Penn Launches First Open Learning Initiative Language MOOC With ‘Auf Deutsch’

Latest Penn News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:16

This fall, a new University of Pennsylvania open learning course will teach elementary German online. The free course will offer students a way to learn the language while widening their circle of German speaking friends and followers via social media.

Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures,” a six-week, non-credit course will launch Oct. 6.

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Garden Club Lets Nature Bloom in Penn’s Kings Court English College House

Latest Penn News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:24
blurb:  Thanks to its Garden Club, the courtyard at Kings Court English College House is replete with fruit trees, herbs, flowers and other plantings, fishponds and plenty of shady benches and tables where students can study and relax.

When Marta Rivas-Olmeda and her husband, Jorge Santiago-Avilés, moved into their home in the University of Pennsylvania’s Kings Court English College House, the courtyard was full of concrete and weeds.

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Penn’s Dennis Culhane to Address White House Conference on Use of Integrated Data

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:00
blurb:  Dennis Culhane, a researcher at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will talk about how integrated administrative data might serve as a new way to build credible evidence that shows “what works” in funding social programs.

Dennis Culhane, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, will speak at a conference hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the

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Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed in Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:59

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions.

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Link Between Ritual Circumcision Procedure and Herpes Infection in Infants Examined by Penn Medicine Analysis

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:55

A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of  herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by Penn

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Penn Study: Incisionless Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery Associated with Shorter Hospital Stays

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:54

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin.

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Penn Student Jesús Pérez’s Challenging Feat Inspires Himself and Others

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:06

After training for months and then running the equivalent of nearly six marathons in six consecutive days in the Atacama Desert in Chile, University of Pennsylvania student Jesús Pérez now feels empowered to tackle any challenge he encounters.

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Toyota Gift Will Support Penn Research on Automotive Electronic and Computer Systems

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:59

The University of Pennsylvania's PRECISE Center has received $120,000 from the Toyota InfoTechnology Center. Toyota-ITC is interested in promoting the PRECISE Center's efforts on safety algorithms for self-driving cars, remote automotive diagnostics, resilient control of autonomous vehicles an

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Penn Study: Metabolic Enzyme Stops Progression of Most Common Type of Kidney Cancer

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:33

In an analysis of small molecules called metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified an enzyme key to applying the brakes on tumor growth.

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Researcher From Penn Will Discuss Higher Ed Disparities at U.S. Senate Hearing

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:22
blurb:  Laura Perna, a professor in Penn GSE, will testify before a United States Senate Committee hearing, "The Role of States in Higher Education," on Thursday, July 24.

Laura Perna, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, will testify before a United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

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Kleinman Gift Establishes Energy Policy Center at Penn

Latest Penn News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:19

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy has been established at PennDesign with a $10 million gift from Scott, C’94, W’94, and Wendy Kleinman. The Center, which is scheduled to launch in Fall 2014, will advance energy productivity by reframing the relationship between research and practice in support of policy innovation.   

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Penn Medicine Study: Liver Transplant Patients Who Receive Organs from Living Donors More Likely to Survive than Those Who Receive Organs from Deceased Donors

Latest Penn News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:33

Research derived from early national experience of liver transplantation has shown that deceased donor liver transplants offered recipients better survival rates than living donor liver transplants, making them the preferred method of transplantation for most physicians. Now, the first data-driven study in over a decade disputes this notion.

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Potassium Supplements May Increase Survival in Patients Taking Diuretics for Heart Failure, Penn Study Suggests

Latest Penn News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:28

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that patients taking prescription potassium supplements together with loop diuretics for heart failure have better survival rates than patients taking diuretics without the potassium. Moreover, the degree of benefit increases with higher diuretic doses.

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Penn Launches New Blended Learning Initiative to Expand Academic Access

Latest Penn News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:27
blurb:  A new summer program, the Blended Learning Initiative, welcomes 24 local high school students to Penn's campus for a three-week course that mixes online learning, classroom interaction and mentoring.

A new summer program at the University of Pennsylvania is aimed at developing a model that will narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations by preparing a diverse group of high school students for college and steering them toward greater academic success.

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Penn Study: Understanding Graphene’s Electrical Properties on an Atomic Level

Latest Penn News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:08
blurb:  Graphene is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same; with so few atoms, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same. With so few atoms comprising the entirety of the material, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

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Penn Vet’s Lisa Gretebeck Tackles Public Health Through Research and Outreach

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:25
blurb:  Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

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Penn Researchers Successfully Alleviate Pulmonary Inflammation through Targeted Drug Delivery

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:19

Pulmonary inflammation can cause shallow breathing and the lungs to become brittle in patients who experience multiple blood transfusions, sepsis, lung surgery and acute lung trauma.

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As a New York Attorney General’s Office Intern, Penn’s Iris Zhang Is Facing Her Fears

Latest Penn News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:45

University of Pennsylvania student Iris Zhang calls the study of math her “deepest, darkest fear.” But this summer, she’s not only facing it, she’s conquering it. Zhang is working in Manhattan as an economics and statistics intern at the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office.

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New Penn Study Shows Drinking Alcohol, Even Light-to-Moderate Amounts, Provides No Heart Health Benefit

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:54

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the

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Penn’s Jordi Rivera Prince Uses Bones to Tell a Story of Human Evolution

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:05
blurb:  It wasn’t until she was 18 years old that Jordi Rivera Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, learned in depth about evolution. Now, lessons in evolution are part and parcel of Rivera Prince’s day-to-day life as an assistant to the curator of physical anthropology at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

It wasn’t until she was 18 years old that Jordi Rivera Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, learned in depth about evolution.

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