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Penn-led Team Pieces Together Signaling Pathway Leading to Obesity

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 14:21

As scientists probe the molecular underpinnings of why some people are prone to obesity and some to leanness, they are discovering that weight maintenance is more complicated than the old “calories in, calories out” adage.

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

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 15:00

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

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:30

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

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:41

The American Society for Legal History has elected Mary Frances Berry an Honorary Fellow of the Society. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania

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

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:30

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 Bioengineer Looking for Epigenomic Patterns Linked to Neurological Disorders

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:24
blurb:  Jennifer Phillips-Cremins was named a 2014 New York Stem Cell Foundation Robertson Stem Cell Investigator. The award will support the study of how the three-dimensional organization of DNA within cells directs the development of the human brain.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:07

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-led Team Pieces Together Signaling Pathway Leading to Obesity

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:46
blurb:  A team of researchers led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Kendra K. Bence have now drawn connections between known regulators of body mass, pointing to possible treatments for obesity and metabolic disorders.

As scientists probe the molecular underpinnings of why some people are prone to obesity and some to leanness, they are discovering that weight maintenance is more complicated than the old “calories in, calories out” adage.

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Mentor Program Pairs Penn Freshmen With Powel Elementary School Students

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:33

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

Through the Riepe College House Mentors Program, 25 freshman volunteers are working with students at Powel Elementary School in West Philadelphia. One day a week, the freshmen spend two hours with kindergarteners through fourth graders there.

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Socially Conscious Penn Senior Set to Begin ‘Impactful Career’

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:59

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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Acclaimed Brazilian Artist Henrique Oliveira at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:24
blurb:  Henrique Oliveira: Adenocalcinoma Poliresidual runs through Jan. 15, 2015 at the Arthur Ross Gallery, which is free and open to the public.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Henrique Oliveira: Adenocalcinoma Poliresidual, a site-specific installation. Curated by ARG Associate Director Dejáy B.

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Penn Physicists, Charles Kane and Eugene Mele, Win Benjamin Franklin Medal

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:51

Two University of Pennsylvania physicists have been selected as 2015 recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medal, one of the world's oldest science and technology awards. The laureates will be honored April 23 at an award ceremony at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

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Penn Turns Out to Vote on Election Day

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:32

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election is on November 4, 2014. Polling locations will be open from 7:00am-8:00pm. Voters will be casting ballots for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Representative, State Senator (even numbered districts) and State Representative.  Additionally, there are three questions posed on the ballot – two proposed charter changes and one city bond question.

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

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:52
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania senior Emmett Wynn, a 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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Report to Congress: Penn Researchers Find Homelessness Is Declining

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:49
blurb:  A team of researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice contributed to the 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, which says homelessness across the U.S. continues to decline.

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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Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:32
blurb:  A new study by Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism.

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Penn Medicine: First Atlas of Body Clock Gene Expression in Mammals Informs Timing of Drug Delivery and Emerging Field of Chronotherapy

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:04

A new effort mapping 24-hr patterns of expression for thousands of genes in 12 different mouse organs – five years in the making – provides important clues about how the role of timing may influence the way drugs work in the body.

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For Penn Student Information Technology Advisors, the Job Provides Life Lessons

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:53

Being a student IT advisor at the University of Pennsylvania is not just about helping others. It’s also a learning experience.

Along with a team of professional Penn staff, 80 student information technology advisors offer tech support to students, faculty and staff who reside in all 11 College Houses.

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Penn and Berkeley Research: Path to New Kinds of Computers With Faster-switching Ferroelectrics

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:37
blurb:  A combination of theory and experiment has shown an easy way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials in a way that makes them viable candidates for low-power computing and electronics.

Ferroelectric materials, commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more, could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Soccer-playing Student at Penn Scores Goals With a Global Impact

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:35
blurb:  Khadija Tarver is kicking it up a notch -- around the world and on the field as a member of the Penn Women's Soccer Club. All club games are free and open to the public.

Khadija Tarver is making an interdisciplinary impact – on the soccer field, on the environment and through improved global commerce in nations like Guatemala.

Tarver, a 20-year-old junior majoring in environmental studies in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, is now in her third year playing center back for the Penn Women’s Soccer Club.

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