of the University’s curriculum for more than 200 years. In 1788, the University established what would become the nation’s oldest professorship of the Arabic language. Professor Roger Allen, who came to Penn in 1968, has served in the post for 43 years.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604June 22, 2011

Penn’s Douglas Jerolmack First Recipient of Luna B Leopold Young Scientist Award

PHILADELPHIA -- Douglas Jerolmack, a professor of earth and environmental science at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the American Geophysical Union’s first Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award.  Established in 2009 by AGU’s Earth and Planetary Surface Processes focus group, the award honors geomorphologist and hydrologist Luna B. Leopold.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604June 22, 2011

Penn Physicists Observe “Campfire Effect” in Blinking Nanorod Semiconductors

PHILADELPHIA — When semiconductor nanorods are exposed to light, they blink in a seemingly random pattern. By clustering nanorods together, physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that their combined “on” time is increased dramatically providing new insight into this mysterious blinking behavior.

The Rules of Marriage Often Change After Bariatric Surgery

June 21, 2011

David Sarwer of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses why someone might get a divorce after having bariatric surgery.

Article Source: Detroit Free Press

Sea Level Rise on East Coast Called Fastest in Last Century

June 21, 2011

Ben Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on his sea-level rise research.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604June 20, 2011

Penn Researchers Link Fastest Sea-Level Rise in Two Millennia to Increasing Temperatures

PHILADELPHIA — An international research team including University of Pennsylvania scientists has shown that the rate of sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years and that there is a consistent link between changes in global mean surface temperature and sea level.

Economics Journal: How the Oil Subsidy Fuels Corruption and Death

June 20, 2011

Davesh Kapur of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his views on who receive kerosene subsidies.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

America’s New Isolation

June 13, 2011

Post-doctoral fellow Christopher McKnight Nichols of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his views on why “Americans are becoming more isolationist.”

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460June 17, 2011

Secrets of Patient Safety Program Unraveled in Penn Collaborative Study

PHILADELPHIA – A team of social scientists and medical and nursing researchers in the United States and the United Kingdom has pinpointed how a program, which ran in more than 100 hospital intensive care units in Michigan, dramatically reduced the rates of potentially deadly central line bloodstream infections to become one of the world’s most successful patient-safety programs.

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War Powers Act and U.S. Forces in Libya

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite

uplink facility with live-shot capability near campus and an ISDN line. 

Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols
Postdoctoral fellow in U.S. history at the University of Pennsylvania