Penn SP2’s Voices for Votes: Real Talk on the Key Social Justice Issues for the 2016 Presidential Election

Latest Penn News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:20

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) will be hosting “Voices for Votes: Real Talk on the Key Social Justice Issues for the 2016 Presidential Election.”

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Penn Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million in Kaufman Foundation Awards

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 16:45

University of Pennsylvania researchers will receive five of the 10 grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across Pennsylvania.

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Engineering Sophomore at Penn Researches Deception and Humor in Business

Latest Penn News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:00
blurb:  Mark Liam Murphy, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., spent his summer exploring business psychology topics, like humor and deception, as a part of the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program.

As students, engineers-to-be rarely get a chance to examine topics in business psychology, but Mark Liam Murphy, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., spent his first summer on campus at the University of Pennsylvania doing just that. 

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Penn English Professor Awarded Janus Pannonius Prize for Poetry

Latest Penn News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 16:47

Charles Bernstein, a University of Pennsylvania English professor, is the recipient of the 2015 Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry, along with Guiseppe Conte of Italy.

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World Water Week at Penn

Latest Penn News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:57
blurb:  Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬. 

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Stanton Wortham Appointed Faculty Director of the Penn Online Learning Initiative

Latest Penn News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 15:16

 

Stanton Wortham has been named faculty director of the Online Learning Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Sept. 1. He is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

The announcement was made by Provost Vincent Price and Beth Winkelstein, vice provost for education.

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Experiment Attempts to Snare Penn Astrophysicist’s Dark Energy ‘Chameleons’

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:34

If dark energy is hiding in the form of hypothetical particles called “chameleons,” a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, plans to flush them out.

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Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against MERS Induces Immunity in Animal Study, Penn Researchers Find

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:13

A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Some Health Insurance Websites Show Improved Efforts to Support Patient Decision Making, Penn Medicine Experts Find

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:12

Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, experts from the 

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Penn Medicine: Targeting HIV in Semen to Shut Down AIDS

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:10

There may be two new ways to fight AIDS -- using a heat shock protein or a small molecule – to attack fibrils in semen associated with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the initial phases of infection, according to new research from the 

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Fears Of Potentially Blinding Complication From Avastin Eye Injections Are Overblown, According to Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:08

Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug Lucentis made by the same company, according to new research from the 

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Health Care Innovation Isn't About Smart Phone Apps, Penn Medicine Researchers Say

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:06

Health care has much to learn from innovative high-tech companies, but not in the way most people think, according to a Perspective published today in the New England Journal of Me

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Spread of Cancer from Pancreas Arises from the Interactions of Multiple Types of Wayward Cells

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:05

Tumor cells associated with pancreatic cancer often behave like communities by working with each other to increase tumor spread and growth to different organs.

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Penn Study Finds Important Gaps in Evidence for Best Methods for Cleaning Hospital Rooms to Prevent Healthcare-associated Infections

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:03

Tray tables, bed rails, light switches, and toilets: All are common vectors for swapping germs between patients and health care workers.

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Emergency Department Counseling Program Fails to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence or Heavy Drinking Among At-Risk Women, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:01

A large randomized clinical trial of an emergency department (ED)-based program aimed at reducing incidents of excessive drinking and partner violence in women did not result in significant improvements in either risk factor, according to a new study from researchers at the 

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Topical Gel Proves Safe, Effective Treatment for Patients with Skin T Cell Lymphoma, Penn Study Finds

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 14:59

esults of a phase one trial show that an investigational topical drug, resiquimod gel, causes regression of both treated and untreated tumor lesions and may completely remove cancerous cells from both sites in patients with early stage cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) – a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma th

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Penn Scientists Identify Key Genetic Factor That Keeps Moles From Turning Into Melanoma

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 14:57

Moles are benign tumors found on the skin of almost every adult. Scientists have known for years that a mutation in the BRAF gene makes them start growing, but until now haven’t understood why they stop.

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Paper Finds University R&D to Affect Neighborhood Spatial Development

Latest Penn News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 16:38

A new white paper just released by the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) finds that university-based research and development (R&D) affects the spatial development of universities, as well as their surrounding urban areas.

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Penn Researchers Use Nanoscopic Pores to Investigate Protein Structure

Latest Penn News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:58
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. 

In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

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