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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 3, 2015

Penn Historian Discusses the Threat Birds Posed to the Power Grid in 1920s California

In a new paper in the journal Environmental Humanities, the University of Pennsylvania’s Etienne Benson examines the suspected cause of the problems to the power grid in Southern California in the 1920s: voluminous streams of bird excrement.

In 1913 in Southern California, two 241-mile-long electric lines began carrying power from hydroelectric dams in the Sierra Nevada to customers in Los Angeles—a massive feat of infrastructure. In 1923, power company Southern California Edison upgraded the line to carry 220,000 volts, among the highest voltage lines in the world at the time.

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Media Contact:Rebecca Rebalsky | rebecca4@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4192
Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422June 2, 2015

Mellon Foundation Awards $2 Million to Support Digital Humanities at Penn

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded the University of Pennsylvania a $2 million grant to support University initiatives in the digital humanities in both Penn Arts and Sciences and Penn Libraries.

In Syria, Islamic State Group Apparently Spares Palmyra’s Stunning Ruins – For Now

May 28, 2015

Katharyn Hanson of the Museum is quoted about a bill presented to the United States House of Representatives that would

Article Source: Science

Technology Helps Unlock Secrets of Mummies

May 26, 2015

Janet Monge of the Museum says, “Ancient mummies are an especially rich source of information about past human biologic

Article Source: CBS News

Video: ISIS Sells Relics on Black Market to Fund Attacks

May 21, 2015

Katharyn Hanson of the Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center talks about ISIS’ threat to the ancient city of Palmyra a

Article Source: CNN
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151May 19, 2015

Penn Students Share Stories Through Rap Music

For members of the Korean rap group Klass, expressing themselves through their music is empowering them to learn new skills and inspiring them to pursue their passions.

When the group’s founder James An, was 10, his family moved from Gwangmyeong-Si, South Korea, to Vancouver, British Columbia, and as he was adapting to life in Canada he would emulate rap performers such as Eminem.

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Media Contact:Megan Schmidgal | megands@design.upenn.edu | 215-898-2539May 15, 2015

Penn School of Design’s Christopher Marcinkoski Wins Rome Prize Winner

Christopher Marcinkoski, an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design has been awarded a Rome Prize fellowship.

Marcinkoski is among 29 winners of the 2015-16 Rome Prize Fellowship.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151May 14, 2015

Penn Students Help Fight Local Hunger

Thanks to a creative collaboration, students at the University of Pennsylvania presented a check for $7,291.25 to the local hunger relief organization Philabundance, on May 1.

Pitch Perfect 2: All the Details Behind Penn’s A Cappella Group Cameo

May 13, 2015

Penn Masala is highlighted for appearing in upcoming movie, Pitch Perfect 2.

Article Source: People.com

Irish Woman Murdered at Duffy’s Cut in 1832 Begins Journal Home

May 10, 2015

Janet Monge of the Museum comments on a person recovered from Duffy’s Cut by a physical anthropologist.

Article Source: NBC News (Philadelphia)