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Penn Telescope Minerva-Red Joins Hunt for Earth’s Twin

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 14:11

University of Pennsylvania astronomers are celebrating the dedication of a new planet-hunting telescope known as Minerva-Red. Installed at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona, Minerva-Red is part of the Minerva project, an array of low-cost telescopes that are designed to discover planets orbiting stars other than the sun.

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Penn’s Kang Ko Has a Promising Future in Academic Dentistry

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:35
blurb:  Kang Ko never planned to become a typical dentist. Long before he came to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to pursue his degree, he fell in love with teaching and research.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Kang Ko never planned to become a typical dentist. Long before he came to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to pursue his degree, he fell in love with teaching and research. 

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In Penn Grads’ Futures: Aircraft, Cruisers, Destroyers

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:32
blurb:  Unlike some new college graduates who aren’t sure what their futures hold, four University of Pennsylvania May graduates have known for years where their paths will lead. All completed the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Penn, and this spring, they finalized their duty stations.

By Julie McWilliams

Unlike some new college graduates who aren’t sure what their futures hold, four May graduates of the University of Pennsylvania have known for years where their paths will lead. All completed the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Penn, and this spring, they finalized their duty stations.

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Penn Students Share Stories Through Rap Music

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:05

For members of the Korean rap group Klass, expressing themselves through their music is empowering them to learn new skills and inspiring them to pursue their passions.

When the group’s founder James An, was 10, his family moved from Gwangmyeong-Si, South Korea, to Vancouver, British Columbia, and as he was adapting to life in Canada he would emulate rap performers such as Eminem.

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Penn Turns Out to Vote on Election Day

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:43

The Philadelphia Municipal Primary is on Tuesday, May 19, 2105.  Polling locations will be open from 7:00am-8:00pm.

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Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Appoints Henriques as Senior Fellow

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:27
blurb:  Richard Henriques has been appointed a senior fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, with a joint appointment at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

Richard “Dick” Henriques has been appointed a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy, with a joint appointment at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

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Penn School of Design’s Christopher Marcinkoski Wins Rome Prize Winner

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:25

Christopher Marcinkoski, an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design has been awarded a Rome Prize fellowship.

Marcinkoski is among 29 winners of the 2015-16 Rome Prize Fellowship.

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Penn Student Leads Nepali Earthquake Relief Effort

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:17
blurb:  Graduate student Sandeep Shah is managing a fundraising effort to help the people in Nepal, especially those who are vulnerable to trafficking.

After a major earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, University of Pennsylvania graduate student Sandeep Shah felt helpless.  

But, he also knew that his interdisciplinary background in social work, finance and philanthropy could help those who needed it the most. 

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Making Friends of Friends Benefits Hyenas, Penn Biologist Finds

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 09:39
blurb:  The spotted hyena seems to instinctively know the benefits of bonding with friends of friends, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and Michigan State University that considers the structural factors affecting the social network of these animals.

Bonding with a friend of a friend is something most humans gravitate toward naturally, or at least Facebook likes to think so every time it suggests friends for you to “friend.”

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Penn Researchers Show That Mental ‘Map’ and ‘Compass’ Are Two Separate Systems

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:11

If you have a map, you can know where you are without knowing which way you are facing. If you have a compass, you can know which way you're facing without knowing where you are. Animals from ants to mice to humans use both kinds of information to reorient themselves in familiar places, but how they determine this information from environmental cues is not well understood.

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Three Penn Lecturers Named American Institute of Architects Fellows

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:30

Lecturers Neil Denari, Scott Erdy and David McHenry of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design have been named to the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious College of Fellows. They are among 147 AIA members elected as 2015 Fellows.

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Penn Students Help Fight Local Hunger

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:54

Thanks to a creative collaboration, students at the University of Pennsylvania presented a check for $7,291.25 to the local hunger relief organization Philabundance, on May 1.

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Two Penn Medicine Physicians Receive American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Crystal Awards

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:06

Two physicians in the division of Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be presented Crystal Awards by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

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Giving HOPE: U.S. Has Nearly 400 HIV-Positive Potential Organ Donors, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:04

In the first-of-its-kind study since the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (the HOPE Act), which lifted the ban on organ donations from one HIV-positive person to another, Penn Medicine researchers report on the quality of these organs and how their use might impact the country’s organ shortage. 

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Penn Study Finds that Various Financial Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:02

Four different financial incentive programs, each worth roughly $800 over six months, all help more smokers kick the habit than providing free access to behavioral counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.

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Penn Grad Center’s Buddy Program Aims to Span International Cultural Gaps

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:05
blurb:  When Fernando Gama of Argentina and Tanya Jain and Manas Shukla, both of India, began graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, they wanted to make new friends with all kinds of backgrounds. So did grad students from other schools, including Ling Gu and Xinwei Liu, both of China, Vera Partem, a Ukranian-American from Philadelphia, and many others.

By Julie McWilliams

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Penn Researchers Join Two NSF Projects on Medical Cyber-physical Systems

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:03

The University of Pennsylvania is participating in two National Science Foundation projects designed to advance cyber­physical systems with medical applications. Cyber­physical systems are built from and depend upon the seamless integration of computation and physical components.

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Beth Winkelstein Appointed Penn Vice Provost for Education

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:00

Beth Winkelstein has been named vice provost for education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a professor of bioengineering and the associate dean for undergraduate education in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Penn’s Netter Center, Leadership Honored in City Council Proclamation

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 16:29
blurb:  Philadelphia's City Council will honor Ira Harkavy and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships with an official proclamation, May 14.

Ira Harkavy, the associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, will be recognized by the Philadelphia City Council on Thursday, May 14. 

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New Dinosaur’s Keen Nose Made it a Formidable Predator, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:59

A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a species of dinosaur closely related to Velociraptor, the group of creatures made infamous by the movie "Jurassic Park.” The newly named species likely possessed a keen sense of smell that would have made it a formidable predator.

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