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Penn Wharton China Center Partners With Philadelphia Orchestra on 2016 Asia Tour

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:50

The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Wharton China Center is partnering with The Philadelphia Orchestra on its 2016 Tour of Asia & China Residency May 19 – June 5.

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Penn Study Finds Well Being Necessary Part of Public Policy Agenda

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 14:24
blurb:  Using decades of gross domestic product and human thriving data, Arts & Sciences’ Alejandro Adler and Martin Seligman show that well being can and should be key to public policy.

“Well being can and should drive public policy, from the most local to the most international levels.”

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Penn Researchers: Colleges and Universities Are Crucial to Their Communities

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:05
blurb:  The Netter Center's Ira Harkavy and GSE's Matthew Hartley are sharing Penn's commitment to civic engagement with higher education leaders around the world.

The University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to civic engagement is a model example that’s now being shared with higher education leaders around the world. 

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Penn Vet Research Suggests a Way to Identify Animals at Risk of Blood Clots

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:04
blurb:  With new findings from a retrospective study, a team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has found that a common diagnostic tool often used to identify patients at risk of bleeding may also be used to identify those predisposed to clot excessively.

Patients who are critically ill, be they dog, cat or human, have a tendency toward blood clotting disorders. When the formation of a clot takes too long, it puts them at risk of uncontrolled bleeding. But the other extreme is also dangerous; if blood clots too readily and a clot travels to the lungs, brain or heart, it can lead to organ failure or even death.

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Three Penn Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:47

Marsha Lester, Andrea Liu and Amita Sehgal of the University of Pennsylvania have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, conside

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Penn Rising Senior Works to Prevent Substance Abuse Through Leadership Training

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:15
blurb:  By guiding high schoolers through a leadership training program he created, University of Pennsylvania rising senior Theodore Caputi of Upper Makefield, Pa., is tackling teenage substance abuse.

When University of Pennsylvania rising senior Theodore Caputi says he wants to become a health economist, his mentor and former Penn professor Thomas McLellan has no doubt Caputi will succeed.

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Penn IUR Research Finds Borrowing Constraints Driving Homeownership Declines

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 16:36
blurb:  A new brief just released by the Penn Institute for Urban Research finds that due to current borrowing constraints, many households are renting out of financial necessity rather than by choice.

A new brief just released by the Penn Institute for Urban Research finds that due to current borrowing constraints, many households are renting out of financial necessity rather than by choice. Further, the report finds that these constraints are underlying declining home ownership rates and instability in the housing market.

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Penn Arts and Sciences Launches Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:27

Penn Arts and Sciences has announced the creation of the Vagelos Institute of Energy Science and Technology.

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Penn Graduate Student Selected as a St. Gallen ‘Leader of Tomorrow’

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 14:26

Leaders of nations, businesses and academia gathered in a corner of Switzerland to meet promising young graduate students and foster dialogue on critical economic and political issues.

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Two From Penn Named Pulitzer Center Student Fellows

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 12:30

Natalie Au and Rachel Townzen of the University of Pennsylvania have received International Student Reporting Fellowships from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in partnership with Penn’s Middle East Center and South Asia Center.

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Penn Launches Online Courses for English Language Learners This Summer

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:54
blurb:  Penn is offering five free, open online courses to English language learners around the globe, including those with limited internet connectivity and those logging in through mobile devices.

Through modern technology, the University of Pennsylvania brings the idea of “summer school” to a new level, by offering open online courses to English-language learners around the globe. 

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Innovation Prize Goes to Two Penn Seniors for Device That Continuously Tracks Body Temperature

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:50
blurb:  Aaron Goldstein and William Duckworth developed Fever Smart, a digital thermometer that is applied like a Band-Aid under a patient’s arm and wirelessly feeds temperature to a smartphone.

This is the second of two features introducing the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 President’s Innovation Prize winners.

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Penn Joins in $40 Million Grant to Establish Simons Observatory

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 13:47

The Simons Foundation has awarded a $38.4 million grant to establish the Simons Observatory, a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert that will merge and expand existing efforts to explore the evolution of the universe from its earliest moments to today.

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Omega-3 Lowers Childhood Aggression in Short Term, Penn Research Shows

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:10
blurb:  Consuming omega-3 initially improves a child’s aggressive behavior, according to PIK Professor Adrian Raine and Nursing’s Therese Richmond, but the effects eventually vanish.

Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers who published their findings in the Journal of

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Music Connects Penn Students and West Philadelphia School Children

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 17:48

Through the power of music, some University of Pennsylvania students are bonding with, teaching and learning lessons from West Philadelphia elementary and high school students.

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Two Penn Seniors to Aid Parkinson’s Patients With Innovative Motion-tracking Device

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:43
blurb:  A rough estimate of the amount of steps taken in a day might be enough for the average fitness tracker or smartwatch user, but, for people with movement disorders, more fine-grained data could be life changing. Penn seniors Alfredo Muniz and Sade Oba aim to make that vision a reality.

This is the first of two features introducing the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 President’s Innovation Prize winners.

A rough estimate of the amount of steps taken in a day might be enough for the average fitness tracker or smartwatch user, but, for people with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, more fine-grained data could be life changing.

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Penn Global Seminar Readings and Study Abroad Transport Students to Paris

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:20
blurb:  In the second of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, two professors share how they crossed schools and disciplines to co-teach a course with an embedded short study-abroad trip to Paris.

(In the second of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, two professors share how they crossed schools and disciplines to co-teach a course with an embedded short study-abroad trip to Paris.)

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Fossil Dog Represents a New Species, Penn Paleontology Grad Student Finds

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:20

A doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new species of fossil dog. The specimen, found in Maryland, would have roamed the coast of eastern North America approximately 12 million years ago, at a time when massive sharks like megalodon swam in the oceans.

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The Journey Is the Destination in Penn Global Seminar

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:06
blurb:  In the first of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, undergraduates share what they learned traveling to Morocco and Zanzibar as part of the study-abroad component of one of the seminar courses.

(In the first of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, undergraduates share what they learned traveling to Morocco and Zanzibar as part of the study-abroad component of one of the seminar courses.)

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