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Penn Among Colleges and Universities Selected by Carnegie for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:31

The University of Pennsylvania is among 240 institutions in the United States selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

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Penn Study: Radiation Plus Hormone Therapy Prolongs Survival for Older Men with Prostate Cancer

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:04

Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology this week from Penn Medicine researchers.

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Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:44
blurb:  Five Penn graduate students are beginning their journeys as ELISS fellows this spring. Four other Penn students are wrapping up their experiences in the program’s inaugural year and reflecting on the lessons they’ve gleaned about working across disciplines for the public good.

“In today’s world, the stereotype of the nerdy scientist, by himself, looking at a microscope, is no longer accurate and no longer useful,” says Gabriel Innes, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease, According to Penn Research

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 16:22
blurb:  Penn researchers have now shown that the social media platform Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what’s on their minds.

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Penn Scientists Identify Patterns of RNA Regulation in the Nuclei of Plants

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:05
blurb:  In a new study done in plants, University of Pennsylvania biologists give a global view of the patterns that can affect the various RNA regulatory processes that occur before these molecules move into the cytoplasm, where they are translated into the proteins that make up a living organism.

When the human genome was first sequenced, experts predicted they would find about 100,000 genes. The actual number has turned out to be closer to 20,000, just a few thousand more than fruit flies have. The question logically arose: how can a relatively small number of genes lay the blueprint for the complexities of the human body?

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Inaugural Cohort Announced for the Community Scholars-in-Residence Program

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 16:28

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the UPenn CTSA is pleased to announce the first awards for the Community Scholars-in-Residence Program. 

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Two Penn Singing Groups Perform at the White House

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 16:09

Two singing groups from the University of Pennsylvania earned coveted slots to sing at the White House for the president and first lady this month. The Penn Glee Club performed on Dec. 10 and the Shabbatones on Dec. 17.

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Student Group at Penn Delivers On-site Science to Local Children

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:28
blurb:  Penn Science Across Ages mixes community engagement and volunteering with increased access to learning for students at schools in West Philadelphia.

University of Pennsylvania senior Steve Scarfone and junior Jeffrey Ng are part of a local community-engagement project that mixes volunteering and increasing access to learning through Penn Science Across Ages.

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Kicking Boards: Penn Engineering Sophomore Excels With Tae Kwon Do

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:27
blurb:  As a freshman, Jasheel Brown came to the University of Pennsylvania with no official experience in martial arts, but, by the time he graduates, he will earn a black belt.

Jasheel Brown came to the University of Pennsylvania with no experience in Tae Kwon Do, but, by the time he graduates, he will have earned a black belt.

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Penn Researchers Model the Mechanics of Cells’ Long-range Communication

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:47

Interdisciplinary research at the University of Pennsylvania is showing how cells interact over long distances within fibrous tissue, like that associated with many diseases of the liver, lungs and other organs.

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Penn Study Demonstrates Effective Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Patients with Severe Hypoglycemia

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:46

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insulin treatments over time are able to regain normal internal recognition of the condition after receiving pancreatic islet cell transplantation, according to a new study led by researchers at the 

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Penn Glee Club Performs at the White House

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:33

Last summer, the members of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club already had Christmas on their minds. The result was to be a first since Calvin Coolidge was president.

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Doing Good and Learning Leadership Skills at Penn

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:11

When University of Pennsylvania student Amy Phillips learned about the Girl Scouts at Penn program, she immediately joined.

Having been a Scout from kindergarten through high school, Phillips was thrilled to be able to continue her involvement at Penn.

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‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Held for Penn’s Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:56

On Dec. 4, members of the University of Pennsylvania community gathered for a “topping off” ceremony securing the uppermost beam atop Penn’s new Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building.

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Penn and UGA Awarded $23.4 Million Contract for Pathogen Genomics Database

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:28
blurb:  A five-year, $23.4 million contract from the NIH will support a growing database of genomic information about disease-causing microbes, co-directed by the University of Pennsylvania's David Roos.

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars.

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Two Penn Professors Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:08

Professors James Eberwine, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Shu Yang, of Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, have been

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Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:12

Frequent kidney dialysis is essential for the approximately 350,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States.

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Penn Medicine Study: U.S. Workers Sacrifice Sleep for Work Hours and Long Commutes

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:09

An increasing number of studies show that chronically restricted sleep to less than seven hours per day impairs performance, increases the risk for errors and accidents, and is associated with negative health consequences like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Penn Senior Studies the Past to Understand the Future

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:18
blurb:  A double major in science, technology and society and philosophy, Paul Marett’s interest in the historical figures, who both predicted and influenced their futures, has led him down a unique path. For his senior thesis, he’s researching a collection of largely forgotten books published in Britain between World War I and II.

By Madeleine Stone   @themadstone

Science fiction is often said to reflect human culture: who we are today and what we dream to be in the future. But those who write on the future also have a hand in shaping it. Indeed, many future thinkers of the past have predicted technologies of the present with uncanny accuracy.

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