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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422 December 3, 2015
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 30, 2015

Penn Senior Amanda Cornfeld Takes to Medical Research and Ultimate Sport

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Senior Biological Basis of Behavior major Amanda Cornfeld works in a laboratory, studying the neurobiology of stress. She's a member of Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in neuroscience, and has studied the effects of anesthesia on the development of neurons. She's also a rugged warrior who serves as the co-captain of Venus Ultimate, the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team at Penn.

Amanda Cornfeld, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is the ultimate scholar and Frisbee handler. This stellar science researcher is also co-captain of Venus Ultimate, the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team at Penn. 

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751November 30, 2015

Linguists at Penn Document Philadelphia ‘Accent’ of American Sign Language

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Linguists Jami Fisher and Meredith Tamminga of the University of Pennsylvania began a project to record American Sign Language variations in Philly, aided by a Research Opportunity Grant from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Jami Fisher, a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Linguistics, has a long history with American Sign Language.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751November 30, 2015

Teens Know Dangers of Driving and Cellphone Use, Yet Do It Anyway, Penn Research Shows

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Catherine McDonald and Marilyn (Lynn) Sommers sat down with 30 teens to better understand their perceptions of driving and distractions such as cell-phone use.

What happens when “Tom Hanks,” “Tom Cruise” and “Kesha” sit around a table? When the talkers are actually teens using researcher-requested pseudonyms they chose to anonymously discuss their driving habits, the results are surprising, maybe even more so than if the real celebrities got together.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 24, 2015

Penn Students Phillip Cohen and Carla Winter Named George J. Mitchell Scholars

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Penn medical student Phillip Cohen and Carla Winter, a senior bioengineering major are among 12 Americans selected to receive 2017 George J. Mitchell Scholarships for graduate studies in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

A University of Pennsylvania medical student working in pediatric oncology and a senior whose research focuses on finding a cure for paralysis are two of 12 Americans selected to receive 2017 George J.

Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 23, 2015

Two University of Pennsylvania Seniors Win Rhodes Scholarships

Two University of Pennsylvania seniors have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 23, 2015

Penn Senior Adebisi Ogunrinde Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Adebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde, a University of Pennsylvania senior from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has won a Rhodes Scholarship.  She is one of 11 recipients from Canada. Ogunrinde will pursue a masters in social anthropology and a masters in public policy at the University of Oxford.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 20, 2015

Penn Public Safety Honors Campus Heroes, Lifesavers

Celebrating the work and dedication of law enforcement and public safety professionals from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as its neighborhood partners, Penn’s Division of Public Safety recognized more than 40 honorees at its biannual Commendation Ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2015

Penn Chemists Put a New Twist on Chirality

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Chemistry’s Virgil Percec has lead a team of researchers in a study that shows chiral structures, which have a defined handedness, can be made out of a mix of left- and right-handed parts.

Biological molecules are chiral. Like gloves, they have either left- or right-handed versions that can’t be superimposed on one another. Macromolecules like DNA are also chiral and are exclusively made of building blocks with the same handedness.  

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‘Giving Tuesday’ 2015

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Katherina Rosqueta

Founding Executive Director

Center for High Impact Philanthropy

University of Pennsylvania


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Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1: A Day Dedicated to Giving Back

“As people are sitting down and trying to figure out who to give to, one of the questions they have is, ‘How can I make sure that my charitable donations do the most good?’ The Center spends all year trying to understand which strategies and non-profit models are doing the most good in lots of issue areas and we take that work through the year and put it together in this year-end guide.” 

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Jeanne Leong, 215-573-8151 or jleong@upenn.edu