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Exercise Boosts Tumor-fighting Ability of Chemotherapy, Penn Team Finds

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:07

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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Penn Medicine and Wistar Receive $12 Million NCI Melanoma Grant to Help Fast Track Lab Discoveries into Treatments

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:24

Penn Medicine and The Wistar Institute have been awarded a prestigious $12.1 million SPORE grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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Penn Muscle Institute Biologists Receive $9 Million to Research Cellular Motors

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:19

Researchers in the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute (PMI), based at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have received $9 million over the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate the biology of cellular motors.

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Penn Senior Kimberly Kolor’s Journey to Study Life and Religion in South Asia

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:21

While studying abroad in India, University of Pennsylvania senior Kimberly Kolor found even the smallest excursion became a learning experience.

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Morris Arboretum's Ann Fowler Rhoads Honored With 2014 Meigs Award

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:34
blurb:  On Saturday, September 27, at the inaugural University of Nature conference, the Schuylkill Center will present its highest honor, the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award, to botanist Ann Fowler Rhoads, one of the region’s most distinguished scientists.

On Saturday, September 27, at the inaugural University of Nature conference, the Schuylkill Center will present its highest honor, the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award, to botanist Ann Fowler Rhoads, one of the region’s most distinguished scientists.

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Penn Engineer Danielle Bassett Receives 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:56
blurb:  Bassett will receive a five-year, $625,000, no-strings-attached grant. She is being recognized for her research that uses network science to better understand on how the brain can learn and adapt.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday that the University of Pennsylvania’s Danielle S. Bassett has been selected as a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.

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Child Abuse Charges and Adrian Peterson

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:11

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus ISDN line and satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability.

Expert:
Debra Schilling Wolfe

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Case Study Examines Penn as Global Model for Leadership in Civic Engagement

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:35
blurb:  “Effective Governance of a University as an Anchor Institution: University of Pennsylvania as a Case Study,” chronicles the history and evolution of Penn's community engagement.

An interdisciplinary team at the University of Pennsylvania points to a successful local engagement program that Penn has employed during two decades as a model for developing cities and communities that thrive both in the United States and internationally.

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Doctoral Research Takes Penn Student to Mountains of Japan for Ascetic Retreats

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:49
blurb:  No one can blame Frank Clements if he spends some time catching up on his favorite pastimes watching TV shows on Netflix, reading and running, now that he’s back home from an ascetic research trip to the mountains of Japan. The Penn Ph.D. student’s dissertation centers on the Shugendô mountain religious tradition.

No one can blame Frank Clements if he spends some time catching up on his favorite pastimes watching TV shows on Netflix, reading and running, now that he’s back home from an ascetic research trip to the mountains of Japan.

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Penn Center for Innovation’s Mobile App Challenge Is Back for a Second Year

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:31
blurb:  Last fall, the Penn Center for Innovation launched the AppItUP Challenge, a contest that gathered mobile app ideas from across the University of Pennsylvania community and helped bring the best ones to life.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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Penn Team Studies Nanocrystals by Passing Them Through Tiny Pores

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:48

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole in a membrane, the team was able to measure the electrical properties of those structures’ surfaces.

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Penn Research Helps Uncover Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:13

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect.

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Penn Medicine: Zebrafish Model of a Learning and Memory Disorder Shows Better Way to Target Treatment

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:07

Using a zebrafish model of a human genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF1), a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that the learning and memory components of the disorder are distinct features that will likely need different treatment approaches.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Profile of Patients Most Likely to Delay Hospice Enrollment Until Final Days of Life

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:04

One in six cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Grad Student Taja Towne Has Sights on Career in International Social Work

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:12
blurb:  For her field placement, Taja Towne, a student at the School of Social Policy & Practice, is working with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

For Taja Towne, leaving the familiar comfort of home is part of a bigger plan.

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Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics to Rise on Penn Medicine Campus

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:56

The University of Pennsylvania today reached an important milestone in its alliance with Novartis as it unveiled plans for the construction of a first-of-its-kind Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics (CACT) on the Penn Medicine campus in Philadelphia.

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Penn Student Seeks Adventure Through Study Abroad

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:18

For University of Pennsylvania senior Olivia Route, some of the most exciting and enriching experiences she’s had as a student have happened while studying abroad.

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Helping Others Is Personal for Penn Social Work Student

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:40
blurb:  School of Social Policy & Practice student Ashley Blake is working for the Goldring Re-entry Initiative, a program designed to assist incarcerated people transition back into society with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Ashley Blake’s family has gone through a lot.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Profile of Patients Most Likely to Delay Hospice Enrollment Until Final Days of Life

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:29

One in six cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Researcher and CVS Health Physician Urge New Payment Model for Costly Gene Therapy Treatments

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:27

Hoping to encourage sufficient investments by pharmaceutical companies in expensive gene therapies, which often consist of a single treatment, a Penn researcher and the chief medical officer of CVS Health outline an alternative payment model in this month’s issue of Nature Biotechnology.

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