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‘Giving Tuesday’

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:18
blurb:  Katherina Rosqueta, an expert from Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy, can weigh in on charitable contributions for "Giving Tuesday," the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus ISDN line and satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability.

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Brainy and Buff on Display at Mr. and Ms. Penn Competition

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:11

University of Pennsylvania students can be both brainy and brawny, as the Mr. and Ms. Penn bodybuilding competition demonstrates.

On Nov. 3, Zellerbach Theater was packed with family and friends as 29 contestants vied for the titles.

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Student’s Fresh Start at Penn Opens Up New Opportunities

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00
blurb:  Annie Bennett just transferred to Penn this semester. She's already pledged a sorority and is participating in various other campus organizations, including the Field Hockey Club.

Annie Bennett was half way to graduation at a small liberal arts college when she made the decision to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania.

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No Racial Disparities Observed in Development of Atrial Fibrillation Among Heart Failure Patients, According to Penn Medicine Study

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:45

Black patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure are no less likely than white patients to get atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia), according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Penn-developed Method for Selecting Mental Health Treatments Receives $160,000 Award

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:09

MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a new United Kingdom-based charitable organization that supports mental health research, announced Wednesday the first major investment of its new flagship research program, PsyIMPACT. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is amon

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Penn-led Team Prevents Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:22
blurb:  In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don’t get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory formation.

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Penn Senior’s Nonprofit Global Youth United Is a Catalyst for Social Change

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:19

Katherine Mateo is a leader and mentor with a passion to make the world a better place. The senior who entered the University of Pennsylvania three years ago as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and Civic Scholar is director of Global Youth United, a Philadelphia-based organization that helps high school-age students identify social problems in the world and develop strategic plans to address them.

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New Penn Medicine Study Finds Lay Bystanders in Higher Income Pennsylvania Counties More Likely to Perform CPR When Witnessing a Cardiac Arrest

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:12

Members of the public in counties with higher median household incomes are more likely to step into action to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when they witness someone have a cardiac arrest, according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Penn Study Examines Patients' Perspectives on Deactivation of Implantable Defibrillators in End-of-Life Scenarios

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:06

Most patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)—small devices placed in a person’s chest to help treat irregular heartbeats with electrical pulses, or shocks—haven’t thought about device deactivation if they were to develop a serious illness from which they were not expected to recover.  But given c

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Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Electronic Health Record Default Settings Show Generics First, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:05

Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S.

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Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:03

The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug.

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Penn Center for Innovation Celebrates Launch, Brings Research and Industry Closer Together

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:54

Yesterday, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann helped celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good.  

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Penn Medicine and March of Dimes Launch New $10 Million Prematurity Research Center

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:16

In recognition of World Prematurity Day, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the March of Dimes Foundation today announce the establishment of a new Prematurity Research Center.

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New Penn Medicine Study Finds Lay Bystanders in Higher Income Pennsylvania Counties More Likely to Perform CPR When Witnessing a Cardiac Arrest

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 09:03

Members of the public in counties with higher median household incomes are more likely to step into action to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when they witness someone have a cardiac arrest, according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Increased Risk of Cardiac Events in Those with Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:30

Those experiencing psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and cardiovascular death, according to a multi-institutional study led by Penn Medicine researchers published online last month in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Penn Psychologist Develops Cognitive Therapy Book for IBS Patients

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:32
blurb:  Irritable bowel syndrome, a condition affecting up to 10 percent of the population, often occurs alongside anxiety and depression. Melissa Hunt, an associate director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed a self-help workbook for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat patients with IBS and improve their quality of life.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone 

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NAACP Leader to Deliver Annual Higginbotham Lecture Nov. 20 at Penn

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:48
blurb:  Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Africana Studies and Law School, this year’s speaker is Sherilynn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

WHO:     

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Penn ‘College Day’ Gives Lea Students a Look Into a Promising Future

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:28
blurb:  Sophomore Ray Clark, a political science major from Washington, D.C., helped to organize "College Day," which welcomed nearly 35 eighth-graders from Lea Elementary School to Penn's campus as honorary college students.

Nearly 35 pre-teens received their acceptance letters to the University of Pennsylvania -- at least for one day.

On Friday, Nov. 21, eighth-graders from the Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia became honorary college students at Penn during College Day 2014.

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Penn’s Division of Public Safety Recognized for Excellence

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:15
blurb:  For the eight year in a row, Penn Public Safety has ranked No. 1 in the higher education sector category of Security Magazine's "Security 500."

The University of Pennsylvania was ranked No.

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Penn Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at the Nanoscale

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:49

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light.    

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