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Penn Student Seeks Adventure Through Study Abroad

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:18

For University of Pennsylvania senior Olivia Route, some of the most exciting and enriching experiences she’s had as a student have happened while studying abroad.

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Helping Others Is Personal for Penn Social Work Student

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:40
blurb:  School of Social Policy & Practice student Ashley Blake is working for the Goldring Re-entry Initiative, a program designed to assist incarcerated people transition back into society with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Ashley Blake’s family has gone through a lot.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Profile of Patients Most Likely to Delay Hospice Enrollment Until Final Days of Life

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:29

One in six cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Researcher and CVS Health Physician Urge New Payment Model for Costly Gene Therapy Treatments

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:27

Hoping to encourage sufficient investments by pharmaceutical companies in expensive gene therapies, which often consist of a single treatment, a Penn researcher and the chief medical officer of CVS Health outline an alternative payment model in this month’s issue of Nature Biotechnology.

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Penn Team Finds Ovarian Cancer Oncogene in 'Junk DNA'

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:25

Over the years researchers have made tremendous strides in the understanding and treatment of cancer by searching genomes for links between genetic alterations and disease.

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Social Policy Researcher at Penn Honored With WOAR’s Bridge of Courage Award

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:42
blurb:  Susan B. Sorenson, a professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will be honored for her work with an award from Women Organized Against Rape.

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Penn NROTC Student Mary Brass Pushes Herself and Mentors Others to Be Fit

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:41
blurb:  Midshipman Mary Brass is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion and is a top performer in the Navy's twice-a-year physical readiness tests.

Midshipman Mary Brass is just as strong as her name sounds.

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Domestic Violence and Ray Rice

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:57

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus ISDN line and satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability.

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Penn Study Finds Genetic Mutations Linked With Ethnic Disparities in Cancer

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:09
blurb:  In a new study published in the journal BMC Medical Genomics, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania identified more than 30 previously undescribed mutations in important regulatory molecules called microRNAs. Many of these mutations influence whether a person develops cancer or the severity of the disease.

One of the goals of genome sequencing is to identify genetic mutations associated with increased susceptibility to disease. Yet by and large these discoveries have been made in people of European or Asian ancestry, resulting in an incomplete picture of global genetic variation in disease vulnerability.

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Penn’s No-loan Financial Aid Program for 2014-15 Backed by Penn’s Largest Financial Aid Budget

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:46
blurb:  Since it was launched in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania’s all-grant, no-loan financial aid program has provided access to an Ivy League education to 7,475 students from a range of social and economic backgrounds. With 10,300 undergraduates, Penn is the largest school in the nation to offer an all-grant, no-loan financial aid program for undergraduates.

Since it was launched in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania’s all-grant, no-loan financial aid program has provided access to an Ivy League education to 7,475 students from a range of social and economic backgrounds.

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Penn Research Shows How Brain Can Tell Magnitude of Errors

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:58

University of Pennsylvania researchers have made another advance in understanding how the brain detects errors caused by unexpected sensory events. This type of error detection is what allows the brain to learn from its mistakes, which is critical for improving fine motor control.  

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New Clearman Cottage Writer’s Residency Established for Penn Undergraduate

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:11

A new University of Pennsylvania writers residency program will offer an undergraduate from Penn’s writing community the time and space to hone his or her craft in the Pacific Northwest for a week during spring break.

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Penn Study Shows Better Outcomes for Sepsis Patients Treated in Hospitals with Higher Volume of Cases

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:45

Patients with sepsis, one of the most time-sensitive and hard-to-detect illnesses in medicine, are more likely to survive the life-threatening condition when treated at a hospital that sees a higher volume of sepsis cases.

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Penn Engineers Advance Understanding of Graphene’s Friction Properties

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:19

An interdisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania has made a discovery regarding the surface properties of graphene, the Nobel-prize winning material that consists of an atomically thin sheet of carbon atoms.

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Penn’s Wharton School Houses Sizeable Art Collection

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:16

The University of Pennsylvania is home to art galleries and museums, and there’s a plethora of art on display in campus buildings, but did you know that Wharton, Penn’s world-class business school, has a notable art collection, too?

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Penn Sophomore Seeks to Globalize Iceland’s Innovations in Renewable Energy

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:07
blurb:  This summer, University of Pennsylvania sophomore Elizabeth Dresselhaus of Boulder, Colo., studied renewable energy in Iceland, a country with vast reserves of geothermal energy and hydropower.

By Christina Cook

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Penn Dean John L. Jackson Jr. Takes His Message on the Road

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:25
blurb:  The new dean of Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice, John L. Jackson Jr., will connect with alumni and potential students as he embarks on a coast-to-coast tour.

In the “Future of Social Change” tour, John L. Jackson Jr., new dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, will visit 10 cities across the United States, beginning with a launch event Friday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Caster Building, 3701 Locust Walk.

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Plant-based Research at Penn Prevents Complication of Hemophilia Treatment in Mice

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:22
blurb:  In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine teamed up to develop a strategy to prevent a common complication of hemophilia treatment.

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Penn Study Demonstrates Wearable Sensors to Detect Firearm Use

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:02
blurb:  In a study, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, Charles Loeffler, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn, demonstrates the feasibility of using low-cost, wearable inertial sensors to detect firearm usage. The study demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings.

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Penn Lightbulb Café Presents ‘Freedom to Innovate: The Global Spread of Fair Use’

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 13:51
blurb:  Over the past decade and a half, South Korea, Israel and Singapore have all adopted U.S.-style fair use. Today, a dozen additional countries are considering new fair use laws. Professor Decherney will discuss the potential impact of global fair use on technology, creativity and online debate.

WHO:             Peter Decherney

                      Professor of English and Cinema Studies

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