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February 9, 2017
For work on sociolinguistic borrowing, linguists Gareth Roberts and Betsy Sneller created two alien species, the “Burls” (left) and “Wiwos,” assigning study participants each to a group. Players then communicated via a made-up language, where one species used “b” in place of “f.” The researchers...
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February 8, 2017
Timothy Powell’s ethnographic research has taken him to far reaches of the world to uncover what happens when the cultural stories that Native Americans told anthropologists hundreds of years ago are returned to indigenous communities today.
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February 7, 2017
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced that Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has been named the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a new...
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January 27, 2017
A woman is less likely to choose competition than a man, even when she performs equally well, unless competing with herself for a better outcome, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, George Mason University and the German Institute for Economic Research or DIW.
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January 24, 2017
If one were to take a liquid—any liquid—and cool it down rapidly enough so that it doesn’t have a chance to crystallize, the result would be glass. Glass is so viscous that it takes too long to flow for anyone to realize that it is liquid rather than solid.
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January 23, 2017
Every time a hormone is released from a cell, every time a neurotransmitter leaps across a synapse to relay a message from one neuron to another, the cell must undergo exocytosis. This is the process responsible for transporting cellular contents via lipid-encapsulated vesicles to the cell surface...
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January 18, 2017
Daniel Gillion, Presidential Associate Professor of Political Science in Penn Arts and Sciences, has been included in the ninth cohort of Penn Fellows announced by University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price and Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen.
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January 11, 2017
Jay Gottfried has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 18th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective July 1, 2017. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.    
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January 10, 2017
Neil Tomson, an assistant professor of chemistry in Penn Arts and Sciences, has received a grant from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, one of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s charitable entities, for his research on coordination chemistry and catalysis using molecular-scale electric fields.
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January 10, 2017
Lauren Sallan, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 15 innovators from around the world who will deliver a talk on the TED stage in April in Vancouver, B.C.
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