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Like Pompeii, Ancient China Forest Buried by Volcano

February 23, 2012

Hermann Pfefferkorn of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on being among those to help discover a 300-million-year-old fossil forest in China.

Article Source: ABC News

Rick Santorum Is Pro-Science: That’s the Good News

February 21, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences discusses perceptions of science.

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 20, 2012

Penn Researcher Helps Discover and Characterize a 300-Million-Year Old Forest, Preserved Like Pompeii

PHILADELPHIA — Pompeii-like, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 20, 2012

Four Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA — Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.

Penn’s 2012 Sloan Fellows are:

Video: Weather & Allergies

February 16, 2012

Anthony Aiello of the Morris Arboretum comments on the effect of the unseasonably warm weather on plants and flowers.

Article Source: WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 7, 2012

Penn’s Law and Brain Student Group Mines the Intersection of Neuroscience, Society and the Courts

PHILADELPHIA Neuroscience, with its brain scans and complex molecular pathways, may seem to have little in common with the law — except perhaps a penchant for obscure Latin phrases.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 13, 2012

Penn Psychologists Find 6- to 9-Month-Olds Understand the Meaning of Many Spoken Words

PHILADELPHIA — At an age when “ba-ba” and “da-da” may be their only utterances, infants nevertheless comprehend words for many common objects, according to a new study.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 9, 2012

Governor Proposes Commonwealth Funding for Penn Vet for 2012-13

PHILADELPHIA -- Governor Tom Corbett’s FY2012-2013 Commonwealth budget proposes funding of $26.7 million for the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary  school in Pennsylvania and one of only 28 veterinary schools in the United States.  The recommended funding is equal to the support received for FY2011-2012.
 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 7, 2012

Penn Biologist Daniel Janzen Honored With BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology is the recipient of the 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology category. Janzen was singled out for his contributions to the conservation and scientific understanding of tropical ecosystems.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 6, 2012

Penn Researchers Uncover a Mechanism to Explain Dune Field Patterns

PHILADELPHIA — In a study of the harsh but beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered a unifying mechanism to explain dune patterns. The new work represents a contribution to basic science, but the findings may also hold implications for identifying when dune landscapes like those in Nebraska’s Sand Hills may reach a “tipping point” under climate change, going from valuable grazing land to barren desert.