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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | (215) 880-2372November 2, 2015

Penn Institute for Urban Research, Perry World House to Host Sustainable Urbanization Event with Jeffrey Sachs

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The Penn Institute for Urban Research and Perry World House will host an event Wednesday, Nov. 4 on strategies for sustainable urbanization and development worldwide.

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and Perry World House will host an event Wednesday, Nov. 4 on strategies for sustainable urbanization and development worldwide.

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Digital Millenium Copyright Act Exemption for Video Use for MOOCs

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.

Dr. Peter Decherney Professor of Cinema Studies and English

University of Pennsylvania

·      Dr. Decherney, who successfully petitioned in 2015 for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for professors using copyrighted video for the purpose of teaching massive online open courses, or MOOCs, focuses his research on media history, especially government regulation of Hollywood.

·      He is the author of the books Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet and Hollywood: A Very Short Introduction, which is due out in December.

·      He has published on and frequently lectures about fair use and academia.

·      In 2006, Dr. DeCherney successfully petitioned for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for media professors using video clips for teaching.


Quote:

 “It’s absolutely necessary in a media studies class to use video clips to look at questions of aesthetics and be able to analyze small details. It might also be true in a foreign language class, where you want to see the expression on someone’s face as you’re watching them speak. It could also be used in a biology class looking at a detailed microscopic image from a science video. It has implications across the curriculum.”

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

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 29, 2015

Political Science Prof at Penn Explores ‘Why Leaders Fight’

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Michael Horowitz, a leading researcher in military innovation and international politics, proposes a new theory about how a leader's decisions about war and risk propensity are influenced by his or her individual life experiences.

World leaders’ predisposition towards aggressive military action or peacemaking can be measured by early indicators in their life-experiences.

That’s the conclusion drawn in Why Leaders Fight, a new book co-authored by Michael Horowitz, an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 27, 2015

Penn Leads International Collaboration to Re-engineer Disaster Tents

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop materials for multifunctional coatings on emergency tents, enabling them to manage water, prevent the spread of bacteria and capture and store solar energy.

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

Penn Community-engagement Groups Support Youth Summit Aimed at Healthy Changes

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The Center for Public Health Initiatives, Netter Center for Community Partnerships and its Agatston Nutrition Initiative, along with the School of Nursing welcomed more than 125 middle school students from across the city for "Healthy You, Positive Energy."

More than 125 students from 25 middle schools across Philadelphia attended a youth summit focused on leading their schools to create healthy changes on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Media Contact:Anne Stamer | stamer@seas.upenn.edu | 215-573-3129 October 15, 2015

Penn’s Weiss Tech House & Technology Entrepreneurship Club to Host the Penn Innovation Conference

The University of Pennsylvania’s Weiss Tech House, in collaboration with Penn Technology Entrepreneurship Club, is hosting the inaugural Penn Innovation Conference, which aims to help students achieve entrepreneurial success

WHAT

The Penn Innovation Conference

WHO:

Dr. Rajendra Singh
Chairman and CEO, Telcom Ventures, LLC
Member, Board of Overseers, University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science

Mike Zisman
CEO, Golf Genius Software
E-mail industry pioneer

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering

WHEN:

Saturday, Oct.17, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

WHERE:

Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Penn DPS Shows Their Stripes for Philly Ronald McDonald house

The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety participated in the October 15th Birthday Celebration for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House by raising funds to help support families of seriously ill children.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 12, 2015

Penn Navy ROTC Unit Welcomes New Commanding Officer

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Marine Corps Col. Kenneth DeTreux, a Philadelphia native and an alumnus of the NROTC program at Penn took the helm during the official Change of Command ceremony.

The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a change-of-command ceremony, Wednesday, Oct. 7, to welcome its new commanding officer, Marine Corps Col. Kenneth DeTreux, a Philadelphia native and an alumnus of the NROTC program at Penn. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 13, 2015

Pebbles on Mars Likely Traveled Tens of Miles Down a Riverbed, Penn Study Finds

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In a new report led by University of Pennsylvania geophysicists, they estimate that rounded pebbels on Mars traveled roughly 30 miles from their source, providing additional evidence for the idea that Mars once had an extensive river system, conditions that could support life.

While new evidence suggests that Mars may harbor a tiny amount of liquid water, it exists today as a largely cold and arid planet. Three billion years ago, however, the situation may have been much different.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 9, 2015

Penn Study Stops Vision Loss in Late-stage Canine X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa

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Three years ago, a team from the University of Pennsylvania announced that they had cured X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding retinal disease, in dogs. Now they’ve shown that they can cure the canine disease over the long term, even when the treatment is given after half or more of the affected photoreceptor cells have been destroyed.

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