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Freshman Seminar Explores Penn’s Contributions to Middle Eastern Studies

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:13

For students in a University of Pennsylvania freshman seminar on the evolution of Penn’s engagement in the study of the Middle East, research involved historic objects and materials close at hand. That's because Penn has a long historical connection to the region.

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Penn Announces New Testing Requirements for Applicants

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:01

Beginning with the 2015-2016 admissions cycle, the University of Pennsylvania will require all freshman applicants to submit the results of either the SAT or the ACT college entrance exams. In addition, Penn will recommend that each student submit the results of two SAT Subject Tests. 

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Penn Education Prof Promotes Ideas on International Development

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:42
blurb:  Daniel Wagner from Penn's Graduate School of Education has crisscrossed the globe, exchanging ideas on educational development and sustainability.

Daniel Wagner has crisscrossed the globe, exchanging ideas on educational development and sustainability.

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Penn Medicine: Cell Aging Slowed by Putting Brakes on Noisy Transcription

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:32

Working with yeast and worms, researchers found that incorrect gene expression is a hallmark of aged cells and that reducing such “noise” extends lifespan in these organisms. The team published their findings this month in Genes & Development.

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Penn Study Questions Presence in Blood of Heart-Healthy Molecules from Fish Oil Supplements

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:30

The importance of a diet rich in fish oils – now a billion dollar food-supplement industry -- has been debated for over half a century. A few large clinical trials have supported the idea that fish oils confer therapeutic benefits to patients with cardiovascular disease. Researchers think that hearts and blood vessels may benefit in part from their anti-inflammatory properties.

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Penn Bioethicists Call for End to "Pay-to-Play" Clinical Research

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:28

Charging people to participate in research studies is likely to undermine the fundamental ethical basis of clinical research, according to a new paper written by bioethicists, including lead author Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, chair of the department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medi

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Sleepy Fruitflies Get Mellow: Sleep Deprivation Reduces Aggression, Mating Behavior in Flies, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:26

Whether you're a human, a mouse, or even a fruitfly, losing sleep is a bad thing, leading to physiological effects and behavioral changes. One example that has been studied for many years is a link between sleep loss and aggression. But it can be difficult to distinguish sleep loss effects from stress responses, especially in rodent or human models.

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Penn Scientists Find That Flow Means "Go" for Proper Lymph System Development

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:24

The lymphatic system provides a slow flow of fluid from our organs and tissues into the bloodstream. It returns fluid and proteins that leak from blood vessels, provides passage for immune and inflammatory cells from the tissues to the blood, and hosts key niches for immune cells. How this system develops hasn’t been well understood, but now researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found from experiments in mice that the early flow of lymph fluid is a critical factor in the development of mature lymphatic vessels.

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Penn Study Finds Link between Physician Training and Brand Name Prescribing

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:20

Physicians in training are twice as likely to order a costly brand-name statin (used to lower blood cholesterol levels) when supervised by senior physicians who prefer those medications in their own practice, according to a new study led by researchers at the

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Student Moves Swiftly Through Pipeline for Promise Program All the Way to Penn

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:06
blurb:  Through a Pipeline for Promise, Abdul-Hakim Muhammad As-Salafee has traveled a non-traditional path from working in the Philadelphia Prison System to Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

Abdul-Hakim Muhammad As-Salafee has traveled a non-traditional path from working in the Philadelphia Prison System to the University of Pennsylvania

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Penn Vet Study Shows Immune Cells in the Skin Remember and Defend Against Parasites

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:35
blurb:  Now, research led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine shows that resident memory T cells form in response to parasite infection. The new study found that, after infection with the parasitic disease leishmaniasis, a population of T cells with a memory for the parasite remained in the skin.

Just as the brain forms memories of familiar faces, the immune system remembers pathogens it has encountered in the past. T cells with these memories circulate in the blood stream looking for sites of new infection.

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Three Penn Undergraduate Summer Associates Help to Affect Effective Philanthropy

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:49
blurb:  As summer associates with the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, Lisa Shmulyan, Bobby Lundquist and Amber Hu are using data, research and social media to help donors make the greatest difference in the lives of others.

This summer, three undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania are studying the best ways to research and promote effective charitable giving. 

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Penn Hosts New Forerunner International Student Pre-orientation Program in China

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 09:14

This summer for the first time, the University of Pennsylvania launched an international student pre-orientation program in China for new students from China.

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Recent Penn Alum Finds His Calling to Help Others

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:08

What began as preparations for a class service trip to China has turned into a possible career path for Nikhil Rajapuram, a May graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Researchers Discover New Chiral Property of Silicon, With Photonic Applications

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:16

By encoding information in photons via their spin, “photonic” computers could be orders of magnitude faster and efficient than their current-day counterparts. Likewise, encoding information in the spin of electrons, rather than just their quantity, could make “spintronic” computers with similar advantages.   

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School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn Explores Opportunities in Botswana

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:21
blurb:  Erica Zaveloff and Jerri Bourjolly from the School of Social Policy & Practice traveled to Botswana to explore potential areas of collaboration, based on the nation's most pressing social policy issues.

The School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania may become another element in the Botswana-UPenn Partnership

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Penn GSE Student Helps Guide Language-transition Curriculum in Tajikistan

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 12:34
blurb:  During her summer internship, Shruti Bhat, a student in the International Educational Development Program, is along the northeastern border of Afghanistan, establishing a new early childhood education curriculum.

Shruti Bhat, a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, is spending the summer along the northeastern border of Afghanistan, helping to establish an educational curriculum for early childhood learners who need to make the transition from one language to another. 

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Two Penn Undergraduates Study ‘Crimes That Changed Our World’

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:20
blurb:  Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, Aaron Wolff from Great Neck, N.Y. and Taryn MacKinney of Fort Collins, Colo. are studying sensational crimes that have shaped the justice system.

This summer, two undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania are examining crimes throughout history and how those events resulted in controversial legislative changes. 

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Elective Surgery Is Associated with Lower Risk of Death than Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:18

Patients over 50 with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon, who undergo surgery to treat their condition live longer than those who are treated with medications, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Fruitfly Sperm Cells Reveal Intricate Coordination in Stem Cell Replication, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:16

Stem cells are key for the continual renewal of tissues in our bodies. As such, manipulating stem cells also holds much promise for biomedicine if their regenerative capacity can be harnessed. However, understanding how stem cells govern normal tissue renewal is a field still in its infancy.

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