Katherine Unger Baillie
Science News Officer
Katherine Unger Baillie covers the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and in the School of Arts and Sciences, manages media relations for biology, earth and environmental science, and history and sociology of science. She also occasionally covers scientific research coming from other parts of Penn.
A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore, Penn Research Shows
PHILADELPHIA — When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast.
Penn Receives $25 Million Gift to Create Basser Research Center for Inherited Cancers
PHILADELPHIA — A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray will establish a center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with hereditary BRCA mutations.
Penn geneticist researches what makes Pygmies short
Pygmies of western Africa are short—really short. On average, Pygmy men stand just 4’11” tall. Yet their neighbors, a group known as the Bantus, are of average height.
Three Penn Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
PHILADELPHIA — Nancy Bonini, Gideon Dreyfuss and Beatrice H.
At Penn, the Happy Marriage of Science and Statistics
PHILADELPHIA — Why is a Wharton School professor publishing in neuroscience journals? The University of Pennsylvania business school is renowned for its many strengths, but one might assume a forte in brain science is not one of them. That assumption would be incorrect.
Penn Geneticists Identify Genes Linked to Western African Pygmies’ Small Stature
PHILADELPHIA — If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4’11” on average. But the reason why these groups are so short and neighboring groups are not remains unclear.
Penn Dental Medicine hosts 5K for oral cancer awareness
It’s more deadly than skin, cervical, or thyroid cancer. Yet the general public knows much less about oral cancer, its prevention, and its treatment.
Penn Museum exhibit explores Maya culture and time
Did the ancient Maya believe December 2012 would bring the apocalypse?
Penn Vet Team Identifies a Gene Responsible for Male Infertility and a Respiratory Disorder
PHILADELPHIA — A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has characterized a protein responsible for sperm tail formation that, when missing, causes male infertility, brain abnormalities and other problems in mice.