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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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Learning Lessons by Integrating Sustainability in the Classroom at Penn

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:33

As an environmental studies major at the University of Pennsylvania, Kinsey Miller already knew about many sustainability issues. 

But, after spending the summer as a researcher in the Penn Green Campus Partnership’s Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum program, her interests have expanded further.

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New Penn Integrates Knowledge Website Highlights Program’s Broad Impact

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:02
blurb:  Since 2005 the University of Pennsylvania‘s Penn Integrates Knowledge program has brought to campus exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines.

Since 2005 the University of Pennsylvania‘s Penn Integrates Knowledge program has brought to campus exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines. 

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Penn Blends Art and Science With Network Visualization Program

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:12
blurb:  Science and art are often perceived to be at odds with each other, two fundamentally different ways of understanding the world. But University of Pennsylvania researcher Danielle Bassett believes science and art can inform each other in very tangible ways.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Science and art are often perceived to be at odds with each other, two fundamentally different ways of understanding the world. But University of Pennsylvania researcher Danielle Bassett believes science and art can inform each other in very tangible ways.

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Junior Jesse Yoder Is Helping to Map a Sustainable Course at Penn

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:35
blurb:  For junior Jesse Yoder of Fort Wayne, Ind., an internship as a research assistant gave him a taste of academic life while integrating sustainability in the curriculum.

This summer, University of Pennsylvania junior Jesse Yoder remained on campus, not to take classes but to help prepare classes.

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Prof Betsy Rymes Juggles Mentoring, Writing and Pancakes at Penn

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:28
blurb:  GSE's Betsy Rymes is a great neighbor. Living side-by-side with 482 undergraduate students at Riepe College House, she helps with research papers, mentoring programs for local students and even makes pancakes on Sunday mornings.

Betsy Rymes is a great neighbor.

An associate professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, she’s also a residential faculty fellow in Riepe College House.

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Drug for Rare Blood Disorder Developed at Penn Receives Orphan Drug Status from European Union

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:04

A Penn Medicine-developed drug has received orphan status in Europe this week for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, life-threatening disease that causes anemia due to destruction of red blood cells and thrombosis.

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Penn Medicine Study: Attacking a Rare Disease at its Source With Gene Therapy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:56

Treating the rare disease MPS I is a challenge. MPS I, caused by the deficiency of a key enzyme called IDUA, eventually leads to the abnormal accumulation of certain molecules and cell death. 

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Penn-NIH Team Discovers New Type of Cell Movement in 3D Matrix

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:54
blurb:  In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists used an innovative technique to study how cells move in a three-dimensional matrix, similar to the structure of certain tissues, such as the skin. They discovered an entirely new type of cell movement whereby the nucleus helps propel cells through the matrix like a piston in an engine, generating pressure that thrusts the cell’s plasma membrane forward.

For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body.

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Veterans Upward Bound at Penn Prepares Former Soldier for Engineering Success

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:34
blurb:  Tyrell McCurbin can whip up a crème brûlée with the greatest of ease, served for four years in the U.S. Army and, thanks to the Veterans Upward Bound program, is now studying at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Tyrell McCurbin is a man with determination.

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Penn Announces Launch of President’s Engagement Prizes

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:26
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the President’s Engagement Prizes, competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the President’s Engagement Prizes, competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.

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