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Penn Grad’s Thesis Work With German Youth Leads to Anti-hate Campaign

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:37

Doing doctoral research in a ninth grade music classroom in Hamburg, Germany, set Emily Joy Rothchild on a path to work with students on a recently released CD and music video that tackles the tough topics of terrorism, Islamophobia and hate.

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Penn’s Ghaffar-Kucher Guides GSE’s International Internship Program

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:35
blurb:  Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher is a matchmaker of sorts, pairing students in GSE's International Educational Development Program with internships at agencies that share a commitment to educational equity and serving disenfranchised communities around the world.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher is a matchmaker of sorts.

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Penn Receives African-American Chamber of Commerce 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:51

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware honored the University of Pennsylvania with its 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of Penn's commitment to diversity and inclusion with minorities, women and local businesses through its Economic Inclusion Program.

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Participation in Research Studies Not Detrimental to Preterm Infants

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:07

Premature babies who are enrolled in clinical trials for therapies to treat and prevent complications from preterm birth are no more likely to die or experience poor outcomes than babies who are not trial participants, according to a retrospective analysis of more than 5,000 babies born before 29 weeks of gestation.

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Protein "Comet Tails" Propel Cell Recycling Process, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:57

Several well-known neurodegenerative diseases, such as Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's disease, all result in part from a defect in autophagy – one way a cell removes and recycles misfolded proteins and pathogens.

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Penn Author Calls for Better Primary Care for Medicaid Patients to Curb Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:56

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED v

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Penn Medicine's Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:54

Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and chief of the division of Occupational Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the 2015 Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education or Researcher from the American College of Occupational an

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Young Adults Find Health Insurance Enrollment on HealthCare.gov Challenging, According to Penn Study

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:36

When trying to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov during the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, young adults were confused by unfamiliar health insurance terms, concerned about the affordability of plan options, and unsure how to seek good primary care.

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PennDesign's Barnett Argues for Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs in New Book

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:34

As the global population grows and more people move to cities and suburbs, they place greater stress on the operating system of our planet.

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Penn Research Simplifies Recycling of Rare-earth Magnets

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:43

Despite their ubiquity in consumer electronics, rare-earth metals are, as their name suggests, hard to come by. Mining and purifying them is an expensive, labor-intensive and ecologically devastating process.

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Michael Platt Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:00

Michael Platt has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 16th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, effective July 1.  

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Sindhuri Nandhakumar Awarded Penn’s Sobti Family Fellowship

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:34

The Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Penn alumna Sindhuri Nandhakumar is the recipient of the 2015-16 Sobti Family Fellowship.

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Penn Researchers Develop a New Type of Gecko-like Gripper

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:22

Picking things up and putting them down is a mainstay of any kind of manufacturing, but fingers, human or robotic, are not always best for the task at hand.    

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Penn’s Liliane Weissberg Named 2015-16 USC Shoah Foundation Teaching Fellow

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:52

Liliane Weissberg, a professor of German comparative literature in the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the USC Shoah Foundation 2015-16 Rutman Teaching Fellowship.

The award is offered annually by the Spielberg Foundation to a Penn faculty member to teach about the Holocaust.

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Penn: Mom’s Stress Alters Babies’ Gut and Brain through Vaginal Microbiome

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:10

Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

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Penn Vet Research Confirms a More Accurate Method for Blood Glucose Testing

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:10
blurb:  While glucometers have the advantage of being fast and requiring only a small drop of blood, they are not as accurate as some other methods of measuring blood glucose. In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have found a way of obtaining more accurate measurements from glucometers: by using blood plasma or serum rather than whole blood.

For diabetics, a quick prick of the finger can give information about their blood glucose levels, guiding them in whether to have a snack or inject a dose of insulin. Point-of-care glucose meters, or glucometers, are also used in the veterinary world to monitor cats and dogs with diabetes or pets hospitalized for other reasons.

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Penn Medicine Study Shows First Signs that Drug Used to Treat ADHD May Improve Cognitive Difficulties for Menopausal Women

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:33

According to a new study, women experiencing difficulty with time management, attention, organization, memory, and problem solving – often referred to as executive functions – related to menopause may find improvement with a drug already being used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Penn Study Shows Nearly 10 Percent of Women Live Too Far from Access to Gynecologic Cancer Care

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:31

More than one-third of counties in the Unites States are located more than 50 miles from the nearest gynecologic oncologist, making access to specialty care for ovarian and other gynecologic cancers difficult for nearly 15 million women.

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Penn Joins edX Partnership, Expands Free Online Classes

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:44

The University of Pennsylvania today announced a partnership with leading nonprofit online learning platform edX, expanding the University’s open learning course offerings to reach millions of additional learners worldwide.

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