Penn Libraries Launches ‘OPenn’ Digital Resources Online Platform

Latest Penn News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:07

Some rare books and manuscripts from Penn Libraries can now be accessed online through the new OPenn digital resources website, http:/openn.library.upenn.edu.

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Penn IUR’s Monument Lab Leverages Culture to Inspire Dialogue for the City

Latest Penn News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:09

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a collaborative project based at the Penn Institute for Urban Research with The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and the City of Philadelphia, is pleased to announce partnerships with three of Philadelphia’s major arts and culture organizations: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency).

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Penn Senior Matthew Lisle: Adapting to Climate Change Through Water Security

Latest Penn News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:43
blurb:  One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be meeting the world’s growing water needs in the face of a changing climate. Like other environmental challenges, achieving water security will require innovation on many fronts.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

(This is the fifth and last in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.)  

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$10 Million Gift Elevates ICA’s Artist-centered Vision

Latest Penn News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:36

Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, announces a monumental gift of $10 million for ICA’s curatorial program generously given by Daniel W. Dietrich, II. The largest gift in the museum’s history nearly doubles ICA’s endowment.

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University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Chemical Sciences Program Partners with Baruch S. Blumberg Institute

Latest Penn News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:10

Partnership offers research and work experience to Penn graduate students

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Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Offers Advice on Aid to Nepal

Latest Penn News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:43
blurb:  The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has posted online guidance for donors who want to assist with post-disaster relief, whether one has $10 or $10,000 to give.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has developed online guidance to assist donors wishing to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. 

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Penn Prof David Brownlee Inducted Into Society of Architectural Historians

Latest Penn News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:46

David Brownlee has been named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians. Brownlee was inducted into the SAH at its 68th Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago on April 16.

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Penn’s Quiz Bowl Club Answers Life’s Toughest Questions, Takes Home Championship

Latest Penn News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:05
blurb:  The Quiz Bowl team traveled to a national championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the unmatched brainpower of four students brought a new trophy home to Penn.

Trivia is not trivial for one club at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Penn to Host the First U.S.-India Think Tank Summit in New Delhi April 27-29

Latest Penn News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:03
blurb:  The U.S.-India Think Tank Summit will be the first and largest meeting of think tanks and policymakers ever held in India with more than 70 participating institutions from throughout the country. The summit is designed to forge closer ties between think tanks in India and in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

WHO:           James McGann, director, University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, and senior lecturer, Lauder Institute                

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Penn Pioneer in Personalized Medicine Advocates that National Translational Medicine Consortia is Best Equipped to Drive Human Phenotyping for the Clinic

Latest Penn News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:32

President Barack Obama launched the "Precision Medicine Initiative” this past winter during the State of the Union address, and politicians on both sides of the aisle applauded the announcement. Broadly, precision medicine is meant to help diagnose individuals more accurately and better tailor treatment according to their physiology.

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Two Researchers from Penn's Perelman School of Medicine Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Latest Penn News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:49

Two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been elected as new members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

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University of Pennsylvania Team Receive Prestigious National Clinical Research Award for HIV Breakthrough

Latest Penn News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:39

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are among the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Clinical Research Achievement Award for their personalized gene therapy work in HIV.

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Penn IUR’s Eugenie Birch Elected President of the U.N.’s General Assembly of Partners

Latest Penn News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:23

Eugenie Birch, co-director of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, has been elected as the first president of the new General Assembly of Partners (GAP), a special initiative of the United Nation’s World Urban Campaign. Birch was elected at the GAP’s inaugural meeting, held in Nairobi, Kenya in mid-April.

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Penn Study Identifies Molecular Link Between DNA Damage and Premature Aging

Latest Penn News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:10
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers found that inactivating interferon signaling in a mouse model of progeria, or premature aging, extended the animals’ lives.

Like a beloved pair of jeans, human DNA accumulates damage over time, and older people’s bodies can’t repair it as well. Many scientists believe a build up of damage can cause cells to enter an irreversible dormant state known as senescence.

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Two Penn Medicine Studies Examine Diabetes Severity in Parkinson's, Sex Differences in Parkinson's Disease Caregiving

Latest Penn News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:19

A pair of studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate a correlation between diabetes severity and parkinsonism, or parkinsonian tremors; and examine the caregiving differences between men and women with PD.

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Penn Study Shows Computer-Assisted Diagnosis Tool Helps Physicians Assess Skin Conditions Without Aid from Dermatologists

Latest Penn News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:16

In the first major study to examine the use of a computer-assisted, photo-driven differential diagnosis generator for skin conditions, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University

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A ‘Lone Hurdler’ Becomes a Part of a Family Affair at the Penn Relays

Latest Penn News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:44

Sally Willig vividly recalls the intensity of her first experience competing at the Penn Relays, back in 1980.

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Penn Vet, Montreal and McGill Researchers Show How Blood-Brain Barrier Is Maintained

Latest Penn News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:24
blurb:  In a new study, researchers have made insights into how the blood-brain barrier, or BBB, is maintained, identifying a protein key to the process. Delivering this protein to mice with the rodent equivalent of MS improved their symptoms.

The brain is a privileged organ in the body. So vital to life, the brain is protected from alterations elsewhere in the body by a highly regulated gateway known as the blood-brain barrier, which allows only selected molecules to pass through.

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Penn Senior Jodi Feinberg to Launch Cardiac Patient In-home Rehab Program

Latest Penn News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:29
blurb:  (This is the fourth in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.) Jodi Feinberg, a Penn Nursing senior from Short Hills., N.J., will implement and evaluate a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation model for home care.

(This is the fourth in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.)  

One in five patients discharged from the hospital experience an adverse event at home within three weeks. They may fall or mix up their medications, placing an extreme burden on their caregivers. Ultimately they’re readmitted to the hospital.

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