Penn Student Gains Foreign Diplomacy Experience as State Department e-Intern

Latest Penn News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:26

Erica Ma, spent her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania working in a federal government internship that didn’t require her to live in Washington, D.C., or be based in any specific part of the world. That’s because she worked remotely as an e-intern in the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service program.

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Penn Medicine: Competition Seeks Experts in Science and Machine Learning to Predict and Detect Seizures

Latest Penn News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:14

Epilepsy affects more than 50 million people worldwide. The disorder is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can bring about seizures, changes in awareness or sensation and behavior.

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Penn Physics/Medicine Receives $2.8 Million Grant for Stroke Research

Latest Penn News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:34

The National Institutes of Health have awarded University of Pennsylvania researchers a five-year, $2.8 million grant to further research on techniques for monitoring blood flow in the brain following strokes.

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Penn Alumnus, House Dean Chris Donovan Champions His Love of Cinema

Latest Penn News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:19
blurb:  Chris Donovan is a Philadelphia native, a Penn alumnus and a movie buff. In addition to teaching literature and cinema at the School of Arts & Sciences, he's also the house dean at Gregory College House, where he runs its film culture program.

Back in 1992, when movie buff and native Philadelphian Chris Donovan earned his English degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he had little idea of how fortuitous the line “I’ll be back” from The Terminator would become.

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Penn Team Makes Cancer Glow to Improve Surgical Outcomes

Latest Penn News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:22
blurb:  The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor in the patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence.

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Internship Puts Penn Student on Frontlines of Campaign to Legalize Marijuana

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:32

On June 18, Jelani Hayes, a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania boarded an early-morning bus to Albany, N.Y., with grass roots organizers from Voices of Community Activists & Leaders, VOCAL-New York, and others.

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Penn Projects Garner LEED Gold Designations, Adding to Green Campus Goals

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:32
blurb:  Two University of Pennsylvania building projects have received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council: The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition.

Two University of Pennsylvania building projects have received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council: The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition.

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Penn Robotic Soccer Team Reigns Supreme

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:43

The University of Pennsylvania’s robotic soccer team now has another world championship trophy to add to its collection.

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Moving AHEAD: Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at Penn

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:22
blurb:  Researchers from Penn's Graduate School of Education are advancing higher education and open, equitable societies around the world through the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

Seven faculty members from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania are advancing higher education and fostering open, equitable societies around the globe through the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, or AHEAD.

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Penn’s David Hewitt Helps Philadelphia Design Parks Agile Enough to Adapt

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:22
blurb:  Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is rolling out a brand new approach to managing its green spaces and the University of Pennsylvania's David Hewitt is helping them do it.

On a Wednesday afternoon in the Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center, a group gathered around a large table covered in maps and photos.

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Penn Launches German Language MOOC With ‘Auf Deutsch’

Latest Penn News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:16

This fall, a new University of Pennsylvania open learning course will teach elementary German online. The free course will offer students a way to learn the language while widening their circle of German speaking friends and followers via social media.

Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures,” a six-week, non-credit course will launch Oct. 6.

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Garden Club Lets Nature Bloom in Penn’s Kings Court English College House

Latest Penn News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:24
blurb:  Thanks to its Garden Club, the courtyard at Kings Court English College House is replete with fruit trees, herbs, flowers and other plantings, fishponds and plenty of shady benches and tables where students can study and relax.

When Marta Rivas-Olmeda and her husband, Jorge Santiago-Avilés, moved into their home in the University of Pennsylvania’s Kings Court English College House, the courtyard was full of concrete and weeds.

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Penn’s Dennis Culhane to Address White House Conference on Use of Integrated Data

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:00
blurb:  Dennis Culhane, a researcher at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will talk about how integrated administrative data might serve as a new way to build credible evidence that shows “what works” in funding social programs.

Dennis Culhane, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, will speak at a conference hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the

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Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed in Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:59

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions.

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Link Between Ritual Circumcision Procedure and Herpes Infection in Infants Examined by Penn Medicine Analysis

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:55

A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of  herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by Penn

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Penn Study: Incisionless Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery Associated with Shorter Hospital Stays

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:54

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin.

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Penn Student Jesús Pérez’s Challenging Feat Inspires Himself and Others

Latest Penn News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:06

After training for months and then running the equivalent of nearly six marathons in six consecutive days in the Atacama Desert in Chile, University of Pennsylvania student Jesús Pérez now feels empowered to tackle any challenge he encounters.

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Toyota-ITC Gift Will Support Penn Research on Automotive Electronic and Computer Systems

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:59

The University of Pennsylvania's PRECISE Center has received a substantial financial gift from the Toyota InfoTechnology Center. Toyota-ITC is interested in promoting the PRECISE Center's efforts on safety algorithms for self-driving cars, remote automotive diagnostics, resilient control of au

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Penn Study: Metabolic Enzyme Stops Progression of Most Common Type of Kidney Cancer

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:33

In an analysis of small molecules called metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified an enzyme key to applying the brakes on tumor growth.

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Researcher From Penn Will Discuss Higher Ed Disparities at U.S. Senate Hearing

Latest Penn News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:22
blurb:  Laura Perna, a professor in Penn GSE, will testify before a United States Senate Committee hearing, "The Role of States in Higher Education," on Thursday, July 24.

Laura Perna, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, will testify before a United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

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