Political Activist Behind a Desk: Penn Professor Camille Z. Charles

Latest Penn News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:32

Camille Z. Charles believes that where you live influences everything that happens to you and sets you up for the rest of your life.

Before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1998, Charles, a scholar of racial inequality, was conducting research on minority students at elite universities. She found that those who came from segregated neighborhoods weren’t faring as well academically as their white peers.

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Improving Radiology’s Utility and Safety at Penn Dental Medicine

Latest Penn News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:40
blurb:  A technological revolution that has made three-dimensional imaging of the teeth and jaws easier and safer has ushered in a transformation of practice in the dental clinic.

The oral cavity is a complex landscape, cavernous and full of irregular structures. Using a two-dimensional X-ray to map its variations can only reveal so much. That’s why a technological revolution that has made three-dimensional imaging of the teeth and jaws easier and safer has ushered in a transformation of practice in the dental clinic.

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Penn Researcher Illustrates Impact of Drone Usage in Areas of Conflict

Latest Penn News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:40
blurb:  In “The Consequences of Drone Proliferation: Separating Fact from Fiction,” Michael C. Horowitz says what's missing in the current debate is a realistic understanding of what today's drones can and cannot do.

The use of drones has had significant consequences for how governments conduct counter-terrorism operations.

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Penn’s Michael Horowitz Testifies to House Subcommittee on Drones

Latest Penn News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:16
blurb:  Michael C. Horowitz, an associate professor of political science and the associate director of Penn’s Perry World House, will testify in front of the U.S. House Armed Forces subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Thursday, Feb. 11.

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Penn PORES Offers Undergraduates a Role in Researching Presidential Primaries

Latest Penn News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 13:56

This spring, University of Pennsylvania students are getting an insider’s view of the political process as they examine election results and polling data to monitor voting patterns in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential primaries. 

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Two Penn Professors Call Attention to the Use of Race in Human Genetic Research

Latest Penn News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:37

Two University of Pennsylvania professors are coauthors, along with two other scholars, on a perspective piece published this week in the journal Science that calls for an end to the use of genetic concepts of race in biological research.

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Penn Study Prompts Reevaluation of Assumptions on Role of Internal Clock in Human Disease

Latest Penn News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:45

Abolishing the 24-hour clock by knocking out a key gene during development accelerates aging and shortens lifespan by two thirds in mice, but this effect is absent if the gene deletion is delayed until after birth, according to a new study published this week in Science Translational Medicine by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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"Gene Fusion" Mutation Uses Three-Way Mechanism To Drive Childhood Brain Cancers

Latest Penn News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:42

A powerful, three-way mechanism by which a mutation drives the growth of childhood brain cancers, was discovered by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine

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Penn Study Identifies Enzyme Key to Link Between Age-Related Inflammation and Cancer

Latest Penn News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:38

For the first time, researchers have shown that an enzyme key to regulating gene expression -- and also an oncogene when mutated -- is critical for the expression of numerous inflammatory compounds that have been implicated in age-related increases in cancer and tissue degeneration, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Inhibitors of the enzyme are being developed as a new anti-cancer target.

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Viral Gene Editing System Corrects Genetic Liver Disease in Newborn Mice

Latest Penn News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:36

For the first time, researchers have treated an animal model of a genetic disorder using a viral vector to deliver genome-editing components in which the disease- causing mutation has been corrected. Delivery of the vector to newborn mice improved their survival while treatment of adult animals, unexpectedly, made them worse, according to a new study by investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania The team published their findings this week in Nature Biotechnology.

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Penn Researchers Offer New Approach to Treating Cocaine Addiction

Latest Penn News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 13:58
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers Heath Schmidt, Matthew Hayes and Bart De Jonghe have shown that a drug used for diabetes and obesity may also reduce cocaine dependence.

In the ongoing fight against drug addiction, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine have discovered a unique application for an FDA-approved drug curr

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Penn Junior Tabeen Hossain Learns Eco-Lessons From Two European Leaders

Latest Penn News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 13:28
blurb:  Junior Tabeen Hossain of Houston researched the cultural aspects of environmental sustainability in Berlin and Rotterdam via a Kleinman Center for Energy Policy grant.

By Niharika Gupta

The summer before her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania, Tabeen Hossain decided to take her academic journey in environmental science and policy abroad to Berlin and Rotterdam. In those two cities, she discovered the cultural aspects of sustainability, environmentalism and policymaking.

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Penn School of Social Policy & Practice Launches SP2 Penn Top 10

Latest Penn News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:59

With the 2016 United States presidential election race ramping up, experts from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, or SP2, are analyzing 10 of the nation’s key social justice and policy issues ­­in a project called SP2 Penn Top 10 Social Justice & Policy Issues for the 2016 Presidential Election.

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President’s Innovation Prize Contenders Vie for $100K Seed Money and Big Perks at Penn

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:38

In April, one enterprising senior or team of graduates-to-be at the University of Pennsylvania will be named the inaugural President’s Innovation Prize winners. The award comes with $100,000 in seed money and a $50,000 living stipend per team member. And that is just the start.

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Penn Honored With Year Up Philadelphia’s 2015 Urban Empowerment Award

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:07

Year Up Philadelphia has honored the University of Pennsylvania with the 2015 Urban Empowerment Award in recognition of Penn’s leadership as a corporate partner providing professional mentoring and job training to urban young adults in underserved areas. 

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Brookings Institution Tops Penn 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index

Latest Penn News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:46

The Brookings Institution tops the list of the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, an annual ranking of the world’s top think tanks released today by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the Lauder Institute. This is the eighth consecutive year that Brookings has been ranked first.

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Penn Team Devises Easier Way to Make ‘Bijels,’ a Complex New Form of Liquid Matter

Latest Penn News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:20
blurb:  Known as a bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gel, or bijel, this new type of emulsion is eyed as a kind of liquid conveyor belt for continuous chemical reactions.

Oil and water famously don't mix, but finely dispersing one in the other produces a liquid mixture with many useful properties. An emulsion consisting of tiny droplets of one of those liquids immersed in the other is the most common form, found in everything from salad dressings, to cosmetics to industrial lubricants.

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Aviv Nevo Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Latest Penn News - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 16:48

President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price are pleased to announce the appointment of Aviv Nevo as the University of Pennsylvania’s 17th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

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Penn to Release Annual Global Think Tanks Ranking Report

Latest Penn News - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 16:13
blurb:  The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at Penn will release its 2015 Global Go To Think Tanks Report, the most comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks, at four major launch events.

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