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Penn Center for Innovation’s Mobile App Challenge Is Back for a Second Year

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:31
blurb:  Last fall, the Penn Center for Innovation launched the AppItUP Challenge, a contest that gathered mobile app ideas from across the University of Pennsylvania community and helped bring the best ones to life.

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Penn Team Studies Nanocrystals by Passing Them Through Tiny Pores

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:48

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole in a membrane, the team was able to measure the electrical properties of those structures’ surfaces.

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Penn Research Helps Uncover Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:13

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect.

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Penn Medicine: Zebrafish Model of a Learning and Memory Disorder Shows Better Way to Target Treatment

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:07

Using a zebrafish model of a human genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF1), a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that the learning and memory components of the disorder are distinct features that will likely need different treatment approaches.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Profile of Patients Most Likely to Delay Hospice Enrollment Until Final Days of Life

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:04

One in six cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Grad Student Taja Towne Has Sights on Career in International Social Work

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:12
blurb:  For her field placement, Taja Towne, a student at the School of Social Policy & Practice, is working with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

For Taja Towne, leaving the familiar comfort of home is part of a bigger plan.

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Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics to Rise on Penn Medicine Campus

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:56

The University of Pennsylvania today reached an important milestone in its alliance with Novartis as it unveiled plans for the construction of a first-of-its-kind Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics (CACT) on the Penn Medicine campus in Philadelphia.

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Penn Student Seeks Adventure Through Study Abroad

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:18

For University of Pennsylvania senior Olivia Route, some of the most exciting and enriching experiences she’s had as a student have happened while studying abroad.

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Helping Others Is Personal for Penn Social Work Student

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:40
blurb:  School of Social Policy & Practice student Ashley Blake is working for the Goldring Re-entry Initiative, a program designed to assist incarcerated people transition back into society with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Ashley Blake’s family has gone through a lot.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Profile of Patients Most Likely to Delay Hospice Enrollment Until Final Days of Life

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:29

One in six cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Researcher and CVS Health Physician Urge New Payment Model for Costly Gene Therapy Treatments

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:27

Hoping to encourage sufficient investments by pharmaceutical companies in expensive gene therapies, which often consist of a single treatment, a Penn researcher and the chief medical officer of CVS Health outline an alternative payment model in this month’s issue of Nature Biotechnology.

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Penn Team Finds Ovarian Cancer Oncogene in 'Junk DNA'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:25

Over the years researchers have made tremendous strides in the understanding and treatment of cancer by searching genomes for links between genetic alterations and disease.

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Social Policy Researcher at Penn Honored With WOAR’s Bridge of Courage Award

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:42
blurb:  Susan B. Sorenson, a professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will be honored for her work with an award from Women Organized Against Rape.

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Penn NROTC Student Mary Brass Pushes Herself and Mentors Others to Be Fit

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:41
blurb:  Midshipman Mary Brass is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion and is a top performer in the Navy's twice-a-year physical readiness tests.

Midshipman Mary Brass is just as strong as her name sounds.

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Domestic Violence and Ray Rice

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:57

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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Penn Study Finds Genetic Mutations Linked With Ethnic Disparities in Cancer

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:09
blurb:  In a new study published in the journal BMC Medical Genomics, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania identified more than 30 previously undescribed mutations in important regulatory molecules called microRNAs. Many of these mutations influence whether a person develops cancer or the severity of the disease.

One of the goals of genome sequencing is to identify genetic mutations associated with increased susceptibility to disease. Yet by and large these discoveries have been made in people of European or Asian ancestry, resulting in an incomplete picture of global genetic variation in disease vulnerability.

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Penn’s No-loan Financial Aid Program for 2014-15 Backed by Penn’s Largest Financial Aid Budget

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:46
blurb:  Since it was launched in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania’s all-grant, no-loan financial aid program has provided access to an Ivy League education to 7,475 students from a range of social and economic backgrounds. With 10,300 undergraduates, Penn is the largest school in the nation to offer an all-grant, no-loan financial aid program for undergraduates.

Since it was launched in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania’s all-grant, no-loan financial aid program has provided access to an Ivy League education to 7,475 students from a range of social and economic backgrounds.

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Penn Research Shows How Brain Can Tell Magnitude of Errors

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:58

University of Pennsylvania researchers have made another advance in understanding how the brain detects errors caused by unexpected sensory events. This type of error detection is what allows the brain to learn from its mistakes, which is critical for improving fine motor control.  

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New Clearman Cottage Writer’s Residency Established for Penn Undergraduate

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:11

A new University of Pennsylvania writers residency program will offer an undergraduate from Penn’s writing community the time and space to hone his or her craft in the Pacific Northwest for a week during spring break.

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Penn Study Shows Better Outcomes for Sepsis Patients Treated in Hospitals with Higher Volume of Cases

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:45

Patients with sepsis, one of the most time-sensitive and hard-to-detect illnesses in medicine, are more likely to survive the life-threatening condition when treated at a hospital that sees a higher volume of sepsis cases.

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