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Penn Research Shows Relationship Critical for How Cells Ingest Matter

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:04

To survive and fulfill their biological functions, cells need to take in material from their environment. In this process, proteins within the cell pull inward on its membrane, forming a pit that eventually encapsulates the material in a bubble called a vesicle.

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Penn Trustees Approve Design for Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:58

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics has received final design approval from the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees.

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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Open Doors for Penn Students

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:07
blurb:  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

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December Penn Grad Forges U.S./Middle East Dialogue Via Dorm Room Diplomacy

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:58

A deal he struck with his parents has enabled recent University of Pennsylvania grad Zachary Levine to pursue his passion for conducting international relations on the Internet. Levine has spent the last three years as president of Dorm Room Diplomacy, a nonprofit that uses online videoconferences to foster mutual understanding between students in the West and Middle East.

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Life at Higher Elevation Linked to Lower Incidence of Lung Cancer, Penn Study Suggests

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:45

Here’s another potential reason to live up in the mountains. Lung cancer rates in both smokers and non-smokers are lower in higher-elevation counties in the western part of the United States, suggesting that oxygen may promote the incidence of lung cancer, according to a new study co-authored by a student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Medicine Study: Endobronchial Forceps Effective in Retrieval of Tip-Embedded Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:43

When retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters were approved for use in the United States in 2003 to prevent pulmonary embolism among patients unable to receive the standard blood thinner treatment, many experts anticipated most of them would be removed when no longer needed and IVC filter complications would decrease.

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A Baby Tooth Guided Penn Dental Medicine’s Songtao Shi to Stem Cell Insights

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:33

One of the keys to Songtao Shi’s productive career in research came from a seemingly humble item: his daughter’s first baby tooth.

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Rosario Dawson Headlines MLK Lecture in Social Justice at Penn Jan. 20

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:49

On Jan. 20, the Center for Africana Studies presents the 14th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice.

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Acclaimed Photographer Paul Strand at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 16:59
blurb:  From Jan. 31-March 29, Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery will host Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio. The Gallery is free and open to the public.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio, a traveling exhibition organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries. It opens to the public on January 31, 2015.

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Penn Presents Symposium on Social Change Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 15:03
blurb:  Now in its 20th year, Penn remembers MLK with the annual Day of Service activities on Jan. 19 and a series of 20 community events that run through Jan. 30. All events are free and open to the public.

The University of Pennsylvania will remember Martin Luther King Jr. with its 20th Annual Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, a series of nearly 20 community events, Jan. 19-30.

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Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:10

One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance.      

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Eight Professors Appointed Penn Fellows

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:37

Eight faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Penn Fellows. The announcement was made today by Penn Provost Vincent Price and Anita Allen, vice provost for faculty.

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Penn Medicine Study: Web-based TAVR Marketing Found to Overstate Benefits, Understate Risks

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:25

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, has been called one of the biggest advances in cardiac surgery in recent years. The procedure delivers a new, collapsible aortic valve through a catheter to the valve site within the heart - a repair that otherwise requires open heart surgery. 

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Patch or Pills? How Quickly Smokers Metabolize Nicotine May Point to Most Effective Way to Quit, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:09

Nearly 70 percent of smokers who try to quit relapse within one week – daunting odds for people trying to kick the habit. Researchers have long theorized that some individuals may be genetically programmed to have an easier time than others, but with few clues about why, experts have been unable to guide smokers looking to quit toward a strategy – the nicotine patch versus prescription pills, for instance – with the best chance of success.

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Penn Study: Overly Conservative FDA Label Likely Prevents Use of Metformin in Many Type 2 Diabetics

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:06

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Wearable Tracking Devices Alone Won't Drive Health Behavior Change, According to Penn Researchers

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:01

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most, according to a new online-first viewpoint piece in JAMA.

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Penn Announces 2015 Kelly Writers House Fellows

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:16

The University of Pennsylvania will host three celebrated writers as Kelly Writers House Fellows during the 2015 spring semester: poet Anne Waldman, editor and author Dorothy Allison and playwright and novelist Jessica Hagedorn.

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Predicting Heart Disease With Twitter’

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:04

WHO:             Johannes Eichstaedt 

                      Graduate student, Department of Psychology

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Penn Engineers Put Their Skills and Teamwork to the Test in a Robotic Hockey Tournament

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:24
blurb:  As a final exam, students in Engineering’s Design of Mechatronic Systems course devised and built teams of hockey-playing robots in the sixth annual Robockey Cup.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

While final exams can be solemn affairs, finals for the Design of Mechatronic Systems course at the University of Pennsylvania couldn’t be livelier.

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Penn Among Colleges and Universities Selected by Carnegie for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:31

The University of Pennsylvania is among 240 institutions in the United States selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

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