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Student Group at Penn Delivers On-site Science to Local Children

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:28
blurb:  Penn Science Across Ages mixes community engagement and volunteering with increased access to learning for students at schools in West Philadelphia.

University of Pennsylvania senior Steve Scarfone and junior Jeffrey Ng are part of a local community-engagement project that mixes volunteering and increasing access to learning through Penn Science Across Ages.

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Kicking Boards: Penn Engineering Sophomore Excels With Tae Kwon Do

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:27
blurb:  As a freshman, Jasheel Brown came to the University of Pennsylvania with no official experience in martial arts, but, by the time he graduates, he will earn a black belt.

Jasheel Brown came to the University of Pennsylvania with no experience in Tae Kwon Do, but, by the time he graduates, he will have earned a black belt.

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Penn Researchers Model the Mechanics of Cells’ Long-range Communication

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:47

Interdisciplinary research at the University of Pennsylvania is showing how cells interact over long distances within fibrous tissue, like that associated with many diseases of the liver, lungs and other organs.

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Penn Study Demonstrates Effective Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Patients with Severe Hypoglycemia

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:46

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insulin treatments over time are able to regain normal internal recognition of the condition after receiving pancreatic islet cell transplantation, according to a new study led by researchers at the 

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Penn Glee Club Performs at the White House

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:33

Last summer, the members of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club already had Christmas on their minds. The result was to be a first since Calvin Coolidge was president.

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Doing Good and Learning Leadership Skills at Penn

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:11

When University of Pennsylvania student Amy Phillips learned about the Girl Scouts at Penn program, she immediately joined.

Having been a Scout from kindergarten through high school, Phillips was thrilled to be able to continue her involvement at Penn.

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‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Held for Penn’s Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:56

On Dec. 4, members of the University of Pennsylvania community gathered for a “topping off” ceremony securing the uppermost beam atop Penn’s new Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building.

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Penn and UGA Awarded $23.4 Million Contract for Pathogen Genomics Database

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:28
blurb:  A five-year, $23.4 million contract from the NIH will support a growing database of genomic information about disease-causing microbes, co-directed by the University of Pennsylvania's David Roos.

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars.

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Two Penn Professors Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:08

Professors James Eberwine, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Shu Yang, of Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, have been

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Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:12

Frequent kidney dialysis is essential for the approximately 350,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States.

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Penn Medicine Study: U.S. Workers Sacrifice Sleep for Work Hours and Long Commutes

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:09

An increasing number of studies show that chronically restricted sleep to less than seven hours per day impairs performance, increases the risk for errors and accidents, and is associated with negative health consequences like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Penn Senior Studies the Past to Understand the Future

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:18
blurb:  A double major in science, technology and society and philosophy, Paul Marett’s interest in the historical figures, who both predicted and influenced their futures, has led him down a unique path. For his senior thesis, he’s researching a collection of largely forgotten books published in Britain between World War I and II.

By Madeleine Stone   @themadstone

Science fiction is often said to reflect human culture: who we are today and what we dream to be in the future. But those who write on the future also have a hand in shaping it. Indeed, many future thinkers of the past have predicted technologies of the present with uncanny accuracy.

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‘Writing Out Loud’ at Penn Explores History Through Conversations

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:44
blurb:  "The Ground on Which We Stand," a performance of original undergraduate student monologues based on the personal histories of West Philadelphia residents, took place Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Platt Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St.

An academically-based community service course at the University of Pennsylvania hosted an end-of-the-semester performance, “The Ground on Which We Stand,” Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Platt Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St.

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Philadelphia City Council Honors Penn as Academic Partner Supporting City Schools

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 13:24

Philadelphia City Council today honored the University of Pennsylvania among more than a dozen local universities and colleges with an official citation of City Council acknowledging their vital support and services to the School District of Philadelphia.

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Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:23

Two-thirds of women treated for early-stage breast cancer in the U.S. receive longer radiation therapy than necessary, according to a new study published in JAMA this week from Penn Medicineresearchers Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, and Justin E. Bekelman, MD.

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Simeprevir-Based Therapy Offers Alternative Treatment of Hepatitis C Says Penn Study

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:44
blurb:  Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

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Comedy and Learning Can Go Hand-in-hand at Penn

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:46

For the all-female musical sketch comedy group, Bloomers, making people laugh is another benefit of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn’s 2015-16 Theme Year is Discovery with Penn Reading Project: The Big Sea

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:50

University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price, Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives today announced that the 2015-16 academic theme will be the Year of Discovery and that The Big Sea by Langston Hughes will be the Penn Reading Project.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Announce Latest Results of Investigational Cellular Therapy CTL019

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:55
blurb:  Findings Include Response Rates Over 90 Percent in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and First Results of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Trial

The latest results of clinical trials of more than 125 patients testing an investigational personalized cellular therapy known as CTL019 will be presented by a University of Pennsylvania research team at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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