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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 18, 2011

Penn Research Determines Region of the Brain Necessary for Making Decisions About Economic Value

PHILADELPHIA — Neuroeconomic research at the University of Pennsylvania has conclusively identified a part of the brain that is necessary for making everyday decisions about value.

Previous functional magnetic imaging studies, during which researchers use a powerful magnet to determine which parts of a subjects brain are most active while doing a task, have suggested that the ventromedial frontal cortex, or VMF, plays an evaluative role during decision making.

Commencement 2011

Under gray, overcast skies, nearly 6,000 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 schools marched down Locust Walk and into Franklin Field for Monday’s 255th Commencement ceremony.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 13, 2011

Six Penn Students Receive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships

PHILADELPHIA –- Six University of Pennsylvania students have been awarded U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships for study during the summer of 2011. The students are:

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 12, 2011

Penn Researchers Identify the Roots of Memory Impairment Resulting From Sleep Deprivation

PHILADELPHIA — From high-school students to surgeons, anyone who has pulled an all-nighter knows there is a price to be paid the next day: trouble focusing, a fuzzy memory and other cognitive impairments.  Now, researchers at Penn have found the part of the brain and the neurochemical basis for sleep deprivation’s effects on memory. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 6, 2011

Denzel Washington, Six Others to Receive Honorary Degrees at Penn’s 255th Commencement

 

 

WHAT:           University of Pennsylvania’s 255th Commencement ceremony

 

Video: Decision Not to Release Bin Laden Photos Gets Mixed Reactions in Philadelphia

May 4, 2011

Jamal Elias of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “The sympathy for Osama bin Laden in the Islamic world is very small.”

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Video: Astronomy in Antarctica

April 15, 2011

Mark Devlin of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his BLAST project.

Article Source: Sky & Telescope
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 5, 2011

Penn’s Kenneth Goldsmith to Be Part of ‘An Evening of Poetry’ at the White House

PHILADELPHIA – Kenneth Goldsmith, a faculty member with the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, who is affiliated with Penn’s Kelly Writers house, is among those invited to read at “An Evening of Poetry” at the White House on May 11.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 4, 2011

Pulitzer Winning Writer, Penn Alumna Jennifer Egan Returns to Campus for Alumni Weekend Reading May 14

WHO: Jennifer Egan, 1985 University of Pennsylvania graduate and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished fiction by an American author for her novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad," published in June 2010.

WHAT: Penn Alumni Weekend reading

WHERE: Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk on Penn’s campus

WHEN: Saturday, May 14

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 4, 2011

Penn Students Save Energy, Increase Green Awareness Through 3rd Penn Energy Showdown Competition

PHILADELPHIA – Students of Harrison College House have won a third successive Penn Energy Showdown, a University of Pennsylvania campus energy efficiency competition organized by Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.

The Penn Energy Showdown is designed to reduce energy consumption in campus dormitories, while increasing student awareness about how small behavioral changes can impact energy use.