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Penn 2014-2015 Bassini Writing Apprentices Announced

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:58
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Jacob Gardenswartz, Annika Neklason and Leah Davidson have been selected as the 2014-2015 Bassini Writing Apprentices. They will complete their apprenticeships in the spring 2015 semester.

By Gina Bryan

University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Jacob Gardenswartz, Annika Neklason and Leah Davidson have been selected as the 2014-2015 Bassini Writing Apprentices. They will complete their apprenticeships in the spring 2015 semester.

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Linda Aiken of Penn Nursing Has Received Lienhard Award From Institute of Medicine

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:02
blurb:  Nursing's Linda Aiken has received the 2014 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine for her research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving patient-centered, affordable health care.

Linda Aiken, a professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the 2014 Gustav O.

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Report to Congress: Penn Researchers Find Homelessness Is Declining

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:18
blurb:  Homelessness across all groups continues to decline, according to a new report co-authored by a team of researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Homelessness across the United States continues to decline, according to a new report to Congress co-authored by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.

The 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report shows a decline in the number of homeless people in the U.S. across all groups, including women and children, veterans and the chronically homeless.

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Socially Conscious Penn Senior Set to Begin ‘Impactful Career’

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:55

When Afnaan Moharram finishes her studies at the University of Pennsylvania in December, she wants to combine for-profit work with social change, and, if she can’t find a socially conscience business where she can do that, she wants to eventually start one.

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Medicare May Need to Expand Options for Behavioral Weight Loss Counseling in Primary Care Settings, According to Penn Research Review

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:01

An important addition to the “eat less, move more” strategy for weight loss lies in behavioral counseling to achieve these goals.

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Penn Medicine Studies Show New Evidence that Exercise Therapy, Acupuncture Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:54

Two new studies from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offer

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Penn Medicine: Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:52

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Senior Cait Breslin Complements Penn Education With Study Abroad

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:10

For University of Pennsylvania senior Cait Breslin, studying abroad in Buenos Aires and in Calcutta has been an important part of her college experience. And she says it is good preparation toward her long-term goal of becoming a physician.

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Penn Dental Medicine Welcomes Its First Thouron Scholar

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:00
blurb:  This year, the Thouron Scholars, a community of 700-plus whose disciplines range from geology to English literature, welcomed their very first dentist to the ranks.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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University of Pennsylvania Senior Studies the Humanities From the Inside Out

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:23

As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, senior Heather Holmes has co-written a book, attended the Cannes Film Festival as part of a Penn Summer program and learned firsthand what it takes to be a museum curator.

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Collaborative Penn-Dresden Study Blocks Multiple Sclerosis Relapses in Mice

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:48
blurb:  In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and co-investigators have identified a key protein that is able to reduce the severity of a disease equivalent to multiple sclerosis in mice.

In multiple sclerosis, the immune system goes rogue, improperly attacking the body’s own central nervous system. Mobility problems and cognitive impairments may arise as the nerve cells become damaged.

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Readmission Rates Above Average for Survivors of Septic Shock, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:50
blurb:  Penn Medicine researchers have now shown that while most patients now survive a hospital stay for septic shock, 23 percent will return to the hospital within 30 days, many with another life-threatening condition -- a rate substantially higher than the normal readmission rate at a large academic medical center.

A diagnosis of septic shock was once a near death sentence. At best, survivors suffered a substantially reduced quality of life.

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Penn Study: Olaparib Shows Promise As Treatment Option for Patients with BRCA-Related Cancers

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:32
blurb:  A Penn Medicine study Finds Olaparib shows success in tumor response rate for patients with BRCA-related cancers. The study's results provide promising treatment option and improved survival rates for patients with ovarian, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers

Olaparib, an experimental twice-daily oral cancer drug, produces an overall tumor response rate of 26 percent in several advanced cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, according to new research co-led by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Classification of Gene Mutations in a Children's Cancer May Point to Improved Treatments

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:18
blurb:  Penn Medicine and CHOP Experts Define Riskier Mutations in Neuroblastoma, Setting Stage for Clinical Trial

Oncology researchers studying gene mutations in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma are refining their diagnostic tools to predict which patients are more likely to respond to drugs called ALK inhibitors that target such mutations. Removing some of the guesswork in diagnosis and treatment, the researchers say, may lead to more successful outcomes for children with this often-deadly cancer.

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Three Penn Nursing Freshman Among New Class of NROTC Midshipmen

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:43
blurb:  Penn's NROTC battalion officially welcomed 25 new freshmen to its ranks with a Swearing In Ceremony. Three of the new Midshipmen are students at Penn Nursing, recipients of the highly selective Navy Nurse Scholarship and are becoming best friends.

Among this year’s group of 25 students who gathered at the University of Pennsylvania to take the oath as midshipmen in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion on Friday, Nov. 7., three are freshman from Penn’s Nursing School.

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Three Penn Nursing Freshman Among New Class of NROTC Midshipmen

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:08
blurb:  Penn's NROTC battalion officially welcomed 25 new freshmen to its ranks with a Swearing In Ceremony. Three of the new Midshipmen are students at Penn Nursing, recipients of the highly selective Navy Nurse Scholarship and are becoming best friends.

Among this year’s group of 25 students who gathered at the University of Pennsylvania to take the oath as midshipmen in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion on Friday, Nov. 7., three are freshman from Penn’s Nursing School.

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Penn President Amy Gutmann to Receive Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:06
blurb:  The Anti-Defamation League will honor Penn President Amy Gutmann and the University of Pennsylvania with the Americanism Award on Nov. 12, 2014.

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Mentor Program Pairs Penn Freshmen With Powel Elementary School Students

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:34

Some University of Pennsylvania freshmen are already following in the Penn tradition of serving the community.

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Penn’s Mary Frances Berry Honored by the American Society for Legal History

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:14

The American Society for Legal History has elected Mary Frances Berry an Honorary Fellow of the Society. Berry is the Geraldine R.

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Penn Undergrad Works to Shed New Light on Nobel Prize Winner’s Novels

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:09
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania senior Emmett Wynn wanted to get a glimpse of what graduate school would be like before diving into the application process. So the comparative literature and intellectual history major from Albuquerque, N.M., enrolled in “J. M. Coetzee: Fiction, History, Theory,” a graduate course in the English department and African Studies Program in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. There he found not only the affirmation he sought but also a deep fascination with the work of this Nobel Prize-winning South African-born novelist.

By Christina Cook

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