Syndicate content
Updated: 19 hours 1 min ago

PennDesign's Barnett Argues for Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs in New Book

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:34

As the global population grows and more people move to cities and suburbs, they place greater stress on the operating system of our planet.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Research Simplifies Recycling of Rare-earth Magnets

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:43

Despite their ubiquity in consumer electronics, rare-earth metals are, as their name suggests, hard to come by. Mining and purifying them is an expensive, labor-intensive and ecologically devastating process.

read more

Categories: University News

Michael Platt Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:00

Michael Platt has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 16th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, effective July 1.  

read more

Categories: University News

Sindhuri Nandhakumar Awarded Penn’s Sobti Family Fellowship

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:34

The Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Penn alumna Sindhuri Nandhakumar is the recipient of the 2015-16 Sobti Family Fellowship.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Researchers Develop a New Type of Gecko-like Gripper

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:22

Picking things up and putting them down is a mainstay of any kind of manufacturing, but fingers, human or robotic, are not always best for the task at hand.    

read more

Categories: University News

Penn’s Liliane Weissberg Named 2015-16 USC Shoah Foundation Teaching Fellow

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:52

Liliane Weissberg, a professor of German comparative literature in the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the USC Shoah Foundation 2015-16 Rutman Teaching Fellowship.

The award is offered annually by the Spielberg Foundation to a Penn faculty member to teach about the Holocaust.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn: Mom’s Stress Alters Babies’ Gut and Brain through Vaginal Microbiome

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:10

Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Vet Research Confirms a More Accurate Method for Blood Glucose Testing

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:10
blurb:  While glucometers have the advantage of being fast and requiring only a small drop of blood, they are not as accurate as some other methods of measuring blood glucose. In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have found a way of obtaining more accurate measurements from glucometers: by using blood plasma or serum rather than whole blood.

For diabetics, a quick prick of the finger can give information about their blood glucose levels, guiding them in whether to have a snack or inject a dose of insulin. Point-of-care glucose meters, or glucometers, are also used in the veterinary world to monitor cats and dogs with diabetes or pets hospitalized for other reasons.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Medicine Study Shows First Signs that Drug Used to Treat ADHD May Improve Cognitive Difficulties for Menopausal Women

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:33

According to a new study, women experiencing difficulty with time management, attention, organization, memory, and problem solving – often referred to as executive functions – related to menopause may find improvement with a drug already being used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Study Shows Nearly 10 Percent of Women Live Too Far from Access to Gynecologic Cancer Care

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:31

More than one-third of counties in the Unites States are located more than 50 miles from the nearest gynecologic oncologist, making access to specialty care for ovarian and other gynecologic cancers difficult for nearly 15 million women.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Joins edX Partnership, Expands Free Online Classes

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:44

The University of Pennsylvania today announced a partnership with leading nonprofit online learning platform edX, expanding the University’s open learning course offerings to reach millions of additional learners worldwide.

read more

Categories: University News

Local High School Grads Receive Public Service Scholarships Courtesy of Penn

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:06
blurb:  The University of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers in Public Service scholarship program awarded supplemental scholarships to five local high school students at a ceremony Tuesday, June 9.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers in Public Service scholarship program awarded supplemental scholarships to five local high school students at a ceremony Tuesday, June 9.  

read more

Categories: University News

Penn Researchers Show How Cells Solve Biochemical Challenges as They Get Bigger

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:30
blurb:  Just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, a population of cells contains larger and smaller individuals. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now shown how the two copies of nuclear DNA in most cells’ chromosomes can serve a cell of any size.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

In any textbook diagram, a group of red blood cells, skin cells or nerve cells will typically be identical in size. But, just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, in a population of real cells there are larger and smaller individuals.

read more

Categories: University News

Evolution Is Unpredictable and Irreversible, Penn Biologists Show

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 14:56
blurb:  A study by University of Pennsylvania biologists now provides evidence that, at the molecular level, evolution is both unpredictable and irreversible.

Evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould is famous for describing the evolution of humans and other conscious beings as a chance accident of history. If we could go back millions of years and “run the tape of life again,” he mused, evolution would follow a different path. 

read more

Categories: University News

Processing Arrested Juveniles as Adults Has Small Effect on Criminal Recidivism, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 14:01

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found a three to five percent reduction in the probability of criminal recidivism among a sample of juveniles arrested for felony drug offenses, some of whom were processed as adults due to their age at the time of their arrests.

read more

Categories: University News

Penn VIPS Scholarships Honor Local High School Students for Community Service

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:18
blurb:  Penn will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service. These scholarships will cover expenses that are not typically covered in financial-aid packages.

WHAT:         

The University of Pennsylvania will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service.

read more

Categories: University News

Yoga, Running, Weight Lifting, and Gardening: Penn Study Maps the Types of Physical Activity Associated with Better Sleep Habits

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:48

Physical activities, such as walking, as well as aerobics/calisthenics, biking, gardening, golfing, running, weight-lifting, and yoga/Pilates are associated with better sleep habits, compared to no activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

read more

Categories: University News

High Levels of Moral Reasoning Correspond with Increased Gray Matter in Brain

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:47

Individuals with a higher level of moral reasoning skills showed increased gray matter in the areas of the brain implicated in complex social behaviordecision making, and conflict processing as compared to subjects at a lower level of moral reasoning, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with a researcher from Charité Universitätsmediz in Berlin, Germany. 

read more

Categories: University News

Eating Less During Late Night Hours May Stave off Some Effects of Sleep Deprivation, Penn Study Shows

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:45

Eating less late at night may help curb the concentration and alertness deficits that accompany sleep deprivation, according to results of a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sle

read more

Categories: University News

Reverberations in Metabolism: Protein Maintains Double Duty as Key Cog in Body Clock and Metabolic Control, Penn Study Finds

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:43

Around-the-clock rhythms guide nearly all physiological processes in animals and plants. Each cell in the body contains special proteins that act on one another in interlocking feedback loops to generate near-24 hour oscillations called circadian rhythms.

read more

Categories: University News