Penn Team Wins the 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition

Latest Penn News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:11

A team from the University of Pennsylvania has been named the winner of the fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition hosted by the City of Philadelphia. The winning team, Elizabeth Farwell and Alounso Gilzene, are both students in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

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Penn Team’s Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation’s Collapse

Latest Penn News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:02
blurb:  With a new analysis of the Prisoner’s Dilemma played in a large, evolving population, University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that adding more flexibility to the game can allow selfish strategies to be more successful. The work paints a dimmer but likely more realistic view of how cooperation and selfishness balance one another in nature.

Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B.

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‘Bumming Cigarettes’ at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery for World AIDS Day

Latest Penn News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:15
blurb:  In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Arthur Ross Gallery presents “Bumming Cigarettes,” Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. The film screening is free and open to the public.

In recognition of World AIDS Day, a Day With(out) Art, the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery will present “Bumming Cigarettes,” Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. 

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Botswana Internship Inspires Penn Senior to Start a Happiness Blog

Latest Penn News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:45

University of Pennsylvania senior Callan Parra chronicles the stories of people she’s met who’ve triumphed over adversities and offers insights on coping with stress and finding life’s “perfect moments” in a new blog called “Happy for Happyness.”

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Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

Latest Penn News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:12
blurb:  Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create the unusual properties of metamaterials is a challenge but new research, borrowing concepts from binary computing, presents a way of simplifying things.

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices.

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Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

Latest Penn News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:59
blurb:  A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

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Penn Senior, a Future Doctor, Looks to Medicine’s Past for Insights

Latest Penn News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:10
blurb:  Through the lens of architecture, senior Ellen Kim, of Lexington, Mass., a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, is exploring the history of 19th century medicine in the United States.

By Christina Cook

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‘Giving Tuesday’

Latest Penn News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:18
blurb:  Katherina Rosqueta, an expert from Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy, can weigh in on charitable contributions for "Giving Tuesday," the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus ISDN line and satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability.

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Brainy and Buff on Display at Mr. and Ms. Penn Competition

Latest Penn News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:11

University of Pennsylvania students can be both brainy and brawny, as the Mr. and Ms. Penn bodybuilding competition demonstrates.

On Nov. 3, Zellerbach Theater was packed with family and friends as 29 contestants vied for the titles.

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Student’s Fresh Start at Penn Opens Up New Opportunities

Latest Penn News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00
blurb:  Annie Bennett just transferred to Penn this semester. She's already pledged a sorority and is participating in various other campus organizations, including the Field Hockey Club.

Annie Bennett was half way to graduation at a small liberal arts college when she made the decision to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania.

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No Racial Disparities Observed in Development of Atrial Fibrillation Among Heart Failure Patients, According to Penn Medicine Study

Latest Penn News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:45

Black patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure are no less likely than white patients to get atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia), according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Penn-developed Method for Selecting Mental Health Treatments Receives $160,000 Award

Latest Penn News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:09

MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a new United Kingdom-based charitable organization that supports mental health research, announced Wednesday the first major investment of its new flagship research program, PsyIMPACT. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is amon

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Penn-led Team Prevents Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

Latest Penn News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:22
blurb:  In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don’t get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory formation.

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Penn Senior’s Nonprofit Global Youth United Is a Catalyst for Social Change

Latest Penn News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:19

Katherine Mateo is a leader and mentor with a passion to make the world a better place. The senior who entered the University of Pennsylvania three years ago as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and Civic Scholar is director of Global Youth United, a Philadelphia-based organization that helps high school-age students identify social problems in the world and develop strategic plans to address them.

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New Penn Medicine Study Finds Lay Bystanders in Higher Income Pennsylvania Counties More Likely to Perform CPR When Witnessing a Cardiac Arrest

Latest Penn News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:12

Members of the public in counties with higher median household incomes are more likely to step into action to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when they witness someone have a cardiac arrest, according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Penn Study Examines Patients' Perspectives on Deactivation of Implantable Defibrillators in End-of-Life Scenarios

Latest Penn News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:06

Most patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)—small devices placed in a person’s chest to help treat irregular heartbeats with electrical pulses, or shocks—haven’t thought about device deactivation if they were to develop a serious illness from which they were not expected to recover.  But given c

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Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Electronic Health Record Default Settings Show Generics First, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Latest Penn News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:05

Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S.

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Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease

Latest Penn News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:03

The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug.

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Penn Center for Innovation Celebrates Launch, Brings Research and Industry Closer Together

Latest Penn News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:54

Yesterday, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann helped celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good.  

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Penn Medicine and March of Dimes Launch New $10 Million Prematurity Research Center

Latest Penn News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:16

In recognition of World Prematurity Day, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the March of Dimes Foundation today announce the establishment of a new Prematurity Research Center.

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