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Research From Penn and UCSB Shows How Giant Clams Harness the Sun

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:01
blurb:  Researchers have now shown how giant clams use iridescent structures to thrive, operating as exceedingly efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as a source of food. This understanding could have implications for alternative energy research.

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

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Penn Researchers Explain How Ends of Chromosomes Are Maintained for Cancer Cell Immortality

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:06

Maintaining the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres, is a requisite feature of cells that are able to continuously divide and also a hallmark of human cancer.

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La Casa Latina at Penn Marks 15th Anniversary

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:19

For some University of Pennsylvania students, La Casa Latina is the next best thing to being at home with their families.

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Penn Professor Daniel Gillion Receives APSA Best Book Award

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:30

Daniel Gillion, University of Pennsylvania assistant professor of political science, has won the American Political Science Association Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section’s 2014 Best Book Award for The Political Power of Protest: Minority Activism and Shifts in Public Policy.

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Penn-led Study Ties Aging to Oxidative Damage in Mitochondria

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 16:06
blurb:  In a new study, University of Pennsylvania scientists used innovative techniques to find evidence that oxidative damage in mitochondria — the small compartments in cells that convert food to energy — may play a role in the aging process.

As long as humans have been alive, they’ve been seeking ways to extend life just a little longer. So far no one has found the fountain of youth, but researchers have begun to understand how humans age, little by little, offering hope for therapies that may blunt the effects of time on the body.

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Goal of Penn Student’s Threads for Teens: Build Girls’ Self-Esteem and Style

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:41

Allyson Ahlstrom has won many accolades, appeared on national TV shows and met dozens of celebrities as founder of Threads for Teens, a non-profit organization that gives new, donated clothes to impoverished teens.

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Increased Knowledge of HPV Vaccines Does Not Predict a Higher Rate of Vaccination, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:15

“Knowledge is power” is an old saying. Another cliché warns, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” When it comes to getting inoculated against the Human Papilloavirus (HPV), it seems that neither saying is true.

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Elvis Is in the House – Penn’s Harrison College House

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:30

As the dean of Harrison College House at the University of Pennsylvania, Frank Pellicone is well known, but it’s his dog, Elvis, who is the big star in the building.

“He’s a bit of a character and people come to look for him,” says Pellicone.

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Penn Chemists Observe Key Reaction for Producing ‘Atmosphere’s Detergent’

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:12
blurb:  Understanding exactly how this reaction proceeds is critical for predicting how the atmosphere will respond to environmental changes, but it occurs so quickly that all of the molecules involved haven’t been measured in the wild.

Earth’s atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical output of plants, animals and human industry rise into the air and pair off in sequences of chemical reactions. Such processes help maintain the atmosphere’s chemical balance; for example, some break down pollutants emitted from the burning of fossil fuels.

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Student at Penn GSE Cruises From Coast Guard Officer to High School Teacher

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:16
blurb:  "O Captain! My Captain!" One well-known movie inspired Carl McLaughlin to become a teacher. But, first, he spent some time as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Robin Williams’ performance in “Dead Poets Society” inspired Carl McLaughlin to become a teacher.

Now a student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, the 27-year-old from Northeast Philadelphia is on his way to inspiring the next generation.

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As a Citation Laureate, Penn Physicist Charles Kane Contender for Nobel Prize

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:10

Charles Kane, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania ’s School of Arts & Sciences, is one of this year’s Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates.

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GSWS and Alice Paul Center at Penn Announce New Director

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:46
blurb:  The University of Pennsylvania’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program and Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women have appointed a new director, Nancy J. Hirschmann. She succeeds Christine Poggi, professor of history of art who led the program from 2011 to 2014.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program and Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women have appointed a new director, Nancy J.

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Penn Researchers Describe New Cancer Drug Target Involving Lipid Chemical Messengers

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:30

More than half of human cancers have abnormally upregulated chemical signals related to lipid metabolism, yet how these signals are controlled during tumor formation is not fully understood.

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Penn Celebrates National Voter Registration Day

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:23

The University of Pennsylvania will participate in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Penn joins more than 1,000 organizations across the country in this one-day coordinated initiative to increase voter registration and voter education.

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Penn Study: Exercise Boosts Tumor-fighting Ability of Chemotherapy

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:07

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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Penn Medicine and Wistar Receive $12 Million NCI Melanoma Grant to Help Fast Track Lab Discoveries into Treatments

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:24

Penn Medicine and The Wistar Institute have been awarded a prestigious $12.1 million SPORE grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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Penn Muscle Institute Biologists Receive $9 Million to Research Cellular Motors

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:19

Researchers in the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute (PMI), based at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have received $9 million over the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate the biology of cellular motors.

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Penn Senior Kimberly Kolor’s Journey to Study Life and Religion in South Asia

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:21

While studying abroad in India, University of Pennsylvania senior Kimberly Kolor found even the smallest excursion became a learning experience.

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Morris Arboretum's Ann Fowler Rhoads Honored With 2014 Meigs Award

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:34
blurb:  On Saturday, September 27, at the inaugural University of Nature conference, the Schuylkill Center will present its highest honor, the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award, to botanist Ann Fowler Rhoads, one of the region’s most distinguished scientists.

On Saturday, September 27, at the inaugural University of Nature conference, the Schuylkill Center will present its highest honor, the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award, to botanist Ann Fowler Rhoads, one of the region’s most distinguished scientists.

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Penn Engineer Danielle Bassett Receives 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:56
blurb:  Bassett will receive a five-year, $625,000, no-strings-attached grant. She is being recognized for her research that uses network science to better understand on how the brain can learn and adapt.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday that the University of Pennsylvania’s Danielle S. Bassett has been selected as a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.

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