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A Passion for Research Takes Penn Senior Beyond the Stacks

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:07
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania senior Nick DeFina has spent his last four years engaged with the various intricacies, insights and intrigues of scholarly research. He has pursued this passion on campus and off, through curricular and co-curricular projects, and through the lens of different disciplines: Research has been the one constant in his richly varied intellectual life at Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences.

By Christina Cook

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Penn Team Restores Memory Formation Following Sleep Deprivation in Mice

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:20
blurb:  Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania observed that sleep deprivation is tied to an impairment of protein production in the hippocampus, a brain region thought to be central to memory. By experimentally increasing the expression of a gene involved in regulating protein synthesis in mice, they were able to prevent these deficits.

Pulling an all-nighter may seem like a good way to cram before a test, yet science tells us memory suffers when sleep is sacrificed.

A new study suggests that it doesn’t have to.

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Penn Libraries/History of Art Student-curated Exhibit Reaps Benefits and an Award

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:18

For a group of University of Pennsylvania students from André Dombrowski’s fall 2014 curatorial seminar, the excitement of curating an exhibition in the Penn Libraries and creating an accompanying catalog came rushing back when the

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Penn’s Jane Willenbring to Study Soil Metals for Geology and Gardeners

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:02

At first glance, it might seem that community gardening and beryllium isotopes have little in common.

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Inaugural President’s Innovation Prize Winners Announced at Penn

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 17:01

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of four undergraduates as the inaugural President’s Innovation Prize recipients.

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Penn's Marwan M. Kraidy Receives Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to Study the Spectacle of the Islamic State

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:07
blurb:  As an expert in global media studies, Annenberg Professor Marwan M. Kraidy has been studying the use of communications by IS, which he approaches as a “war machine,” and his research now has a big new supporter: the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Today it was announced that Kraidy has won a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, one of the most prestigious prizes in the social sciences and humanities, bringing with it a grant of up to $200,000.

The video shows a Jordanian pilot in an orange jumpsuit standing in a cage, his head bowed. A match hits unseen gasoline, and what follows is unspeakable. The pilot burns to death at the hands of the Islamic State, multiple cameras recording it in detail. The event itself was perhaps a minute, but the official edited video drags on for 22 minutes.

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Penn’s Synchronized Swimmers Make a Splash

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 14:20
blurb:  For the first time in the team's 70-year history, Penn Synchro finished in the top 10 at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships in Gainesville, Fla. this year.

Dancing in water is much more challenging than people think, Eileen Wang says. 

Wang, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of this season’s 13-member synchronized swimming club. Known as Penn Synchro, the club has a 70-year history. 

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Penn Psychologists Study Intense Awe Astronauts Feel Viewing Earth From Space

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:02
blurb:  By analyzing accounts of awe that result from seeing Earth from space, David Yaden and Johannes Eichstaedt of the University of Pennsylvania delve deep into the psychology of astronauts.

Picture Earth at the center of a frame. The planet looks unassuming, a fleck, its blue-and-white marbling stark against a black interstellar backdrop. Yet the image likely evokes some reaction.

Now imagine seeing this view from space.

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Penn Medicine's Josep Dalmau Named Recipient of 2016 Cotzias Lecture and Award From AAN

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:07

Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, an adjunct professor of neurology and founder and director of the Penn Center of Autoimmune Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was honored as a recipient of the American Academy of Neurology’s 2016 Cotzias Lecture and Award, at the organization’s 68th annual meeting that took place April 15-21 in Vancouver.

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Penn Researcher to Lead $2.5 Million PCORI Project to Examine Dietary Interventions for Crohn's Disease

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:04

A national research study to focus on diet as a tool for managing Crohn’s disease symptoms, led by James Lewis, MD, MSCE, a professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), has been approved to receive a $2.5 million funding award by the Patient-Cente

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Penn Study Uncovers Genetic Variation that Predicted Type and Rate of Physical Decline in Patients with Parkinson's Disease

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:46

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions have uncovered a site of genetic variation that identified which patients with Parkinson’s disease are more likely to have tremors versus difficulty with balance and walking.

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Three University of Pennsylvania Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:25

University of Pennsylvania students Elyse Chase, Kevin Chen and Jordan Doman have won Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, awarded annually to juniors and sophomores interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering research.

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Penn Researcher Uncovers the Unexpected History of Separating Church and State

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 13:33
blurb:  Sarah Barringer Gordon, a professor in the History Department at the School of Arts & Sciences and the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law, is writing Freedom’s Holy Light: Disestablishment in America, 1776-1876, which will offer fresh perspectives on the disestablishment of religion during the century following the American Revolution.

A forthcoming book from a professor at the University of Pennsylvania will showcase how the formal separation of church and state moved slavery to the political sphere, but defenders of slavery argued religious critiques of slavery violated that separation.  

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Penn Celebrates Opening of the Stephen A. Levin Building: A New Hub for the Neural and Behavioral Sciences

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:24

The University of Pennsylvania officially opened the Stephen A. Levin Building with a dedication ceremony on April 14. The six-story, $68.6-million, 78,000-square-foot building integrates psychology, biology and behavioral sciences under one roof with research laboratories, teaching facilities and space for students to collaborate and study. 

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Penn Medince and CHOP Study: Drug Candidate Stops Extra Bone Growth in Animal Model of Rare, Genetic Disease

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:27

New preclinical research provides support to a drug that has been repurposed to possibly treat a rare and extremely disabling genetic bone disease

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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Can Boost Language Comprehension, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:24

How the human brain processes the words we hear and constructs complex concepts is still somewhat of a mystery to the neuroscience community.

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Penn Researchers Earn Clinical Research Achievement Awards

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:23

Two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are among the recipients of the 2016

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Penn Hosts Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Diversity Workshop

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:58

Recognizing the importance of inclusion and diversity in their business practices, more than 70 members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce gathered at the University of Pennsylvania on April 5 to discuss how to successfully address unconscious bias and foster constructive relationships in the work environment.

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Arthur Ross Gallery's Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture Series

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:50

Arthur Ross Gallery

Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture Series

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