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Philadelphia City Council Honors Penn as Academic Partner Supporting City Schools

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 13:24

Philadelphia City Council today honored the University of Pennsylvania among more than a dozen local universities and colleges with an official citation of City Council acknowledging their vital support and services to the School District of Philadelphia.

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Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:23

Two-thirds of women treated for early-stage breast cancer in the U.S. receive longer radiation therapy than necessary, according to a new study published in JAMA this week from Penn Medicineresearchers Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, and Justin E. Bekelman, MD.

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Simeprevir-Based Therapy Offers Alternative Treatment of Hepatitis C Says Penn Study

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:44
blurb:  Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

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Comedy and Learning Can Go Hand-in-hand at Penn

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:46

For the all-female musical sketch comedy group, Bloomers, making people laugh is another benefit of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn’s 2015-16 Theme Year is Discovery with Penn Reading Project: The Big Sea

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:50

University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price, Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives today announced that the 2015-16 academic theme will be the Year of Discovery and that The Big Sea by Langston Hughes will be the Penn Reading Project.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Announce Latest Results of Investigational Cellular Therapy CTL019

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:55
blurb:  Findings Include Response Rates Over 90 Percent in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and First Results of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Trial

The latest results of clinical trials of more than 125 patients testing an investigational personalized cellular therapy known as CTL019 will be presented by a University of Pennsylvania research team at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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Penn Researchers Show Commonalities in How Different Glassy Materials Fail

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:47
blurb:  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown an important commonality that seems to extend through the range of glassy materials.

Glass is mysterious. It is a broad class of materials that extends well beyond the everyday window pane, but one thing that these disparate glasses seem to have in common is that they have nothing in common when it comes to their internal structures, especially in contrast with highly ordered and patterned crystals.

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Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn Releases Year-End Giving Guide

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:25
blurb:  Whether a donor has $10 or $1 million to contribute, a free, online guide from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy helps donors who want to know that their year-end giving will make the biggest difference in the lives of others.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has released a free online guide for donors who want to know that their year-end giving will make the bi

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Penn Senior Rutendo Chigora Awarded non-U.S. Rhodes Scholarship

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:05

Rutendo Chigora, a University of Pennsylvania senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, has been named one of Zimbabwe’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship which will fund two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. At Oxford, Chigora will pursue a master's degree in public policy.

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Penn Vet-Berkeley Study: New Therapy Holds Promise for Restoring Vision

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:04

A new chemical-genetic therapy restores light responses to the retinas of blind mice and dogs and enables the mice to guide their behavior according to visual cues, setting the stage for clinical trial in humans.

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The Women in Science Program at Penn Offers Cross-generational Wisdom

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:40
blurb:  Ware College House’s Women in Science program, founded by Medicine’s Helen Davies, offers support and inspiration for budding scientists, both female and male.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Brain Activity after Smokers Quit Predicts Chances of Relapsing, Penn Medicine Study Suggests

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:07

Quitting smoking sets off a series of changes in the brain that Penn Medicine researchers say may better identify smokers who will start smoking again—a prediction that goes above and beyond today’s clinical or behavioral tools for assessing relapse risk.

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People with Mental Illness More Likely To Be Tested for HIV, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:05

People with mental illness are more likely to have been tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a 

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Penn Alexander School/GSE Partnership Celebrates Academic Achievement

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:59
blurb:  When the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Education Dept. released its ratings this year, it was no surprise that the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School ranked as the top K-8 school.

The University of Pennsylvania is known for its academic excellence.

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Researchers at Penn Explore Impact of Race, Poverty and Change in America

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:47
blurb:  “Race, Poverty and Change in America” brings together experts to explore America's pursuit of civil and equal rights in the midst of unemployment, high levels of incarceration, low-quality education and neighborhood blight.

The University of Pennsylvania will host “Race, Poverty and Change in America: The Persistent Dilemmas of Equity and Equality” Dec. 4-5 in the Fitts Auditorium of Penn’s Law School, 3400 Chestnut St.

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Penn Researcher Finds Summer Jobs Decrease Youth Violence and Crime

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:02
blurb:  Providing disadvantaged urban adolescents with summer jobs decreases youth violence, according to a new study from Sara Heller, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn's School of Arts & Sciences.

Arrests for violence committed by disadvantaged urban adolescents decrease by as much as 43 percent when the young people have summer jobs, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Wharton China Center Opening Events in 2015

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:01
blurb:  We are pleased to invite the University community to join us in celebrating the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing -- the natural next step in the University’s longstanding engagement with China and East Asia.

A Message from 

Amy Gutmann, President
Vincent Price, Provost
Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School

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Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:36
blurb:  A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay.   

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Penn Research Suggests That Men Have Accurate Perception of Women’s Sexual Interest, Overconfidence Is Not Adaptive

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:20
blurb:  A new study shows men are generally accurate when estimating a woman’s interest in sex, contradicting earlier theories that suggested overconfidence was preferable.

Overconfidence sounds like an inherently bad trait to have, but when it comes to natural selection, some evolutionary psychologists have suggested it could be advantageous in finding a mate.

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Penn Study Points to New Therapeutic Strategy in Chronic Kidney Disease

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:04

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects at least one in four Americans who are older than 60 and can significantly shorten lifespan. Yet the few available drugs for CKD can only modestly delay the disease’s progress towards kidney failure.

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