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NROTC Midshipman, Penn Sophomore Shares Lessons in Leadership

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 11:39
blurb:  MIDN Billy Morrison has taken on the role of squad leader and public affairs officer for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion, learning much along the way.

As a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps midshipman, Billy Morrison balances military responsibilities with academics and plans to fly Navy helicopters once he graduates from the University of Pennsylvania.

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NROTC Midshipman, Penn Sophomore Shares Lessons in Leadership

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 11:39
blurb:  MIDN Billy Morrison has taken on the role of squad leader and public affairs officer for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion, learning much along the way.

As a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps midshipman, Billy Morrison balances military responsibilities with academics and plans to fly Navy helicopters once he graduates from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Engineering Student Shares Love of Science and Sustainability

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 16:03
blurb:  David Shields is a senior engineering student who is making a difference in Philadelphia through the Engineers Without Borders-Local Committee.

Senior David Shields is an aspiring engineer who focuses on making a difference locally by volunteering with the University of Pennsylvania chapter of Engineers Without Borders

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Penn Engineering Student Shares Love of Science and Sustainability

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 16:03
blurb:  David Shields is a senior engineering student who is making a difference in Philadelphia through the Engineers Without Borders-Local Committee.

Senior David Shields is an aspiring engineer who focuses on making a difference locally by volunteering with the University of Pennsylvania chapter of Engineers Without Borders

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First-generation Alumna Strengthens ‘Penn First,’ Seeks Volunteer Mentors

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 13:16
blurb:  Leanne Pyott Huebner is a driving force behind Penn First, which assists first-generation college students, and she's looking to other alumni -- first generation or not -- to assist in building a strong network of volunteer mentors.

Looking back at her undergraduate days, University of Pennsylvania alumna Leanne Pyott Huebner, who represents the first generation in her family to attend college, remembers feeling “differently prepared” than her peers.

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First-generation Alumna Strengthens ‘Penn First,’ Seeks Volunteer Mentors

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 13:16
blurb:  Leanne Pyott Huebner is a driving force behind Penn First, which assists first-generation college students, and she's looking to other alumni -- first generation or not -- to assist in building a strong network of volunteer mentors.

Looking back at her undergraduate days, University of Pennsylvania alumna Leanne Pyott Huebner, who represents the first generation in her family to attend college, remembers feeling “differently prepared” than her peers.

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Penn Professor Directs Documentary: ‘Filmmaking for Democracy in Myanmar’

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:05

When Peter Decherney led a team of filmmakers and scholars to Myanmar in 2014, he quickly realized that there was a compelling story to tell about the country’s vibrant and, until recently, government-censored movie-making industry.

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Penn Professor Directs Documentary: ‘Filmmaking for Democracy in Myanmar’

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:05

When Peter Decherney led a team of filmmakers and scholars to Myanmar in 2014, he quickly realized that there was a compelling story to tell about the country’s vibrant and, until recently, government-censored movie-making industry.

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Penn’s Online Learning Initiative Launches New Robotics Specialization

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:51

Beginning in January, the University of Pennsylvania will roll out a new robotics specialization, an online five-course sequence, via the University’s Online Learning Initiative on the Coursera platform. 

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Penn Researchers Use Network Science to Help Pinpoint Source of Seizures

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 13:02
blurb:  Using brain data crowdsourced from 22 epilepsy patients with implanted electrodes, the researchers have developed a series of algorithms that can predict where in the brain a seizure will originate and which groups of neurons it will likely spread to as it grows.

For the third of all epilepsy patients who don’t respond to medication, an alternative is to locate the small cluster of neurons that act as the seed of a seizure’s aberrant electrical activity and surgically remove it. Unfortunately, such surgeries often fail to bring any relief.

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Penn Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Minorities Less Likely to Trust Physicians

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:31
blurb:  Abigail Sewell of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences found that minority groups like African-Americans and Latinos are less likely than whites to believe their physicians care about them.

When it comes to trust in their physicians, minority groups in the United States are less likely than white people to believe their doctors care about them, according to research by University of Pennsylvania’s Abigail Sewell.

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Penn Ph.D. Student Examines Nutrition, Timing of Foods Acquired in Food Deserts

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 16:44

Eliza Davenport Whiteman, a second-year doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design, conducted a pilot study that offers a novel metric for evaluating how low-income residents of food deserts acquire food.

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Penn Ph.D. Student Examines Nutrition, Timing of Foods Acquired in Food Deserts

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 16:44

Eliza Davenport Whiteman, a second-year doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design, conducted a pilot study that offers a novel metric for evaluating how low-income residents of food deserts acquire food.

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Penn Biologists-in-training Used Genomic Techniques to Study Campus Microbes

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 16:21

The premier scientists at the University of Pennsylvania rely on next-generation sequencing techniques to elicit new information about the living world. Now, freshmen can do the same thing.

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Penn Nursing Research: Exceptional Care Requires Patient-driven Education

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:39
blurb:  New research from Terri Lipman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing reveals that, when it comes to quality communication, meeting the needs of all health-literacy levels requires creative thinking.

We’ve all been there: Sitting in a consultation with a doctor or nurse, jargon gets thrown around, time with the health-care provider is short and, soon after the conversation concludes, you forget half of what you were told.

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East Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Stayed Frozen for 14 Million Years, Penn Team Reports

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 11:22

Antarctica was once a balmier place, lush with plants and lakes. Figuring out just how long the continent has been a barren, cold desert of ice can give clues as to how Antarctica responded to the effects of past climates and can perhaps also indicate what to expect there as Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide grows.

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Kindness, Charitable Behavior Influenced by Amygdala, Penn Research Reveals

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 14:20
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania PIK professor Michael Platt discovered that the amygdala, a small structure in the brain, is associated with charitable giving and positive social behavior, not just fear.

The amygdala, a small structure at the front end of the brain’s temporal lobe, has long been associated with negative behaviors generally, and specifically with fear. But new research from Michael Platt, the James S.

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AIDS Treatment Benefits Health, Economics of People Without HIV, Penn Study Shows

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 16:22
blurb:  Sociology’s Hans-Peter Kohler, along with researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of Chicago, discovered that AIDS treatment can help HIV-negative people by quelling fear of the virus and boosting mental health and productivity.

In rural Malawi, roughly 10 percent of the adult population has HIV.

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Penn Resource Offers Insight Into American Language, Slang and Culture

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:11

When Shiho Nagai began attending the informal, not-for-credit slanguage sessions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Christian Association, she had in mind improving her English skills.

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Penn Resource Offers Insight Into American Language, Slang and Culture

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:11

When Shiho Nagai began attending the informal, not-for-credit slanguage sessions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Christian Association, she had in mind improving her English skills.

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