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A Baby Tooth Guided Penn Dental Medicine’s Songtao Shi to Stem Cell Insights

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:33

One of the keys to Songtao Shi’s productive career in research came from a seemingly humble item: his daughter’s first baby tooth.

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Rosario Dawson Headlines MLK Lecture in Social Justice at Penn Jan. 20

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:49

On Jan. 20, the Center for Africana Studies presents the 14th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice.

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Acclaimed Photographer Paul Strand at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 16:59
blurb:  From Jan. 31-March 29, Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery will host Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio. The Gallery is free and open to the public.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio, a traveling exhibition organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries. It opens to the public on January 31, 2015.

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Penn Presents Symposium on Social Change Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 15:03
blurb:  Now in its 20th year, Penn remembers MLK with the annual Day of Service activities on Jan. 19 and a series of 20 community events that run through Jan. 30. All events are free and open to the public.

The University of Pennsylvania will remember Martin Luther King Jr. with its 20th Annual Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, a series of nearly 20 community events, Jan. 19-30.

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Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:10

One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance.      

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Eight Professors Appointed Penn Fellows

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:37

Eight faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Penn Fellows. The announcement was made today by Penn Provost Vincent Price and Anita Allen, vice provost for faculty.

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Penn Medicine Study: Web-based TAVR Marketing Found to Overstate Benefits, Understate Risks

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:25

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, has been called one of the biggest advances in cardiac surgery in recent years. The procedure delivers a new, collapsible aortic valve through a catheter to the valve site within the heart - a repair that otherwise requires open heart surgery. 

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Patch or Pills? How Quickly Smokers Metabolize Nicotine May Point to Most Effective Way to Quit, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:09

Nearly 70 percent of smokers who try to quit relapse within one week – daunting odds for people trying to kick the habit. Researchers have long theorized that some individuals may be genetically programmed to have an easier time than others, but with few clues about why, experts have been unable to guide smokers looking to quit toward a strategy – the nicotine patch versus prescription pills, for instance – with the best chance of success.

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Penn Study: Overly Conservative FDA Label Likely Prevents Use of Metformin in Many Type 2 Diabetics

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:06

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Wearable Tracking Devices Alone Won't Drive Health Behavior Change, According to Penn Researchers

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:01

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most, according to a new online-first viewpoint piece in JAMA.

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Penn Announces 2015 Kelly Writers House Fellows

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:16

The University of Pennsylvania will host three celebrated writers as Kelly Writers House Fellows during the 2015 spring semester: poet Anne Waldman, editor and author Dorothy Allison and playwright and novelist Jessica Hagedorn.

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Predicting Heart Disease With Twitter’

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:04

WHO:             Johannes Eichstaedt 

                      Graduate student, Department of Psychology

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Penn Engineers Put Their Skills and Teamwork to the Test in a Robotic Hockey Tournament

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:24
blurb:  As a final exam, students in Engineering’s Design of Mechatronic Systems course devised and built teams of hockey-playing robots in the sixth annual Robockey Cup.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

While final exams can be solemn affairs, finals for the Design of Mechatronic Systems course at the University of Pennsylvania couldn’t be livelier.

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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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