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W. P. Carey Foundation endows Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA Program at Penn Law and Wharton

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:15

In recognition of a $10 million endowment from the W. P. Carey Foundation, the JD/MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will be renamed the Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA Program.

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Twitter Chatter Predicts Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment, Penn Study Shows

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:41

An increase in Twitter sentiment (the positivity or negativity of tweets) is associated with an increase in state-level enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces — a phenomenon that points to use of the social media platform as a real-time gauge of public opinion and provides a way for marketplaces to quickly identify enrollment changes and emerging issues.

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Prescription Drug-Induced Liver Failure is Uncommon; Over-the-Counter Medications and Dietary/Herbal Supplements are Most Common Causes, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:39

Drug-induced acute liver failure is uncommon, and over-the-counter medications and dietary and herbal supplements -- not prescription drugs -- are its most common causes, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are published in the current issue of Gastroenterology.

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Penn Medicine: Gorilla Origins of the Last Two AIDS Virus Lineages Confirmed

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:22

Two of the four known groups of human AIDS viruses (HIV-1 groups O and P) have originated in western lowland gorillas, according to an international team of scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Montpellier, the University of Edinburgh, and others.

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Successful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Youth Leads to Decreased Thinking about Suicide, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:18

Penn Medicine researchers found that patients who did not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in childhood had more chronic and enduring patterns of suicidal ideation at 7 to 19 years after treatment. This study adds to the literature that suggests that successful CBT for childhood anxiety confers long-term benefits. The complete study is available in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Consumed by Love of Cooking, Penn Senior Is a Student by Day, Chef at Night

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:17

From interning in a kitchen breaking down hundreds of lobsters to hunting truffles in Italy to hosting random four course dinner parties, Amanda Shulman lives to cook. The University of Pennsylvania senior has completed the first level of basic cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and is as likely to fall asleep reading a cookbook as she is reading a textbook studying for class.

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Penn Scientists Describe the Function of an Enzyme Critical to Male Fertility

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:37
blurb:  In a study published in the journal Genes and Development, University of Pennsylvania researchers have filled in details of how an enzyme, through interactions with a network of nearly two dozen other genes, protects the integrity of the germ line by giving rise to a class of RNA molecules that are essential to sperm development.

Researchers are one step closer to unraveling the extraordinarily complex series of processes that lead to an event crucial to human reproduction: the creation of sperm.

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Penn Surgeon Makes Life-saving Donation to Ukrainian Children’s Hospital

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:17
blurb:  Scott Bartlett, a professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the Peter Randall Endowed Chair in Pediatric Craniofacial Treatment and Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, orchestrated a $12,000 donation to the Odessa Regional Children's Hospital in Ukraine. The grant enabled doctors to perform life-saving surgery on dozens of infants with congenital heart defects.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Modern Japanese Prints at University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:16

April 10 – June 21, 2015

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints, an exhibition, that brings together Japanese prints addressing the idea of place and landscape in the modern era on view to the public until June 21, 2015.

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Learning to Lead at Penn

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:42

Beginning in her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, Dandi Zhu figured that being successful could only be helped by being around other women who wanted, as she did, to be leaders.

That’s what drew her to Ware College House’s Women in Leadership residential program.

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Helping Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Penn Students Stay True to Who They Are

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:25

University of Pennsylvania junior Roderick Cook believes that it’s important for those in positions of privilege and power to redistribute resources to help marginalized communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

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Arabic Language Immersion Preps Penn Senior for Government Service Career

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:58

Blake Harwood first developed a passion to learn languages in high school as a teenager in Highland Park, Ill. when she won a scholarship to study Arabic in Cairo for six weeks in a foreign exchange student program.

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Penn Abroad in Tanzania Is Educational, Enlightening and Thrilling

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:47

Waking up and seeing a two-ton elephant nearby sounds like it could be a scene from a movie, but that’s exactly what University of Pennsylvania student Hannah Watene experienced while studying abroad in Tanzania.

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Bioethics Commission, Chaired by Penn’s Gutmann: Ebola Teaches Health Preparedness Requires Ethics Preparedness

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:39

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, chaired by Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, reported today that the federal government has both a prudential and a moral responsibility to actively participate in coordinated global responses to public health emergencies wherever they arise.

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Penn Trustees Approve Design for Pennovation Center at Pennovation Works Site

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:23

The design development for the new Pennovation Center has received approval from the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. This 58,000-square-foot, three-story facility is located in the heart of the Pennovation Works, Penn’s 23-acre site along the southern bank of the Schuylkill River and adjacent to the University campus.

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Penn Announces 2015-16 Financial-aid Budget, Tuition

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:40

The University of Pennsylvania announced today that it has authorized a $206 million financial-aid budget for 2015-16 — the largest in the University’s history — while increasing total undergraduate charges by 3.9 percent.

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Penn Vet Researchers Identify Effective Treatment for Niemann Pick Type C

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:53
blurb:  A study coming out in Science Translational Medicine and led by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine researchers has shown that cats with the rare disease Niemann Pick type C — which mirrors the human version of the disease — show vast improvements when treated with a compound called cyclodextrin.

Niemann Pick Disease type C, or NPC, is a disease most people have never heard of, affecting just one person in 150,000. Yet the disease is a devastating one. Frequently diagnosed in children in their elementary school years, sufferers usually die by the time they’re 20.

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Penn Medicine Physician Finds No Preventive Benefits for Widely Used Kidney Cancer Drugs

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:23

Two widely used targeted therapy drugs— approved by the FDA for use in metastatic kidney cancer —are no more effective than a placebo in preventing return of the disease to increase life spans of patients suffering from advanced kidney cancer after surgery, according to new results to be presented by a researcher at the U

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Sharing Personal Stories of Penn’s Morris Arboretum

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 15:22

The history of the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum has been chronicled in written stories over the years, but now an audio history series offers an insider’s view from people with strong ties to the organization from the early days to the present.

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