Penn Team Identifies Gene Responsible for Some Cases of Male Infertility

Latest Penn News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:42
blurb:  Oftentimes men with a type of infertility called azoospermia don’t know the underlying cause of their condition. But new research led by University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that mutations in an X chromosome gene called TEX11 are responsible for a significant number of cases of infertility — an estimated 1 percent of cases of non-obstructive azoospermia.

In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. This condition, called azoospermia, affects approximately 1 percent of the male population and is responsible for about a sixth of cases of male infertility.

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Penn Research Helps Show That Attention, Imagination Equally Important for Creativity

Latest Penn News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:17

The role that attention plays in generating new and useful ideas is controversial among neuroscientists. Some neuroimaging studies have shown that creativity involves more cognitive control, or focused attention. Other studies have shown it involves less.

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Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

Latest Penn News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:34
blurb:  "Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans, Surgeon Dentist to Napolean III" runs from July 18 through Nov. 8, 2015.

Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans at
University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery

July 18 – November 8, 2015

 

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New Penn Center Will Investigate the Physics of Cancer Via $10M NIH Grant

Latest Penn News - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 01:13

Investigators at a new University of Pennsylvania research center will focus on key physical principles that underpin cancer’s development and growth.

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Summer 2 session underway!

ELP News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:44

Penn ELP's Intensive Program Summer 2 session orientation concludes today. Classes begin Monday.

We are excited to welcome new students from China, Colombia, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey this session!

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Penn GSE Student Spends Summer Working in Vientiane, Laos

Latest Penn News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 15:58
blurb:  As a student in Penn GSE's International Educational Development Program, Mary Encabo is spending her summer interning overseas. And, she's blogging about it.

Ever since she was a 6-year-old living in the Philippines, University of Pennsylvania student Mary Encabo knew that she wanted to be a teacher. 

While she had a strong sense that she had to teach the world something, she didn’t know exactly what that something was at the time. 

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Penn Open Learning Fosters Academic Engagement Across Continents

Latest Penn News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 15:08

After meeting online as students in University of Pennsylvania music professor Carol Muller’s open learning course, a professor at a small college in Central Appalachia and a teacher at a university in Ecuador began a dynamic collaboration.

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First Place Finish for Penn’s Electric Race Car

Latest Penn News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:11
blurb:  REV1 took first place among electrics overall, winning seven of the eight categories. These included overall design, cornering, endurance and time-trials on a full racetrack.

Penn Electric Racing has taken home top honors at an international competition.

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Serendipitous Path Opens Doors to an Education at Penn

Latest Penn News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:41

Jason Morgan held a variety of jobs through his 30s, but it was a job lay-off during the economic downturn that led him to the University of Pennsylvania

In 2009, Morgan lost his job as a wedding photographer but soon found a job as a clerk at a restaurant on the Penn campus.

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Penn’s Pipeline for Promise Program Hosts Closing Ceremonies

Latest Penn News - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 17:34

WHO & WHAT:         

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice will host the closing ceremonies for students completing its Pipeline for Promise program, which offers underserved students from local community colleges a free course during the summer months.  

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In Social Networks, Group Boundaries Promote the Spread of Ideas, Penn Study Finds

Latest Penn News - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:26
blurb:  In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for the ideas that will spread across them.

Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from? 

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ITA Summer Training Program 2015 begins!

ELP News - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:06

Penn ELP's International Teaching Assistants (ITA) Summer Training Program begins today. The ITA training program emphasizes the development of listening and understanding, fluency in speaking, clear pronunciation, better control over grammatical forms, and skills required for effective lecturing and classroom management.  

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Penn Grad’s Thesis Work With German Youth Leads to Anti-hate Campaign

Latest Penn News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:37

Doing doctoral research in a ninth grade music classroom in Hamburg, Germany, set Emily Joy Rothchild on a path to work with students on a recently released CD and music video that tackles the tough topics of terrorism, Islamophobia and hate.

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Penn’s Ghaffar-Kucher Guides GSE’s International Internship Program

Latest Penn News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:35
blurb:  Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher is a matchmaker of sorts, pairing students in GSE's International Educational Development Program with internships at agencies that share a commitment to educational equity and serving disenfranchised communities around the world.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher is a matchmaker of sorts.

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Penn Receives African-American Chamber of Commerce 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award

Latest Penn News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:51

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware honored the University of Pennsylvania with its 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of Penn's commitment to diversity and inclusion with minorities, women and local businesses through its Economic Inclusion Program.

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Participation in Research Studies Not Detrimental to Preterm Infants

Latest Penn News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:07

Premature babies who are enrolled in clinical trials for therapies to treat and prevent complications from preterm birth are no more likely to die or experience poor outcomes than babies who are not trial participants, according to a retrospective analysis of more than 5,000 babies born before 29 weeks of gestation.

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Protein "Comet Tails" Propel Cell Recycling Process, Penn Study Finds

Latest Penn News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:57

Several well-known neurodegenerative diseases, such as Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's disease, all result in part from a defect in autophagy – one way a cell removes and recycles misfolded proteins and pathogens.

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Penn Author Calls for Better Primary Care for Medicaid Patients to Curb Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

Latest Penn News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:56

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED v

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Penn Medicine's Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Latest Penn News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:54

Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and chief of the division of Occupational Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the 2015 Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education or Researcher from the American College of Occupational an

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Young Adults Find Health Insurance Enrollment on HealthCare.gov Challenging, According to Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:36

When trying to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov during the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, young adults were confused by unfamiliar health insurance terms, concerned about the affordability of plan options, and unsure how to seek good primary care.

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