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

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:59

The University of Pennsylvania's PRECISE Center has received $120,000 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 autonomous vehicles an

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

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

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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Kleinman Gift Establishes Energy Policy Center at Penn

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:19

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy has been established at PennDesign with a $10 million gift from Scott, C’94, W’94, and Wendy Kleinman. The Center, which is scheduled to launch in Fall 2014, will advance energy productivity by reframing the relationship between research and practice in support of policy innovation.   

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Penn Medicine Study: Liver Transplant Patients Who Receive Organs from Living Donors More Likely to Survive than Those Who Receive Organs from Deceased Donors

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:33

Research derived from early national experience of liver transplantation has shown that deceased donor liver transplants offered recipients better survival rates than living donor liver transplants, making them the preferred method of transplantation for most physicians. Now, the first data-driven study in over a decade disputes this notion.

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Potassium Supplements May Increase Survival in Patients Taking Diuretics for Heart Failure, Penn Study Suggests

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:28

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that patients taking prescription potassium supplements together with loop diuretics for heart failure have better survival rates than patients taking diuretics without the potassium. Moreover, the degree of benefit increases with higher diuretic doses.

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Penn Launches New Blended Learning Initiative to Expand Academic Access

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:27
blurb:  A new summer program, the Blended Learning Initiative, welcomes 24 local high school students to Penn's campus for a three-week course that mixes online learning, classroom interaction and mentoring.

A new summer program at the University of Pennsylvania is aimed at developing a model that will narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations by preparing a diverse group of high school students for college and steering them toward greater academic success.

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Penn Study: Understanding Graphene’s Electrical Properties on an Atomic Level

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:08
blurb:  Graphene is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same; with so few atoms, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same. With so few atoms comprising the entirety of the material, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

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Penn Vet’s Lisa Gretebeck Tackles Public Health Through Research and Outreach

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:25
blurb:  Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

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Penn Researchers Successfully Alleviate Pulmonary Inflammation through Targeted Drug Delivery

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:19

Pulmonary inflammation can cause shallow breathing and the lungs to become brittle in patients who experience multiple blood transfusions, sepsis, lung surgery and acute lung trauma.

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As a New York Attorney General’s Office Intern, Penn’s Iris Zhang Is Facing Her Fears

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:45

University of Pennsylvania student Iris Zhang calls the study of math her “deepest, darkest fear.” But this summer, she’s not only facing it, she’s conquering it. Zhang is working in Manhattan as an economics and statistics intern at the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office.

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New Penn Study Shows Drinking Alcohol, Even Light-to-Moderate Amounts, Provides No Heart Health Benefit

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:54

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the

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Penn’s Jordi Rivera Prince Uses Bones to Tell a Story of Human Evolution

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:05
blurb:  It wasn’t until she was 18 years old that Jordi Rivera Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, learned in depth about evolution. Now, lessons in evolution are part and parcel of Rivera Prince’s day-to-day life as an assistant to the curator of physical anthropology at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

It wasn’t until she was 18 years old that Jordi Rivera Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, learned in depth about evolution.

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Penn Study Finds Living Kidney Donation Does Not Increase Risk of Death or Heart Disease for Older Adult Donors

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:50

Previous studies linking older age with kidney and heart disease have raised concerns about the safety of living kidney donation among older adults.

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Penn to Lead $22.5 Million Project on Restoring Memory Loss

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:01
blurb:  Penn scientists and physicians will conduct fundamental research on the brain with the aim of developing "neuroprosthetic" devices for treating memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

A team of scientists and physicians at the University of Pennsylvania will lead a four-year effort worth as much as $22.5 million to develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in people who suffer from memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

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Penn's Personalized Cellular Therapy for Leukemia Receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy Designation

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:58

A University of Pennsylvania-developed personalized immunotherapy has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed and refractory adult and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Field Center at Penn Hosts First International Program on Child Welfare

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:47
blurb:  In an inaugural three-week program, the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research welcomed 20 students from South Korea's Namseoul University, who are learning about child welfare in the U.S.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania welcomed a group of students from South Korea’s Namseoul University to campus for an inaugural three-week summer program illustrating how child welfare is practiced in the United States.

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Penn Researchers: Consider the ‘Anticrystal’

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:54
blurb:  Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials.

For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make.

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Penn Immunologist to Co-direct $12 Million Grant to Study Hepatitis

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:01

John Wherry, PhD, an associate professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are co-directing a $12 million grant to study immune responses in people who have been effectively cured of hepatitis C viral infection with new, high-potency antiviral drugs.

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Penn Study: Computer-Automated, Time-Lapse Embryo Photography May Increase Success of In-Vitro Fertilization

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:54

Using computer-automated, time-lapse photography of embryos in the laboratory during in-vitro fertilization may improve embryo selection, potentially increasing the chances of pregnancy among women undergoing the procedure, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and five other fertility centers.

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