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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Friendship and Your Brain’

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 15:26

WHO: Michael Platt
Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor
James S. Riepe University Professor of Neuroscience
Perelman School of Medicine

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Penn Computer Scientists Join NSF ‘DeepSpec’ Expedition to Eliminate Software Bugs

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 16:15
blurb:  One of the National Science Foundation’s flagship research initiatives, DeepSpec aims to develop a better, more comprehensive way of approaching software design that will help eliminate bugs and vulnerabilities before they endanger users or become targets for hackers.

The transformative power of computer software is everywhere, from the smartphone apps that connect the world to the laptop programs that simplify daily tasks at work and home to the software hidden inside physical objects like automobiles and pacemakers that is crucial for their safe operation.

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Penn Computer Scientists Join NSF ‘DeepSpec’ Expedition to Eliminate Software Bugs

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 16:15
blurb:  One of the National Science Foundation’s flagship research initiatives, DeepSpec aims to develop a better, more comprehensive way of approaching software design that will help eliminate bugs and vulnerabilities before they endanger users or become targets for hackers.

The transformative power of computer software is everywhere, from the smartphone apps that connect the world to the laptop programs that simplify daily tasks at work and home to the software hidden inside physical objects like automobiles and pacemakers that is crucial for their safe operation.

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Penn Libraries to Host Regional Collections of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:06

The Penn Libraries is proud to announce their role as online host and one of the leaders in a partnership that will create the country’s largest regional collection of digitized medieval manuscripts.

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Penn Libraries to Host Regional Collections of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:06

The Penn Libraries is proud to announce their role as online host and one of the leaders in a partnership that will create the country’s largest regional collection of digitized medieval manuscripts.

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Penn President’s Engagement Prize Launches Effort to Empower Ghanaian Girls

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:30

The University of Pennsylvania President’s Engagement Prize gave Penn graduate Shadrack Frimpong the opportunity to fulfill a dream he had been imagining for years: opening a clinic and school for girls in his

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Penn President’s Engagement Prize Launches Effort to Empower Ghanaian Girls

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:30

The University of Pennsylvania President’s Engagement Prize gave Penn graduate Shadrack Frimpong the opportunity to fulfill a dream he had been imagining for years: opening a clinic and school for girls in his

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Penn Professor Robert Ghrist Brings Complicated Math to the Masses

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 14:54
blurb:  PIK Professor Robert Ghrist of Arts & Sciences and Engineering brings the complex field of algebraic topology to a level nearly anyone can understand.

It’s not easy to make confusing mathematics topics understandable, let alone interesting, to non-mathematicians, but University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Ghrist has figured out the formula.

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Penn Professor Robert Ghrist Brings Complicated Math to the Masses

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 14:54
blurb:  PIK Professor Robert Ghrist of Arts & Sciences and Engineering brings the complex field of algebraic topology to a level nearly anyone can understand.

It’s not easy to make confusing mathematics topics understandable, let alone interesting, to non-mathematicians, but University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Ghrist has figured out the formula.

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Penn Professor Deborah Thomas Named Editor-in-Chief of ‘American Anthropologist’

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 14:06
blurb:  Deborah Thomas of Arts & Sciences was appointed editor-in-chief of the prestigious American Anthropologist for her innovative thoughts on how to advance the journal.

Deborah Thomas, an anthropology professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, has been named editor-in-chief of the American Anthropological Association’s flagship journal,

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Penn Professor Deborah Thomas Named Editor-in-Chief of ‘American Anthropologist’

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 14:06
blurb:  Deborah Thomas of Arts & Sciences was appointed editor-in-chief of the prestigious American Anthropologist for her innovative thoughts on how to advance the journal.

Deborah Thomas, an anthropology professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, has been named editor-in-chief of the American Anthropological Association’s flagship journal,

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Penn's Anil K. Rustgi Receives American Cancer Society's Research Professor Award

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:48

Anil K. Rustgi, MD, chief of Gastroenterology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is once again the recipient of a prestigious Research Professor Award from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

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Penn’s Grossman Receives Special Recognition Award for Dedication to the Disability Community

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:39
blurb:  Murray Grossman, MD, EdD, a professor of Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and director of Penn’s Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) Center, recently received the Legal Clinic for the Disabled's Special Recognition Award.

Murray Grossman, MD, EdD, a professor of Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and director of Penn’s Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) Center, recently received the Legal Clinic

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Anti-inflammatory Drug and Gut Bacteria Have a Dynamic Interplay, According to Penn Animal Study

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 10:03
blurb:  Interaction may contribute to adverse effects and lessened effectiveness of one type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication and other drugs.

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) changed the composition and diversity of gut microbes, which in turn shaped how the drug is broken down and ultimately, cut its effectiveness, according to an animal study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Anti-inflammatory Drug and Gut Bacteria Have a Dynamic Interplay, According to Penn Animal Study

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 10:03
blurb:  Interaction may contribute to adverse effects and lessened effectiveness of one type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication and other drugs.

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) changed the composition and diversity of gut microbes, which in turn shaped how the drug is broken down and ultimately, cut its effectiveness, according to an animal study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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T Cells That Recognize HER2 Receptor May Be Key to Preventing HER2+ Breast Cancer Recurrence, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 09:56

Recurrence of HER2-positive breast cancer after treatment may be due to a specific and possibly cancer-induced weakness in the patient’s immune system – a weakness that in principle could be corrected with a HER2-targeted vaccine – according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Results of the study show that T cells from patient

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New Breast Cancer Drug May be Effective against Other Types of Cancer, Abramson Cancer Center Experts Find

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 09:42
blurb:  Palbociclib, in combination with other therapies, has potentially powerful effect.

Palbociclib, a new oral drug whose efficacy in combating breast cancer has been demonstrated alone and in combination with endocrine therapy, also has potential to combat other types of cancer, according to a literature review and additional original research conducted by experts at the

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Penn-led Team Reprograms Social Behavior in Carpenter Ants Using Epigenetic Drugs

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 09:01
blurb:  In a new study published today in Science, a multi-institution team anchored at University of Pennsylvania found that these caste-specific behaviors are not set in stone. Rather, this pioneering study shows that social behavior can be reprogrammed, indicating that an individual’s epigenetic, not genetic, makeup determines behavior in ant colonies.

In Florida carpenter ant colonies, distinct worker castes called minors and majors exhibit pronounced differences in social behavior throughout their lives. In a new study published today in Science, a multi-institution team anchored at University of Pennsylvania found that these caste-specific behaviors are not set in stone.

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Penn-led Team Reprograms Social Behavior in Carpenter Ants Using Epigenetic Drugs

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 09:01
blurb:  In a new study published today in Science, a multi-institution team anchored at University of Pennsylvania found that these caste-specific behaviors are not set in stone. Rather, this pioneering study shows that social behavior can be reprogrammed, indicating that an individual’s epigenetic, not genetic, makeup determines behavior in ant colonies.

In Florida carpenter ant colonies, distinct worker castes called minors and majors exhibit pronounced differences in social behavior throughout their lives. In a new study published today in Science, a multi-institution team anchored at University of Pennsylvania found that these caste-specific behaviors are not set in stone.

read more

Categories: University News