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Penn Experience Leads Two Seniors to Real World Results

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 16:37

A friendship formed while studying business at the University of Pennsylvania led two students from India to co-found a start up business. The pair, now seniors, say they’ve learned a lot about themselves in the process.  

Pranshu Maheshwari, from Chennai, and Yash Kothari, from Mumbai, first met before the start of their freshman year at a reception in India for newly accepted Penn students.

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Theodore Ruger Named Dean of Penn Law School

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 13:02

Theodore Ruger has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, effective July 1. Ruger has served as a member of the faculty for more than a decade and the school’s deputy dean since 2013.  The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.

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CANCELLED: Penn Science Café Presents ‘A Story of the Southern Ocean’ With Irina Marinov

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:42
blurb:  Irina Marinov will discuss future expected changes in the Southern Ocean's circulation and physics under a warming climate, and the repercussions for the rest of the planet.

WHO:             Irina Marinov

                      Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Penn Student Chronicles the Emergence of Interdisciplinary Science Through Architecture

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:25
blurb:  Brit Shields, a graduate student in History and Sociology of Science, explores the role the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter played shaping the growth of interdisciplinary research at Penn.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Collaboration across scientific disciplines can lead to groundbreaking innovation. But, just as it takes a special type of scholar to cross academic boundaries, it takes a special type of building to make interdisciplinary alliances possible.

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An Introduction to ‘Differential Privacy,’ from Penn Professor Aaron Roth

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 14:56

The ability to amass, store, manipulate and analyze information from millions of people at once has opened a vast frontier of new research methods. But, whether these methods are used in the service of new business models or new scientific findings, they also raise questions for the individuals whose information comprises these “big data” sets.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to Speak at Penn’s 259th Commencement

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:45

Samantha Power, the United States permanent representative to the United Nations, a member of President Obama’s cabinet and a Pulitzer-prize winning author, will deliver the address at the 2015 University of Pennsylvania Commencement on Monday, May 18, Vice President and University Secreta

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Penn Researchers Develop New Technique for Making Graphene Competitor, Molybdenum Disulphide

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:07
blurb:  Physics’ A.T. Charlie Johnson and Engineering’s Ritesh Agarwal, along with members of their labs, have a new way to "seed" the growth of a promising new 2-D material.

Graphene, a single-atom-thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a replacement for silicon in electronic devices due to its extremely high conductivity and unbeatable thinness. But graphene is not the only two-dimensional material that could play such a role.

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Two University of Pennsylvania Alumni and a Student Win Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 18:01

Three University of Pennsylvania-affiliated people have won Gates Cambridge Scholarships to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

They are Cassi Henderson and Jocelyn Perry, 2013 Penn graduates, and Nicolette Taku, a student at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

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Common Biomarkers of Sleep Debt Found in Humans, Rats, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:53

Stating that sleep is an essential biological process seems as obvious as saying that the sun rises every morning. Yet, researchers' understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of sleep loss is still in its earliest stages.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Show Brain Activity Can Predict Increased Fat Intake Following Sleep Deprivation

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:50

Experts have warned for years that insufficient sleep can lead to weight gain.

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Smartphone Apps Just as Accurate as Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity, According to Penn Researchers

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 17:49

Although wearable devices have received significant attention for their ability to track an individual’s physical activity, most smartphone applications are just as accurate, according to a new research letter in JAMA

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University of Pennsylvania Announces 2015 Thouron Award Winners

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:30
blurb:  Three University of Pennsylvania students have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom, Rocky Diegmiller of Wheeling, W.Va., Vinicius Ferreira of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Kristina Pelekoudas of Irvine, Calif.

Three University of Pennsylvania students have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. The scholarship recipients are:

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Immune Biomarkers Help Predict Early Death, Complications in HIV Patients with TB, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 18:00

Doctors treating patients battling both HIV and tuberculosis (TB)—many of whom live in Africa—are faced with the decision when to start those patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) while they are being treated with antibiotics for active TB disease. 

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Mosquitoes Ramp Up Immune Defenses After Sucking Blood, Penn Vet Researcher Finds

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:57
blurb:  According to a new study by University of Pennsylvania and Imperial College London researchers, mosquitoes ramp up their immune defenses after consuming blood meals, helping to fight off parasites that blood might contain.

If you were about to enter a crowded subway during flu season, packed with people sneezing and coughing, wouldn’t it be helpful if your immune system recognized the potentially risky situation and bolstered its defenses upon stepping into the train?

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Sharp, Sustained Increases in Suicides Closely Shadowed Austerity Events in Greece, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 18:01

Sharp and significant increases in suicides followed select financial crisis events and austerity announcements in Greece, from the start of the country’s 2008 recession to steep spending cuts in 2012, Penn Medicine researchers report in a new study published online this week in the British  Medical Journal Open, along with colleagues from Greece and the United Kingdom.

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Penn Medicine's New Immunotherapy Study Will Pit PD-1 Inhibitor Against Advanced Lung Cancer

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 18:00

Penn Medicine researchers have begun a new immunotherapy trial with the “checkpoint inhibitor” known as pembrolizumab in patients with oligometastatic lung cancer—a state characterized by a few metastases in a confined area—who have completed conventional treatments and are considered free of active disease but remain at a high risk for recurrence.

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Penn Researchers Show Value of Tissue-Engineering to Repair Major Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 17:58

Peripheral nerve injury (PNI) is a common consequence of traumatic injuries, wounds caused by an external force or an act of violence, such as a car accident, gun shot or even surgery. In those injuries that require surgical reconstruction, outcomes  can result in partial or complete loss of nerve function and a reduced quality of life. But, researchers at Penn Medicine have demonstrated a novel way to regenerate long-distance nerve connections in animal models using tissue-engineered nerve grafts (TENGs).

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Penn Center for Innovation Awarded NSF Grant to Foster Entrepreneurship

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 17:19

The Penn Center for Innovation, the University of Pennsylvania’s commercialization organization, announced today that it has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an I-Corps Site to support translation of research areas into the marketplace by providing educational programming, financial support and strategic guidance. 

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Self-affirmation Can Boost Acceptance of Health Advice, Penn-led Study Finds

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:22

A new discovery shows how a simple intervention—self-affirmation—can open our brains to accept advice that is hard to hear.  

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Penn Professor Shows How ‘Spontaneous’ Social Norms Emerge

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:49
blurb:  A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola provides a scientific explanation for how social conventions – everything from acceptable baby names to standards of professional conduct – can emerge suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, with no external forces driving their creation.

Fifteen years ago, the name “Aiden” was hardly on the radar of Americans with new babies. It ranked a lowly 324th on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names. But less than a decade later, the name became a favorite, soaring into the top 20 for five years and counting.

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