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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:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 1, 2015

Penn Vet-Temple Team Characterizes Genetic Mutations Linked to a Form of Blindness

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A collaboration between University of Pennsylvania and Temple University scientists has identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia, a form of blindness.

Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye’s cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. It often strikes people early in life, and currently there is no cure for the condition.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151October 1, 2015

Pan-Asian American Community House at Penn Celebrates 15th Anniversary

“Home away from home” is how some University of Pennsylvania students describe the Pan-Asian American Community House, the cultural center for students interested in Asian-American culture and the Asian-American diaspora. PAACH is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Sean Nealon | sean.nealon@ucr.edu | 951-827-1287
Media Contact:Julie Cohen | julie.cohen@ucsb.edu | 805-893-7220
Media Contact:Joyce Conant | joyce.m.conant2.civ@mail.mil | 410-278-8603October 1, 2015

Penn, University of California and Army Research Lab Show How Brain’s Wiring Leads to Cognitive Control

How does the brain determine which direction to let its thoughts fly? Looking for the mechanisms behind cognitive control of thought, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California and United States Army Research Laboratory have used brain scans to shed new light on this question.

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Media Contact:Sara Leavens | leasara@upenn.edu | 215-746-1342September 29, 2015

Academic Freedom Panel Discussion at Penn Libraries

In 1915, the University of Pennsylvania's Trustees fired economist Scott Nearing in retaliation for his activism in the campaign against child labor. Nearing's termination sparked a national debate and helped to rewrite the history of academic freedom in America.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 28, 2015

Penn Engineers Design Color-Changing Material That Could Help Diagnose Concussions

The precise link between concussions and debilitating conditions like chronic traumatic encephalopathy is still being explored, but as the name suggests, repeated head injuries are a main culprit. Unfortunately, unlike a broken bone or a torn ligament, concussions are invisible and tricky to diagnose.

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

Penn President Amy Gutmann Headlines ‘Women Leading Academia’ at 92nd St. Y

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In "Our Turn: Women Leading Academia," a panel of four leaders in higher education will discuss their journeys as part of the new American Conversation Series at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 8:15 p.m.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and three other university leaders will discuss current topics in higher education and their own personal journeys as part of the new American Conversation Series at the 92nd Street Y in New York on Tuesday,

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 8, 2015

Historian-to-be at Penn Researches Museums to Strengthen Impact

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Senior history major Alex Levy traveled to Berlin and Washington, D.C. to study how museums in these major cities represent the Holocaust.

One senior at the University of Pennsylvania is working to improve history. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 23, 2015

Two Penn Projects Will Look at Biological Applications of New 2-D Materials

Graphene, a one-atom thick lattice of carbon atoms, has been the focus of intense research since its discovery more than a decade ago. Effectively two-dimensional, graphene has unique physical properties and ultra-high conductivity and promises to revolutionize electronic devices as the ability to mass produce it grows.