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Through New Open Labs Program, Penn Grad Students Share Experiences, Science

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 13:19
blurb:  Through the new Open Labs Science Café at the University of Pennsylvania, grad students like Jordyn Feingold of Arts & Sciences and Engineering’s Boyang Qin present to and mentor high school students.

Boyang Qin, a third-year Ph.D. student, stands on stage in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall in front of 50 high school students and parents.

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Cooperation Emerges When Groups Are Small and Memories Are Long, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 12:56
blurb:  In a new paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, University of Pennsylvania researchers use game theory to demonstrate the complex set of traits that can promote the evolution of cooperation. Their analysis showed that smaller groups in which actors had longer memories of their fellow group members’ actions were more likely to evolve cooperative strategies.

The tragedy of the commons, a concept described by ecologist Garrett Hardin, paints a grim view of human nature. The theory goes that, if a resource is shared, individuals will act in their own self-interest, but against the interest of the group, by depleting that resource. 

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Alisha Chowdhury Is Among ‘Girls Who Invest’ at Penn

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:41
blurb:  A rising junior who is pursuing a double major in political science and economics, Alisha Chowdhury is participating in a summer program that inspires young women to become tomorrow's investors.

With the hopes that their children would receive a better education, the parents of University of Pennsylvania student Alisha Chowdhury left Bangladesh the year before she was born and settled in New Orleans. 

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Hannah Fagin Credits Grandmother and Opportunities at Penn for Career Choice

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:19
blurb:  The rising senior is now on her third museum internship and plans to pursue a career in which she can interact with museum visitors and work with art.

Even before coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Hannah Fagin knew she wanted to study the humanities, but she knew she had found her major after her first history course at Penn, “History of the American South.” 

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Penn Study: People More Likely to Defer Making Decisions the Longer They Wait

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 13:57
blurb:  What’s behind our decisions? A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Sudeep Bhatia finds the longer people contemplate a choice the more likely they’ll never make one.

Would you rather eat an apple or a banana? Read Moby Dick or A Tale of Two Cities? Is a cup or a mug holding that coffee?

How quickly the decision gets made matters. That’s because the longer someone takes to draw a conclusion, the more likely that person will disengage from the process altogether and simply never decide.

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Researcher at Penn Looks at Healthy Changes Through a Political Lens

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:26
blurb:  In his new book, Daniel Gillion examines how politicians, by being “race-neutral,” unknowingly contribute to the persistent racial inequality that impacts issues from health to unemployment.

Politicians’ race-conscious speeches have broad, and sometimes unexpected, consequences, according to a new book from Daniel Gillion of the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Two University of Pennsylvania Students Win Critical Language Scholarships

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:04

Two students from the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Blackey and William Dossett, have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships. They are among approximately 560 U.S. undergraduate and graduate student CLS scholarship recipients this year.

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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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