Students from India Turning Demographic Tide at Calif. University

May 25, 2008
At the Manas grocery store and restaurant near the University of Southern California, graduate students from Mumbai and New Delhi stop by late at night to pick up a batch of malai kofta, vegetable dumplings, to fuel their engineering study sessions. Or they may sit down for a dinner of tandoori chicken and discuss their latest cricket matches. "If they miss home, they can always come here," said Manas coowner Kumar Venkata. Increasingly, more USC students do.
Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Who Owns Antiquity? Local Museums or Experts' Countries

May 22, 2008
"That belongs in a museum!" Indiana Jones was scolding one of his many enemies, the last we heard from the hunky archaeologist, 19 years ago. He has returned to the screen in the much-awaited sequel "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and the debate about where antiquities belong is heating up again among Indy's less glamorous, real-world counterparts.
Article Source: Associated Press
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604March 20, 2008

Penn Museum's 26th Annual Maya Weekend to Focus on "The Future of the Maya World"

PHILADELPHIA -– The preservation of ancient Maya sites, efforts to sustain modern Maya cultural traditions and the need to conserve vanishing tropical forests and coastal environments are all are on the agenda April 11-13 when the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collaborates with the Nature Conservancy to present its 26th annual Maya Weekend. This year’s theme is “The Future of the Maya World.”

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820February 25, 2008

Lincoln Chen to Address Global Health at Penn

PHILADELPHIA –- Lincoln Chen, a physician and former chair of the board of directors of CARE, the international relief organization will speak at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing on Feb. 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. on “China-India in Global Health: Re-emergence and Comparisons.”

Chen is president of the China Medical Board Inc., which was started in 1914 by John D. Rockefeller as an independent foundation to advance health in China and Asia by strengthening medical education, research and policies.

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Media Contact:Jill Disanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820February 14, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Selected as a Site of Leonore Annenberg/Woodrow Wilson Teaching Program

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has been selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation as one of four sites to host the new Leonore Annenberg/Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program.

In Oil-Rich Mideast, Shades of the Ivy League

February 11, 2008
On a hot October evening, hundreds of families flocked to the sumptuous Ritz Carlton here in this Persian Gulf capital for an unusual college fair, the Education City roadshow. Qataris, Bangladeshis, Syrians, Indians, Egyptians — in saris, in suits, in dishdashis, in jeans — came to hear what it takes to win admission to one of the five American universities that offer degrees at Education City, a 2,500-acre campus on the outskirts of Doha where oil and gas money pays for everything from adventurous architecture to professors’ salaries.
Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658November 28, 2007

Penn President Amy Gutmann Co-Sponsors Global Colloquium of University Presidents in New York

PHILADELPHIA University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann is among five university presidents and one former president sponsoring the Global Colloquium of University Presidents Nov. 28-29 at New York University.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460November 5, 2007

University Reverses Policy to Allow Mascot’s Return

October 27, 2007
Chief Illiniwek has not yet left the campus. Months after the University of Illinois decided to retire the mascot officially, banning him from university activities, the image of Chief Illiniwek, a buckskin-clad American Indian, was allowed to return to an event during homecoming celebrations this weekend on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
Article Source: New York Times

In India, Economic Success Leaves Universities Desperate for Professors

October 12, 2007
India's universities are suffering from an acute faculty shortage, with some institutions unable to fill as many as 35 percent of their positions. From the country's elite Indian Institutes of Technology to regional engineering colleges, the dearth of professors has led to overcrowded classrooms, student discontent, and deep concerns about how India can handle a planned expansion of the higher-education system.