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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 21, 2015

Fulbright Scholarship to Bring Penn Dental Medicine Professor Full Circle

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For Sunday Akintoye, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, his recent selection as a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria is taking him full circle, giving him the opportunity to return to his native country to conduct research and teach where he began his dental training.

For Sunday Akintoye, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, his recent selection as a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751October 15, 2015

Penn’s Hanson Works to Protect Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq

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In places like Iraq and Syria, Penn Museum’s Katharyn Hanson teaches locals in the field emergency measures to safeguard culturally important artifacts and sites.

Katharyn Hanson stands on stage at the World Café Live in Philadelphia in front of a crowd of several dozen. Behind her flash images of antiquities and artifacts that make up much of the cultural legacy in places like Syria and Iraq. Sprinkled throughout are photos of explosions, dark gray plumes masking former heritage sites.

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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 215-746-6411 October 8, 2015

Penn President Amy Gutmann Headlines ‘Women Leading Academia’ Panel

Four female college leaders take the stage at the 92nd St. Y in New York City.

WHO and WHAT:

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann will be among a panel of leaders in higher education who will discuss their individual journeys and challenges in “Our Turn: Women Leading Academia.” Other panelists are: 

Award-winning journalist and author Lisa Birnbach will moderate the conversation about personal career paths, balancing work and family and the challenges facing higher education today.

WHERE:

92nd St. Y

1395 Lexington Ave.

New York City

WHEN:

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at 8:15 p.m. 

COST:

Tickets are $32/$15 and available at http://www.92y.org/Event/Our-Turn-Women-Leading-Academia

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 5, 2015

Penn Undergrad Researches 1922 Cushendall Murders and Conspiracy in Northern Ireland

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Anna Garson, a junior history and English major from Ardmore, Pa., has unearthed a murder mystery, a government cover-up, and silenced justice in a town about an hour north of Belfast.

Through her research, an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania is unearthing a nearly 100-year-old murder mystery, a government cover-up and silenced justice in Northern Ireland. 

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422September 15, 2015

Penn Hosts 2015 Silfen Forum in China Celebrating Global Engagement

On Thursday, Sept. 10, Penn President Amy Gutmann hosted the David and Lyn Silfen University Forum in Beijing, convening a panel of renowned figures in conversation on the roles of China and the United States in the world.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 14, 2015

Penn Vet Team Identifies a Form of Congenital Night Blindness in Dogs

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Working in collaboration with Japanese scientists, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have for the first time found a form of CSNB in dogs. Their discovery and subsequent hunt for the genetic mutation responsible may one day allow for the development of gene therapy to correct the dysfunction in people as well as dogs.

People with congenital stationary night blindness, or CSNB, have normal vision during the day but find it difficult or impossible to distinguish objects in low light. This rare condition is present from birth and can seriously impact quality of life, especially in locations and conditions where artificial illumination is not available.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151September 11, 2015

Developing Collaborative Relationships Between Penn and China

Through the magic of technology, a robotics symposium held jointly in a University of Pennsylvania classroom and at the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing allowed the School of Engineering and Applied Science and middle school and high school students to share their work in hopes o

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Media Contact:Anne Albert | aoalbert@sas.upenn.edu | (215) 238-1290 September 9, 2015

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies announces new cohort of international fellows

An international cohort of over 20 scholars convened on Sept. 9, 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies for a year of research on the theme of “Jews Beyond Reason: Exploring Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews’ Inner Lives.”

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422
Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658September 10, 2015

Penn Announces Inaugural China Research and Engagement Fund Awards

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price today announced the first recipients of the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund awards.

Established in March, over the next five years CREF will award up to $10 million in the form of matching research grants to Penn faculty to stimulate and support research activity and engagement in China.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Sigrid Wolff | sigrid.wolff@zi-mannheim.de | +49 621 1703-1301September 1, 2015

Penn and German Researchers Help Identify Neural Basis of Multitasking

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By studying networks of activity in the brain's frontal cortex, researchers have shown that the degree to which these networks reconfigure themselves while switching from task to task predicts people’s cognitive flexibility.

What makes someone better at switching between different tasks?