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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 29, 2011

Two Penn Engineers to Attend Annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

PHILADELPHIA -– Two faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be participating in the 17th annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in September. The exclusive meeting is held by the National Academy of Engineering and will take place at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Studying the Effects of Climate Change in Mongolia

More than a dozen students from Penn’s Biology department have undertaken a long and arduous trek into the steppes of Northern Mongolia this summer, where they will join staff and faculty already in the field. The group will camp in traditional felt yurts as they simulate the effects of climate change on this remote and understudied region.

‘Belief’ in Evolution? It May Be the Wrong Word

June 27, 2011

Mark Liberman and Michael Weisberg of the School of Arts and Sciences comment on the use of the word belief.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 22, 2011

Penn’s Douglas Jerolmack First Recipient of Luna B Leopold Young Scientist Award

PHILADELPHIA -- Douglas Jerolmack, a professor of earth and environmental science at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the American Geophysical Union’s first Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award.  Established in 2009 by AGU’s Earth and Planetary Surface Processes focus group, the award honors geomorphologist and hydrologist Luna B. Leopold.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 22, 2011

Penn Physicists Observe “Campfire Effect” in Blinking Nanorod Semiconductors

PHILADELPHIA — When semiconductor nanorods are exposed to light, they blink in a seemingly random pattern. By clustering nanorods together, physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that their combined “on” time is increased dramatically providing new insight into this mysterious blinking behavior.

The Rules of Marriage Often Change After Bariatric Surgery

June 21, 2011

David Sarwer of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses why someone might get a divorce after having bariatric surgery.

Article Source: Detroit Free Press

Sea Level Rise on East Coast Called Fastest in Last Century

June 21, 2011

Ben Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on his sea-level rise research.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 20, 2011

Penn Researchers Link Fastest Sea-Level Rise in Two Millennia to Increasing Temperatures

PHILADELPHIA — An international research team including University of Pennsylvania scientists has shown that the rate of sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years and that there is a consistent link between changes in global mean surface temperature and sea level.

Reason Seen More a Weapon Than Path to Truth

June 14, 2011

Post-doctoral fellow Hugo Mercier of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “Reasoning doesn’t have this function of helping us get better beliefs and make better decisions.”

Article Source: New York Times

Criminal Minds

June 12, 2011

Adrian Raine of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine and his work are featured.