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Socially Conscious Penn Senior Set to Begin ‘Impactful Career’

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:59

When Afnaan Moharram finishes her studies at the University of Pennsylvania in December, she wants to combine for-profit work with social change, and, if she can’t find a socially-conscience business where she can do that, she wants to eventually start one.

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Acclaimed Brazilian Artist Henrique Oliveira at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:24
blurb:  Henrique Oliveira: Adenocalcinoma Poliresidual runs through Jan. 15, 2015 at the Arthur Ross Gallery, which is free and open to the public.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Henrique Oliveira: Adenocalcinoma Poliresidual, a site-specific installation. Curated by ARG Associate Director Dejáy B.

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Penn Turns Out to Vote on Election Day

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:32

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election is on November 4, 2014. Polling locations will be open from 7:00am-8:00pm. Voters will be casting ballots for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Representative, State Senator (even numbered districts) and State Representative.  Additionally, there are three questions posed on the ballot – two proposed charter changes and one city bond question.

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Penn Undergrad Works to Shed New Light on Nobel Prize Winner’s Novels

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:52
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania senior Emmett Wynn, a comparative literature and intellectual history major from Albuquerque, N.M., enrolled in “J. M. Coetzee: Fiction, History, Theory,” a graduate course in the English department and African Studies Program in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. There he found not only the affirmation he sought but also a deep fascination with the work of this Nobel Prize-winning South African-born novelist.

By Christina Cook

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Penn’s ELISS Fellows to Host Two Discussions on Public Health

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:05
blurb:  Penn graduate students, all Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Emerging Leaders in Science and Society program, will host two free discussions on public health.

WHO:            

Ben Chrisinger, city and regional planning, School of Design

Johannes Eichstaedt, psychology, School of Arts & Sciences

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Penn Medicine: Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:01

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania  has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. In their study receiving advance online publication in Molecular Psychiatry, the investigators find evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.

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Drug for Rare Blood Disorder Developed at Penn Receives Orphan Drug Status from the FDA

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:59

A Penn Medicine-developed drug has received orphan status from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, life-threatening disease that causes anemia due to destruction of red blood cells and thrombosis.

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Report to Congress: Penn Researchers Find Homelessness Is Declining

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:49
blurb:  A team of researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice contributed to the 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, which says homelessness across the U.S. continues to decline.

Homelessness across the United States continues to decline, according to a new report to Congress co-authored by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.

The 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report shows a decline in the number of homeless people in the U.S. across all groups, including women and children, veterans and the chronically homeless.

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Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:32
blurb:  A new study by Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism.

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Penn Medicine: First Atlas of Body Clock Gene Expression in Mammals Informs Timing of Drug Delivery and Emerging Field of Chronotherapy

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:04

A new effort mapping 24-hr patterns of expression for thousands of genes in 12 different mouse organs – five years in the making – provides important clues about how the role of timing may influence the way drugs work in the body.

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For Penn Student Information Technology Advisors, the Job Provides Life Lessons

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:53

Being a student IT advisor at the University of Pennsylvania is not just about helping others. It’s also a learning experience.

Along with a team of professional Penn staff, 80 student information technology advisors offer tech support to students, faculty and staff who reside in all 11 College Houses.

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Penn and Berkeley Research: Path to New Kinds of Computers With Faster-switching Ferroelectrics

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:37
blurb:  A combination of theory and experiment has shown an easy way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials in a way that makes them viable candidates for low-power computing and electronics.

Ferroelectric materials, commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more, could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn’s Celebration of Innovation Features Silfen Forum With Gutmann, Isaacson

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 17:14
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, celebrating innovation at Penn and showcasing Penn’s South Bank, a hub for innovation and new business ventures.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.

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Soccer-playing Student at Penn Scores Goals With a Global Impact

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:35
blurb:  Khadija Tarver is kicking it up a notch -- around the world and on the field as a member of the Penn Women's Soccer Club. All club games are free and open to the public.

Khadija Tarver is making an interdisciplinary impact – on the soccer field, on the environment and through improved global commerce in nations like Guatemala.

Tarver, a 20-year-old junior majoring in environmental studies in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, is now in her third year playing center back for the Penn Women’s Soccer Club.

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When a Penn Open Learning Class Ends, Continuing Education Does Not

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:27

For students in University of Pennsylvania Open Learning courses, the online education provided in the global classroom doesn’t end when the courses do.

Growing Old Around the Globe” from Penn’s School of Nursing is a shining example of the college-level continuing education that can be found in Penn’s free massive open online courses.

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NanoDay@Penn Hands Out Research and Image Awards

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:42
blurb:  The Nano/Bio Interface Center's NanoDay@Penn is a public education and outreach event and an opportunity to recognize student achievements, both in research and in creativity

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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For Penn Graduate Student Cherae McWilliams, a Field Placement Opens New Doors

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:53
blurb:  School of Social Policy & Practice student Cherae McWilliams believes in the human capacity for resilience and she's turning that belief into a career in social work.

Cherae McWilliams believes in the human capacity for resilience.

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Want to Change the World? Penn Has a Prize for That.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:03

The big banner on the ARCH on Locust Walk and the emails from President Gutmann to the senior class have gotten the message out: The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway.

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AAU Elects University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann as New Chair

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:09

The Association of American Universities today elected University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann as chair of its board of directors.  Her one-year term begins today, the final day of the association’s semiannual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Penn Researchers Untangle the Biological Effects of Blue Light

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:05

Blue light can both set the mood and set in motion important biological responses.

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