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Penn Museum's Morton Skull Collection at Center of Scientific Dispute

Samuel George Morton, a 19th-century physician and physical anthropologist, best known for his measurement of human skulls, has long been held up as a prime example of scientific misconduct. According to the late Stephen Jay Gould, one of the world’s preeminent evolutionary biologists and scientific historians, Morton skewed his data about cranial size to fit his preconceived and racist notions about human variation.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 7, 2011

Penn Offering Postdoctoral Fellowships to Promote Academic Diversity

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for its Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

DIY ‘Biopunks’ Want Science in Hands of People

June 1, 2011

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences comments on the spirit and direction of biopunks.

Article Source: USA Today

Creating the Next Generation of Black Physicists

May 30, 2011

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her views on the future of black physicists.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Nanoscale Engineers Choose Self-Assembling Proteins

PHILADELPHIA — Engineering structures on the smallest possible scales — using molecules and individual atoms as building blocks — is both physically and conceptually challenging. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has now developed a method of computationally selecting the best of these blocks, drawing inspiration from the similar behavior of proteins in making biological structures.

Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture Center Wins the American Architecture Award

The Horticulture Center at Penn’s Morris Arboretum was awarded the American Architecture Award as one of the top new architectural projects in the United States, selected from a record number of entries from firms across the globe.   

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 19, 2011

Penn Researchers Monitoring Mississippi Delta Flood From Space

PHILADELPHIA — As floodwaters roll downstream, earth scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are keeping a watchful eye on the Mississippi Delta using satellite images and measurements of the sea surface in the Gulf of Mexico.

Federico Falcini, a researcher in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, is studying how the plume of water and sediment from the Mississippi River mixes with Gulf waters, using satellite data.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 18, 2011

Penn Research Determines Region of the Brain Necessary for Making Decisions About Economic Value

PHILADELPHIA — Neuroeconomic research at the University of Pennsylvania has conclusively identified a part of the brain that is necessary for making everyday decisions about value.

Previous functional magnetic imaging studies, during which researchers use a powerful magnet to determine which parts of a subjects brain are most active while doing a task, have suggested that the ventromedial frontal cortex, or VMF, plays an evaluative role during decision making.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 12, 2011

Penn Researchers Identify the Roots of Memory Impairment Resulting From Sleep Deprivation

PHILADELPHIA — From high-school students to surgeons, anyone who has pulled an all-nighter knows there is a price to be paid the next day: trouble focusing, a fuzzy memory and other cognitive impairments.  Now, researchers at Penn have found the part of the brain and the neurochemical basis for sleep deprivation’s effects on memory. 

Pet? Companion Animal? Ethicists Say Term Matters

May 5, 2011

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on researchers studying the language used to describe animals.

Article Source: Associated Press