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Penn Lightbulb Café: Emily Owens on ‘Immigration Policy, Informality and Criminal Behavior’

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:49
blurb:  Penn criminology professor Emily Owens will discuss the impact of immigration policy on underground markets and criminal behavior at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe on June 17, 2014.

WHO:            Emily Owens

                     Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology

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'Shared Vision' Opens at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:54
blurb:  "Shared Vision: The Myron and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection" features 63 works and opens to the public at the Arthur Ross Gallery on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Shared Vision: The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection. It opens to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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Morris Arboretum’s Executive Director, Paul W. Meyer, Wins Prestigious National Award

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:08

Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum, received the prestigious Liberty Hyde Bailey Award from the American Horticultural Society (AHS) at its June 5th Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia. 

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Marilyn Jordan Taylor’s Term as Dean of Penn’s School of Design Is Extended

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:01

Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of the School of Design and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has agreed to an extension of her appointment as dean until June 30, 2016.

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Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:44
blurb:  In a new study, University of Pennsylvania researchers show that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause an imbalance in the microbial community in the gums, with a sophisticated, two-prong manipulation of the human immune system.

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of balance, illnesses can arise. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, is one example.

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Lifetime Costs for Autism Spectrum Disorder May Reach $2.4 Million Per Patient, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:41

Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Penn Research Develops ‘Onion’ Vesicles for Drug Delivery

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:34
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown that a certain kind of molecule that has tree-like branches can self-assemble into drug delivery vehicles that have multiple with concentric layers of membranes.

One of the defining features of cells is their membranes. Each cell’s repository of DNA and protein-making machinery must be kept stable and secure from invaders and toxins. Scientists have attempted to replicate these properties, but, despite decades of research, even the most basic membrane structures, known as vesicles, still face many problems when made in the lab.

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$4.35 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant Establishes Penn Prevention Research Center

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:34

A five-year, $ 4,350,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Pennsylvania. The PRC, one of 26 in the nation, will conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Penn Medicine Receives Superfund Research Program Award of $10 Million to Study the Adverse Health Effects and Remediation of Asbestos

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:07

Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) over the n

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In Penn’s Stouffer College House, Students Get a Touch of Home

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:05
blurb:  In the first of a series on families living in Penn's College Houses, at Stouffer, residents say, "Nothing comes closer to home."

This is the first in a series of articles about families living in the University of Pennsylvania’s College House system.

 

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Demographics Drive Fitness Partner Decisions Online, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:07
blurb:  According to a new study led by University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola, participants in an online fitness program ignored the fitness aptitude of their potential partners, instead paying attention to age, gender and body mass index.

Who would you rather have as a fitness partner: a paragon of athleticism and dedication who could motivate you to exceed your current level of fitness or an equal, with whom you could exchange tips and encouragement on the road to better health?

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2012 Portfolio by Penn’s Terry Adkins Reconsidered Through Exhibition

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:25

Following the death in February of the University of Pennsylvania’s Terry Adkins, a fine arts professor in the School of Design, Matt Neff, found a way to pay tribute his former colleague in a special way.
 

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Penn Libraries to Host Digital Humanities Conference

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:15


WHO:      University of Pennsylvania Libraries and PhillyDH

WHAT:    PhillyDH@Penn, a digital humanities, participant-led conference

WHEN:    Friday, June 20, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE:  Van Pelt Library

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Penn Medicine Researchers Investigate Worry and Behavior Among Teens at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:31

Teenage girls with a familial or genetic risk for breast cancer worry more about getting the disease, even when their mother has no history, compared to girls their age with no known high risks, according to new data presented today by researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center at th

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Quality Control: Penn Study Shows How Misfolded Proteins are Selected for Disposal

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:27

It’s almost axiomatic that misfolded proteins compromise how cells normally function and cause debilitating human disease, but how these proteins are detected and degraded within the body is not well understood.

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Penn Medicine Research Reveals Suicides Are Far More Likely to Occur After Midnight

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:22

A new study by researchers at Penn Medicine is the first to reveal that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening.

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Marijuana Use May Impair Sleep Quality

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:21

A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that marijuana use may be associated with impaired sleep quality, especially in people who have been using the drug since their teenage years.

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Practicing What She Teaches, Penn Alum Is Award-winning Film Editor

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:50

When the winners of the 2013 Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcasting were announced late last month, Nancy Novack, a University of Pennsylvania alum and adjunct faculty member in the School of Design, had cause to celebrate.

A film series she edited, the PBS TV documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” won a Peabody.

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Penn Study: Massive Open Online Courses Not a Threat to Traditional Business Schools

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:29
blurb:  Data from a University of Pennsylvania study of massive open online courses offered by Penn’s Wharton School suggest that MOOCs aren’t a threat to traditional business programs, but rather an opportunity to expand to underserved markets. The findings were published today in the Harvard Business Review.

Data from a University of Pennsylvania study of massive open online courses offered by Penn’s Wharton School suggest that MOOCs aren’t a threat to traditional business programs, but rather an opportunity to expand to underserved markets. The findings were published today in the Harvard Business Review.

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