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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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Penn Paleontologists Describe a Possible Dinosaur Nest and Young ‘Babysitter’

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:20
blurb:  A new examination of a rock slab containing fossils of 24 very young dinosaurs and one older individual is suggestive of a group of hatchlings overseen by a caretaker, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

Dinosaurs are often depicted as giant, frightening beasts. But every creature is a baby once.

A new examination of a rock slab containing fossils of 24 very young dinosaurs and one older individual is suggestive of a group of hatchlings overseen by a caretaker, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

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For Penn’s Tanner Frank, Dinosaur Digs in Utah Offer a Desk Job Alternative

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:00
blurb:  This summer, Frank, now a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, spent time pursuing his childhood passion on dinosaur digs in the Utah desert. Working side by side with experts, he uncovered fossils, footprints and a confirmation that he’s on the right academic path.

Like a lot of little kids, Tanner Frank went through a “dinosaur phase.” Unlike most, however, he says, “I never grew out of it.”

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Penn Study Shows 25 Percent Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:30

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain.

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Behind the Scenes of Penn’s 2014 New Student Orientation

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:31

New Student Orientation at the University of Pennsylvania is not just about newcomers learning about Penn. It is also about current-student volunteers getting better acquainted with themselves.

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Penn Undergrad Researches Cross-cultural Implications of the ‘Gangnam Phenomenon’

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:53
blurb:  University Scholar Sheryl Li, a senior from Plano, Texas, spent two summers researching the impact of Korean Wave and K-pop and its influence in China and then Japan.

By Christina Cook

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New Students Volunteer in West Philadelphia as Part of Penn Community Teamworks

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:11
blurb:  Incoming graduate students from the School of Social Policy & Practice spent the day volunteering and making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

Sixteen incoming graduate students and one alumna of the University of Pennsylvania spent the day making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

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Senior Leads Penn Women’s Ice Hockey Club Into the 2014-15 Season

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:17
blurb:  She's only been on the ice for three years, but senior Alyssa Johncola from Northeast Philadelphia is leading the pack as the president of the women's ice hockey club at Penn.

Alyssa Johncola is an unstoppable force at the University of Pennsylvania.

She’s the president, right winger and former substitute goalie of the women’s ice hockey team, a club made up of both graduate and undergraduate students at Penn.

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Penn Study: Electronic Alerts Significantly Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:03

A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

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Penn Student Assists in Developing an Economic Growth Plan in Guatemala

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:48

In a very poor but picturesque region of Guatemala, Seth Amos spent the summer working to help a town to develop an economic growth strategy.  

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