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The Women in Science Program at Penn Offers Cross-generational Wisdom

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:40
blurb:  Ware College House’s Women in Science program, founded by Medicine’s Helen Davies, offers support and inspiration for budding scientists, both female and male.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Brain Activity after Smokers Quit Predicts Chances of Relapsing, Penn Medicine Study Suggests

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:07

Quitting smoking sets off a series of changes in the brain that Penn Medicine researchers say may better identify smokers who will start smoking again—a prediction that goes above and beyond today’s clinical or behavioral tools for assessing relapse risk.

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People with Mental Illness More Likely To Be Tested for HIV, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:05

People with mental illness are more likely to have been tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a 

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Penn Alexander School/GSE Partnership Celebrates Academic Achievement

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:59
blurb:  When the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Education Dept. released its ratings this year, it was no surprise that the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School ranked as the top K-8 school.

The University of Pennsylvania is known for its academic excellence.

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Researchers at Penn Explore Impact of Race, Poverty and Change in America

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:47
blurb:  “Race, Poverty and Change in America” brings together experts to explore America's pursuit of civil and equal rights in the midst of unemployment, high levels of incarceration, low-quality education and neighborhood blight.

The University of Pennsylvania will host “Race, Poverty and Change in America: The Persistent Dilemmas of Equity and Equality” Dec. 4-5 in the Fitts Auditorium of Penn’s Law School, 3400 Chestnut St.

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Penn Researcher Finds Summer Jobs Decrease Youth Violence and Crime

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:02
blurb:  Providing disadvantaged urban adolescents with summer jobs decreases youth violence, according to a new study from Sara Heller, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn's School of Arts & Sciences.

Arrests for violence committed by disadvantaged urban adolescents decrease by as much as 43 percent when the young people have summer jobs, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Wharton China Center Opening Events in 2015

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:01
blurb:  We are pleased to invite the University community to join us in celebrating the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing -- the natural next step in the University’s longstanding engagement with China and East Asia.

A Message from 

Amy Gutmann, President
Vincent Price, Provost
Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School

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Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:36
blurb:  A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay.   

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Penn Research Suggests That Men Have Accurate Perception of Women’s Sexual Interest, Overconfidence Is Not Adaptive

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:20
blurb:  A new study shows men are generally accurate when estimating a woman’s interest in sex, contradicting earlier theories that suggested overconfidence was preferable.

Overconfidence sounds like an inherently bad trait to have, but when it comes to natural selection, some evolutionary psychologists have suggested it could be advantageous in finding a mate.

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Penn Study Points to New Therapeutic Strategy in Chronic Kidney Disease

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:04

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects at least one in four Americans who are older than 60 and can significantly shorten lifespan. Yet the few available drugs for CKD can only modestly delay the disease’s progress towards kidney failure.

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Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts’ Brain Function

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:55

Space is one of the most demanding and unforgiving environments. Human exploration of space requires astronauts to maintain consistently high levels of cognitive performance to ensure mission safety and success, and prevent potential errors and accidents.

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Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:44

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spe

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Penn Researchers Unwind the Mysteries of the Cellular Clock

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:42

Human existence is basically circadian. Most of us wake in the morning, sleep in the evening, and eat in between. Body temperature, metabolism, and hormone levels all fluctuate throughout the day, and it is increasingly clear that disruption of those cycles can lead to metabolic disease.

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Penn Team Wins the 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:11

A team from the University of Pennsylvania has been named the winner of the fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition hosted by the City of Philadelphia. The winning team, Elizabeth Farwell and Alounso Gilzene, are both students in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

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Penn Team’s Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation’s Collapse

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:02
blurb:  With a new analysis of the Prisoner’s Dilemma played in a large, evolving population, University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that adding more flexibility to the game can allow selfish strategies to be more successful. The work paints a dimmer but likely more realistic view of how cooperation and selfishness balance one another in nature.

Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B.

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‘Bumming Cigarettes’ at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery for World AIDS Day

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:15
blurb:  In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Arthur Ross Gallery presents “Bumming Cigarettes,” Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. The film screening is free and open to the public.

In recognition of World AIDS Day, a Day With(out) Art, the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery will present “Bumming Cigarettes,” Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. 

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Botswana Internship Inspires Penn Senior to Start a Happiness Blog

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:45

University of Pennsylvania senior Callan Parra chronicles the stories of people she’s met who’ve triumphed over adversities and offers insights on coping with stress and finding life’s “perfect moments” in a new blog called “Happy for Happyness.”

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Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:12
blurb:  Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create the unusual properties of metamaterials is a challenge but new research, borrowing concepts from binary computing, presents a way of simplifying things.

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices.

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Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:59
blurb:  A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

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Penn Senior, a Future Doctor, Looks to Medicine’s Past for Insights

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:10
blurb:  Through the lens of architecture, senior Ellen Kim, of Lexington, Mass., a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, is exploring the history of 19th century medicine in the United States.

By Christina Cook

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