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Gospel Choir Fuels Hopefulness and Happiness at Penn

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:58

For members of the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, singing and producing shows together is a joyful and meaningful part of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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A Message to the Penn Community

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:00
blurb:  In the past year, we led a comprehensive review of the University’s protocols for responding to complaints of sexual violence. Finding the best policies and procedures for complaints of sexual violence is a matter of the upmost importance for every university in the country. We reviewed the University’s disciplinary process for handling complaints of sexual violence, consulted widely with campus constituents, and analyzed legislative changes, guidance from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, and procedures utilized by peer institutions. As a result of this work, we determined that our procedures for handling complaints could be strengthened.

A Message to the Penn Community

From

Amy Gutmann, President

Vincent Price, Provost

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Researchers at Penn, Berkeley and Illinois Use Oxides to Flip Graphene Conductivity

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:33

Graphene, a one-atom thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a revolutionary material that will take the place of silicon at the heart of electronics. The unmatched speed at which it can move electrons, plus its essentially two-dimensional form factor, make it an attractive alternative, but several hurdles to its adoption remain.

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Penn Professor Kathryn Hellerstein Wins National Jewish Book Award

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:19

The Jewish Book Council has named University of Pennsylvania professor Kathryn Hellerstein recipient of the 2014 Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies for her A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (Stanford University Press, 2014).

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Penn Dental Medicine Team Shows Why Wound Healing Is Impaired in Diabetics

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:53
blurb:  Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have identified a critical molecule that helps explain why diabetics suffer from slow wound healing and pinpoints a target for therapies that could help boost healing.

One of the most troubling complications of diabetes is its effect on wound healing. Roughly 15 percent of diabetics will suffer from a non-healing wound in their lifetime. In some cases, these open ulcers on the skin lead to amputations.

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Penn PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts to Receive APA’s 2015 Fuller Award

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:35

The American Psychiatric Association has named University of Pennsylvania professor Dorothy Roberts recipient of the 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award in recognition of her demonstrated leadership and exceptional achievements.

The award honors “a Black citizen who has pioneered in an area which has significantly benefitted the quality of life for Black people.”

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Open Learning Initiative Reaches Penn Alumni Online and Around the Globe

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:50
blurb:  Last semester, Penn offered a modified, alumni-exclusive version of “History of the Slave South,” an online course taught by history professor Stephanie McCurry from the School of Arts & Sciences.

For the first time last fall, the University of Pennsylvania invited Quakers from around the globe to participate in an alumni-exclusive version of a massive open online course.

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Field Center at Penn Addresses America’s ‘Throwaway Children’ Through History

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:54
blurb:  The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research will host “The U.S. Response to Throwaway Children: From Orphan Trains to the Current Migrant Crisis,” which will include Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection, Monday, Feb. 9.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host a community symposium in conjunction with One Book, One Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 a.m.

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Penn Medicine Bioethicists Call for Return to Asylums for Long-Term Psychiatric Care

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:42

As the United States population has doubled since 1955, the number of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States has been cut by nearly 95 percent to just 45,000, a wholly inadequate equation when considering that there are currently 10 million U.S. residents with serious mental illness.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Discover Possible New General Anesthetics

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:40

Penn Medicine researchers, in a continuation of their groundbreaking work to better understand how anesthesia works in the body, have found the first new class of novel anesthetics since the 1970s. Their findings, published in February issue of Anesthesiology, detail the processes through which the group uncovered these compounds.

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Medicaid "Fee Bump" to Primary Care Doctors Associated with Better Access to Appointments, According to Penn Study

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:35

The increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage points increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times, according to results of a new 10-state study — co-authored by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — published online-first by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Penn Study Uncovers Secrets of a Clump-Dissolving Protein

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:33

Workhorse molecules called heat-shock proteins contribute to refolding proteins that were once misfolded and clumped, causing such disorders as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease. James Shorter, PhD, an associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been developing ways to "reprogram" one such protein – a yeast protein called Hsp104 -- to improve its therapeutic properties.

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Brookings Tops List of Penn’s 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Rankings

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:54

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania today released its 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the most comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks. Simultaneous launch events were held by 77 organizations in 59 cities in 49 countries worldwide. The report will be translated into more than 20 languages.

The Brookings Institution topped the list, as it did last year.

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Penn’s Lorene Cary Announces Safe Kids Stories Initiative

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 15:14

Lorene Cary, a senior lecturer in the English Department in the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, is leading a new initiative called Safe Kids Stories, a website and social movement designed to promote Philadelphia programs that create safe havens for children and youth.

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Seeing The World Through New Penn Summer Abroad Programs

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:39

Students at the University of Pennsylvania can study in Cuba thanks to a Penn Summer Abroad program in Havana.

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Penn’s Ira Harkavy Honored With Ernest L. Boyer Award for Lifetime of Work

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:12
blurb:  During the Association of American Colleges & Universities meeting in Washington, D.C., New American Colleges & Universities will honor Ira Harkavy from the Netter Center.

Ira Harkavy, the associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, was honored with the fifth annual Ernest L. Boyer Award on Jan.

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Penn Research Shows Relationship Critical for How Cells Ingest Matter

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:04

To survive and fulfill their biological functions, cells need to take in material from their environment. In this process, proteins within the cell pull inward on its membrane, forming a pit that eventually encapsulates the material in a bubble called a vesicle.

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Penn Trustees Approve Design for Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:58

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics has received design development approval from the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees.

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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Open Doors for Penn Students

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:07
blurb:  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

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