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Penn Student Leads Nepali Earthquake Relief Effort

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:17
blurb:  Graduate student Sandeep Shah is managing a fundraising effort to help the people in Nepal, especially those who are vulnerable to trafficking.

After a major earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, University of Pennsylvania graduate student Sandeep Shah felt helpless.  

But, he also knew that his interdisciplinary background in social work, finance and philanthropy could help those who needed it the most. 

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Making Friends of Friends Benefits Hyenas, Penn Biologist Finds

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 09:39
blurb:  The spotted hyena seems to instinctively know the benefits of bonding with friends of friends, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and Michigan State University that considers the structural factors affecting the social network of these animals.

Bonding with a friend of a friend is something most humans gravitate toward naturally, or at least Facebook likes to think so every time it suggests friends for you to “friend.”

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Penn Researchers Show That Mental ‘Map’ and ‘Compass’ Are Two Separate Systems

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:11

If you have a map, you can know where you are without knowing which way you are facing. If you have a compass, you can know which way you're facing without knowing where you are. Animals from ants to mice to humans use both kinds of information to reorient themselves in familiar places, but how they determine this information from environmental cues is not well understood.

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Three Penn Lecturers Named American Institute of Architects Fellows

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:30

Lecturers Neil Denari, Scott Erdy and David McHenry of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design have been named to the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious College of Fellows. They are among 147 AIA members elected as 2015 Fellows.

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Penn Students Help Fight Local Hunger

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:54

Thanks to a creative collaboration, students at the University of Pennsylvania presented a check for $7,291.25 to the local hunger relief organization Philabundance, on May 1.

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Two Penn Medicine Physicians Receive American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Crystal Awards

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:06

Two physicians in the division of Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be presented Crystal Awards by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

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Giving HOPE: U.S. Has Nearly 400 HIV-Positive Potential Organ Donors, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:04

In the first-of-its-kind study since the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (the HOPE Act), which lifted the ban on organ donations from one HIV-positive person to another, Penn Medicine researchers report on the quality of these organs and how their use might impact the country’s organ shortage. 

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Penn Study Finds that Various Financial Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:02

Four different financial incentive programs, each worth roughly $800 over six months, all help more smokers kick the habit than providing free access to behavioral counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.

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Penn Grad Center’s Buddy Program Aims to Span International Cultural Gaps

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:05
blurb:  When Fernando Gama of Argentina and Tanya Jain and Manas Shukla, both of India, began graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, they wanted to make new friends with all kinds of backgrounds. So did grad students from other schools, including Ling Gu and Xinwei Liu, both of China, Vera Partem, a Ukranian-American from Philadelphia, and many others.

By Julie McWilliams

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Penn Researchers Join Two NSF Projects on Medical Cyber-physical Systems

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:03

The University of Pennsylvania is participating in two National Science Foundation projects designed to advance cyber­physical systems with medical applications. Cyber­physical systems are built from and depend upon the seamless integration of computation and physical components.

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Beth Winkelstein Appointed Penn Vice Provost for Education

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:00

Beth Winkelstein has been named vice provost for education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a professor of bioengineering and the associate dean for undergraduate education in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Penn’s Netter Center, Leadership Honored in City Council Proclamation

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 16:29
blurb:  Philadelphia's City Council will honor Ira Harkavy and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships with an official proclamation, May 14.

Ira Harkavy, the associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, will be recognized by the Philadelphia City Council on Thursday, May 14. 

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New Dinosaur’s Keen Nose Made it a Formidable Predator, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:59

A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a species of dinosaur closely related to Velociraptor, the group of creatures made infamous by the movie "Jurassic Park.” The newly named species likely possessed a keen sense of smell that would have made it a formidable predator.

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Penn Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 16:06
blurb:  Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, Penn researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes.

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Human artifice can only begin to approximate these naturally self-assembled structures, and, even then, they require painstaking manufacturing techniques.

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Female Cystic Fibrosis Patients Need More Contraceptive Guidance, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:45

nly half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at t

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Plant Toxin Causes Biliary Atresia in Animal Model, According to Penn Study

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:44

A study in this week’s Science Translational Medicine is a classic example of how seemingly unlikely collaborators can come together to make surprising discoveries.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Why Almost Half of At-Risk Patients Opt Out of Comprehensive Multiplex Cancer Screening

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:41

Some at-risk patients opted out of comprehensive cancer gene screening when presented with the opportunity to be tested for the presence of genes linked to various cancers, according to a recent study led by researchers at the 

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Penn Team Finds Protein "Cement" that Stabilizes the Crossroad of Chromosomes

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:38

Cell division is the basis of life and requires that each daughter cell receive the proper complement of chromosomes. In most organisms, this process is mediated at the familiar constricted intersection of X-shaped chromosomes.

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Most Women are Unaware of New Guidelines for Pap Test Frequency, Penn Medicine Study Reveals

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:36

Women know that Pap tests are a useful screening test for cervical cancer, but according to a new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, most of those surveyed are unaware of the updated screening guidelines for

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Penn Students Receive State Department Critical Language Scholarships

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 16:59

Seven University of Pennsylvania students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for study during the summer of 2015:

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