Syndicate content
Updated: 18 hours 14 min ago

Serendipitous Path Opens Doors to an Education at Penn

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:41

Jason Morgan held a variety of jobs through his 30s, but it was a job lay-off during the economic downturn that led him to the University of Pennsylvania

In 2009, Morgan lost his job as a wedding photographer but soon found a job as a clerk at a restaurant on the Penn campus.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn’s Pipeline for Promise Program Hosts Closing Ceremonies

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 17:34

WHO & WHAT:         

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice will host the closing ceremonies for students completing its Pipeline for Promise program, which offers underserved students from local community colleges a free course during the summer months.  

read more

Categories: University News

In Social Networks, Group Boundaries Promote the Spread of Ideas, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:26
blurb:  In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for the ideas that will spread across them.

Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from? 

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Grad’s Thesis Work With German Youth Leads to Anti-hate Campaign

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:37

Doing doctoral research in a ninth grade music classroom in Hamburg, Germany, set Emily Joy Rothchild on a path to work with students on a recently released CD and music video that tackles the tough topics of terrorism, Islamophobia and hate.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn’s Ghaffar-Kucher Guides GSE’s International Internship Program

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:35
blurb:  Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher is a matchmaker of sorts, pairing students in GSE's International Educational Development Program with internships at agencies that share a commitment to educational equity and serving disenfranchised communities around the world.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher is a matchmaker of sorts.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Receives African-American Chamber of Commerce 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:51

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware honored the University of Pennsylvania with its 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of Penn's commitment to diversity and inclusion with minorities, women and local businesses through its Economic Inclusion Program.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Medicine Study Finds Participation in Research Studies Not Detrimental to Preterm Infants

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:07

Premature babies who are enrolled in clinical trials for therapies to treat and prevent complications from preterm birth are no more likely to die or experience poor outcomes than babies who are not trial participants, according to a retrospective analysis of more than 5,000 babies born before 29 weeks of gestation.

read more

Categories: University News

Protein "Comet Tails" Propel Cell Recycling Process, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:57

Several well-known neurodegenerative diseases, such as Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's disease, all result in part from a defect in autophagy – one way a cell removes and recycles misfolded proteins and pathogens.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Author Calls for Better Primary Care for Medicaid Patients to Curb Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:56

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED v

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Medicine's Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:54

Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and chief of the division of Occupational Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the 2015 Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education or Researcher from the American College of Occupational an

read more

Categories: University News

Young Adults Find Health Insurance Enrollment on HealthCare.gov Challenging, According to Penn Study

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:36

When trying to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov during the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, young adults were confused by unfamiliar health insurance terms, concerned about the affordability of plan options, and unsure how to seek good primary care.

read more

Categories: University News

PennDesign's Barnett Argues for Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs in New Book

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:34

As the global population grows and more people move to cities and suburbs, they place greater stress on the operating system of our planet.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Research Simplifies Recycling of Rare-earth Magnets

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:43

Despite their ubiquity in consumer electronics, rare-earth metals are, as their name suggests, hard to come by. Mining and purifying them is an expensive, labor-intensive and ecologically devastating process.

read more

Categories: University News

Michael Platt Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:00

Michael Platt has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 16th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, effective July 1.  

read more

Categories: University News

Sindhuri Nandhakumar Awarded Penn’s Sobti Family Fellowship

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:34

The Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Penn alumna Sindhuri Nandhakumar is the recipient of the 2015-16 Sobti Family Fellowship.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Researchers Develop a New Type of Gecko-like Gripper

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:22

Picking things up and putting them down is a mainstay of any kind of manufacturing, but fingers, human or robotic, are not always best for the task at hand.    

read more

Categories: University News

Penn’s Liliane Weissberg Named 2015-16 USC Shoah Foundation Teaching Fellow

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:52

Liliane Weissberg, a professor of German comparative literature in the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the USC Shoah Foundation 2015-16 Rutman Teaching Fellowship.

The award is offered annually by the Spielberg Foundation to a Penn faculty member to teach about the Holocaust.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn: Mom’s Stress Alters Babies’ Gut and Brain through Vaginal Microbiome

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:10

Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Vet Research Confirms a More Accurate Method for Blood Glucose Testing

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:10
blurb:  While glucometers have the advantage of being fast and requiring only a small drop of blood, they are not as accurate as some other methods of measuring blood glucose. In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have found a way of obtaining more accurate measurements from glucometers: by using blood plasma or serum rather than whole blood.

For diabetics, a quick prick of the finger can give information about their blood glucose levels, guiding them in whether to have a snack or inject a dose of insulin. Point-of-care glucose meters, or glucometers, are also used in the veterinary world to monitor cats and dogs with diabetes or pets hospitalized for other reasons.

read more

Categories: University News