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Penn Study Shows Acupuncture Provides Significant Quality of Life Improvements for Breast Cancer Patients

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:51
blurb:  A study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published online this week in the journal Cancer, reveals acupuncture helps cut fatigue, anxiety and depression in patients using aromatase inhibitors.

Use of electroacupuncture (EA) – a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles – produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer.

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Penn Researchers Find Naltrexone May Diminish ICDs in Parkinson's Disease Patients

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:39
blurb:  A team of investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center conducted a pilot study and found that the opioid antagonist naltrexone may be an effective treatment for diminishing ICD symptoms in PD patients. The results were published in the journal Neurology.

Up to 20 percent of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and their families may confront a common but largely unrecognized challenge: the occurrence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) such as compulsive gambling, sexual behavior, eating, or spending. Yet the presence of PD in these patients can severely limit or complicate treatment options.

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Penn Physicist’s NIH Award to Advance Rapid, Graphene-based Gene Sequencing

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:29
blurb:  Marija Drndić, a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences has been awarded a two-year, $880,000 grant for a project aimed at reducing the cost and time of genome sequencing. The grant was made by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Marija Drndić, a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences has been awarded a two-year, $880,000 grant for a project aimed at reducing the cost and time of genome sequencing.

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Penn Undergrad Startup Aims to Make Finding Grants Easier

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:05
blurb:  A startup by University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Grace Truong, John Lu and Nick Liu Grant Fellow LLC., Grant Fellow’s website is an online aggregator, search engine and task manager that will streamline and simplify the grant-writing process for universities and nonprofits alike.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Penn Physicists Receive Kaufman Foundation Award to Study ‘Living Optical Devices’

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:51
blurb:  A pair of University of Pennsylvania physicists will receive one of the nine grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A pair of University of Pennsylvania physicists will receive one of the nine grants being awarded this year by the Charles E.

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Penn Astronomers Will Use Newly Funded Telescope in Hunt for Dark Energy

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:40
blurb:  After more than a decade of development and planning, the National Science Foundation has approved federal construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, of which the University of Pennsylvania is a member, will manage the $473 million construction project.

After more than a decade of development and planning, the National Science Foundation has approved federal construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, of which the University of Pennsylvania is a member, will manage the $473 million construction project.  

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Penn Student Gains Foreign Diplomacy Experience as State Department e-Intern

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:26

Erica Ma, spent her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania working in a federal government internship that didn’t require her to live in Washington, D.C., or be based in any specific part of the world. That’s because she worked remotely as an e-intern in the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service program.

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Penn Medicine: Competition Seeks Experts in Science and Machine Learning to Predict and Detect Seizures

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:14

Epilepsy affects more than 50 million people worldwide. The disorder is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can bring about seizures, changes in awareness or sensation and behavior.

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Penn Physics/Medicine Receives $2.8 Million Grant for Stroke Research

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:34

The National Institutes of Health have awarded University of Pennsylvania researchers a five-year, $2.8 million grant to further research on techniques for monitoring blood flow in the brain following strokes.

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Penn Alumnus, House Dean Chris Donovan Champions His Love of Cinema

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:19
blurb:  Chris Donovan is a Philadelphia native, a Penn alumnus and a movie buff. In addition to teaching literature and cinema at the School of Arts & Sciences, he's also the house dean at Gregory College House, where he runs its film culture program.

Back in 1992, when movie buff and native Philadelphian Chris Donovan earned his English degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he had little idea of how fortuitous the line “I’ll be back” from The Terminator would become.

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Penn Team Makes Cancer Glow to Improve Surgical Outcomes

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:22
blurb:  The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor in the patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence.

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Internship Puts Penn Student on Frontlines of Campaign to Legalize Marijuana

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:32

On June 18, Jelani Hayes, a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania boarded an early-morning bus to Albany, N.Y., with grass roots organizers from Voices of Community Activists & Leaders, VOCAL-New York, and others.

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Penn Projects Garner LEED Gold Designations, Adding to Green Campus Goals

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:32
blurb:  Two University of Pennsylvania building projects have received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council: The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition.

Two University of Pennsylvania building projects have received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council: The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition.

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Penn Robotic Soccer Team Reigns Supreme

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:43

The University of Pennsylvania’s robotic soccer team now has another world championship trophy to add to its collection.

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Moving AHEAD: Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at Penn

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:22
blurb:  Researchers from Penn's Graduate School of Education are advancing higher education and open, equitable societies around the world through the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

Seven faculty members from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania are advancing higher education and fostering open, equitable societies around the globe through the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, or AHEAD.

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Penn’s David Hewitt Helps Philadelphia Design Parks Agile Enough to Adapt

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:22
blurb:  Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is rolling out a brand new approach to managing its green spaces and the University of Pennsylvania's David Hewitt is helping them do it.

On a Wednesday afternoon in the Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center, a group gathered around a large table covered in maps and photos.

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Penn Launches German Language MOOC With ‘Auf Deutsch’

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:16

This fall, a new University of Pennsylvania open learning course will teach elementary German online. The free course will offer students a way to learn the language while widening their circle of German speaking friends and followers via social media.

Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures,” a six-week, non-credit course will launch Oct. 6.

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Garden Club Lets Nature Bloom in Penn’s Kings Court English College House

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:24
blurb:  Thanks to its Garden Club, the courtyard at Kings Court English College House is replete with fruit trees, herbs, flowers and other plantings, fishponds and plenty of shady benches and tables where students can study and relax.

When Marta Rivas-Olmeda and her husband, Jorge Santiago-Avilés, moved into their home in the University of Pennsylvania’s Kings Court English College House, the courtyard was full of concrete and weeds.

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Penn’s Dennis Culhane to Address White House Conference on Use of Integrated Data

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:00
blurb:  Dennis Culhane, a researcher at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will talk about how integrated administrative data might serve as a new way to build credible evidence that shows “what works” in funding social programs.

Dennis Culhane, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, will speak at a conference hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the

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Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed in Penn Study

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:59

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions.

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