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Good Nutrition Positively Affects Social Development, Penn Research Shows

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:52
blurb:  In preschoolers, proper nutrition positively affects social development, a connection discovered by Jianghong Liu of Nursing and Medicine and PIK Professor Adrian Raine.

Proper nutrition during childhood can positively affect a child’s social behaviors and development.

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Two Penn Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:11
blurb:  Roger Chartier, a history professor in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Beatrice Hahn, a professor of medicine and microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, were elected to the Academy’s 236th class.

Two professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Extreme Rainfall Doesn’t Always Mean Extreme Erosion, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:23
blurb:  Research by University of Pennsylvania scientists, published in the journal Science, shows that, though extreme precipitation events can greatly increase the amount of water traveling through a river, large storms only move about 50 percent more sediment than a typical rainfall. The overall contribution of these intense rainfalls to erosion, therefore, is smaller than might be expected.

In the Puerto Rican rain forest, a strong storm can drop a meter of rain in a single day. All that water rushes into mountain rivers and causes a torrent as the water overflows the riverbanks and charges downstream.

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Penn Study Points to Path for Antibiotic-free Treatment for Atopic Dermatitis

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:02
blurb:  A new study from researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine has uncovered important insights about the association of atopic dermatitis in dogs compared to humans.

Atopic dermatitis, or AD, a chronic inflammatory skin condition and the most common form of eczema, is estimated to afflict as much as 10 percent of the population in the United States, and it is much more common now than it was 50 years ago. Veterinary clinical estimates also show that approximately 10 percent of dogs have atopic dermatitis.

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PIK Professor Michael Platt Earns $2.9 Million NIH Award for Neural Circuitry Work

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:02
blurb:  A new NIH grant will allow PIK Professor Michael Platt to continue work on social functions in the brain, which could ultimately aid those with autism or schizophrenia.

Michael Platt of the University of Pennsylvania has received a five-year, $2.9 million Method to Extend Research In Time, or MERIT, award from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue his work on the neural circuits that mediate compl

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Penn/Vanderbilt Study: Genetic Risk Factors of Disparate Diseases Share Similar Biological Underpinnings

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 08:43

The discovery of shared biological properties among independent variants of DNA sequences offers the opportunity to broaden understanding of the biological basis of disease and identify new therapeutic targets, according to a collaboration between the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Arizona Health Sciences,

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Penn’s Netter Center Announces Partnership Award Recipients

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 16:22
blurb:  Herman Beavers and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance are the recipients of the inaugural Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award, honored for their partnership built around "August Wilson and Beyond," an academically based community service course.

The Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania has named Herman Beavers and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance as the recipients of the inaugural Netter Center Faculty-Community Partne

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Quieting Cells' Low-Oxygen Alarm Stops Flare-ups in Rare Bone Disorder, Penn Animal Study Finds

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:09

The cellular response to the lack of oxygen fans the flames of flare-ups in a rare bone disorder. In fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a mutation triggers bone growth in muscles, which limits motion, breathing, and swallowing, among a host of progressive symptoms. 

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Artifacts, Deities and Theater at Penn Museum

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:40

What better place to stage a 2,500-year-old Greek play than amidst ancient artifacts, many depicting mythological figures and deities?

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Penn’s 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant Winners Announced

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:55

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania has announced the inaugural recipients of the Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant

Alison Buttenheim and Mark Devlin have been selected by a committee comprised of faculty members representing all 12 of Penn’s schools.

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A Passion for Research Takes Penn Senior Beyond the Stacks

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:07
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania senior Nick DeFina has spent his last four years engaged with the various intricacies, insights and intrigues of scholarly research. He has pursued this passion on campus and off, through curricular and co-curricular projects, and through the lens of different disciplines: Research has been the one constant in his richly varied intellectual life at Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences.

By Christina Cook

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Penn Team Restores Memory Formation Following Sleep Deprivation in Mice

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:20
blurb:  Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania observed that sleep deprivation is tied to an impairment of protein production in the hippocampus, a brain region thought to be central to memory. By experimentally increasing the expression of a gene involved in regulating protein synthesis in mice, they were able to prevent these deficits.

Pulling an all-nighter may seem like a good way to cram before a test, yet science tells us memory suffers when sleep is sacrificed.

A new study suggests that it doesn’t have to.

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Penn Libraries/History of Art Student-curated Exhibit Reaps Benefits and an Award

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:18

For a group of University of Pennsylvania students from André Dombrowski’s fall 2014 curatorial seminar, the excitement of curating an exhibition in the Penn Libraries and creating an accompanying catalog came rushing back when the

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Penn’s Jane Willenbring to Study Soil Metals for Geology and Gardeners

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:02

At first glance, it might seem that community gardening and beryllium isotopes have little in common.

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Inaugural President’s Innovation Prize Winners Announced at Penn

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 17:01

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of four undergraduates as the inaugural President’s Innovation Prize recipients.

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Penn's Marwan M. Kraidy Receives Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to Study the Spectacle of the Islamic State

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:07
blurb:  As an expert in global media studies, Annenberg Professor Marwan M. Kraidy has been studying the use of communications by IS, which he approaches as a “war machine,” and his research now has a big new supporter: the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Today it was announced that Kraidy has won a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, one of the most prestigious prizes in the social sciences and humanities, bringing with it a grant of up to $200,000.

The video shows a Jordanian pilot in an orange jumpsuit standing in a cage, his head bowed. A match hits unseen gasoline, and what follows is unspeakable. The pilot burns to death at the hands of the Islamic State, multiple cameras recording it in detail. The event itself was perhaps a minute, but the official edited video drags on for 22 minutes.

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Penn’s Synchronized Swimmers Make a Splash

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 14:20
blurb:  For the first time in the team's 70-year history, Penn Synchro finished in the top 10 at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships in Gainesville, Fla. this year.

Dancing in water is much more challenging than people think, Eileen Wang says. 

Wang, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of this season’s 13-member synchronized swimming club. Known as Penn Synchro, the club has a 70-year history. 

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