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University of Pennsylvania Student Wins Truman Scholarship

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:42

Adam Cohen, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue careers in government or in public service, wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers and are U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.

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Donita Brady Appointed Presidential Professor at Penn

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:34

Donita Brady has been named the seventh Presidential Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1.  She will be Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

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Penn Researchers Help Make Maps of the Universe’s Dark Matter

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:24
blurb:  Members of the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail and will improve researchers’ understanding of dark matter’s role in the formation of galaxies.

Members of the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos.

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Limber Lungs: One Type of Airway Cell Can Regenerate Another Lung Cell Type

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 09:48

A new collaborative study describes a way that lung tissue can regenerate after injury. The team found that lung tissue has more dexterity in repairing tissue than once thought.

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Penn Dental Medicine Launches First Open Online Course

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:57
blurb:  The School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's free online course, “Introduction to Dental Medicine,” will allow anyone with access to the Internet to learn what dentistry is all about.

By Sarah Welsh

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘An Introduction to Kirigami: Cutting, Folding and Building With Triangles’

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 14:38
blurb:  Randall Kamien, Shu Yang, XingTing Gong, Daniel Sussman, Toen Castle and Michael Tanis, members of a research team from the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Materials Science and Engineering, will present "An Introduction to Kirigami: Cutting, Folding and Building With Triangles."

WHO:            Randall Kamien

                      Shu Yang

                     XingTing Gong

                     Daniel Sussman

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After the Higgs: Penn Gears Up for New Physics Discoveries at CERN

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 14:04
blurb:  After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for its second run. The LHC enabled the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which gives mass to all particles, but the world’s most complicated scientific apparatus is far from finished

by Sarah Welsh

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for its second run. The LHC enabled the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which gives mass to all particles, but the world’s most complicated scientific apparatus is far from finished

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On the Road, Penn Senior Examines Environmental-Economic Conflict

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:57
blurb:  An interest in journalism led senior Brennan Cusack of Santa Barbara, Calif., on a road trip focused on examining cases of environmental-economic conflict.

By Julie McWilliams

Aspiring journalist Brennan Cusack set off on a solo cross-country trek last summer to get an insider’s look and to research four instances where environmental and economic interests were at odds.

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Penn Study Shows Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer May Differ By Type of BRCA1, BRCA2 Mutation

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:14

In a study involving more than 31,000 women with cancer-causing mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, researchers at the Basser Center for BRCAthe Abramson Cancer Center, and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, identified mutations that are associated with significantly different risks of breast and ovarian cancers.

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Shadrack Frimpong of Penn to Establish Community Clinic and Girls’ School in Ghana

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:57

(This is the first in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President's Engagement Prize winners.)  

As a young student growing up in Tarkwa Breman, a rural village in Ghana, Shadrack Frimpong was surrounded by many bright peers, both male and female. But as the years passed, many of the female students stopped coming to school. 

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Morris Arboretum’s Out on a Limb Wins National 2015 Buildy Award

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:03

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania was one of two museums to win the 2015 Building Museums “Buildy” Award in recognition of its exemplary accomplishment in leading an institution through the challenging process of creating new museum construction.

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Penn, Johns Hopkins and UCSB Research: Differences in Neural Activity Change Learning Rate

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:53
blurb:  A new study suggests that recruiting unnecessary parts of the brain for a given task, akin to over-thinking the problem, plays a critical role in the difference between people who pick up a new skill faster or slower.

Why do some people learn a new skill right away, while others only gradually improve? Whatever else may be different about their lives, something must be happening in their brains that captures this variation.

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Penn-Rochester Study Identifies a Novel Way to Deliver Drugs to Control Dental Plaque

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:08

Therapeutic agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way to keep the drugs from being washed away.

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Penn Celebrates National Public Health Week

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:53

Penn's health schools are celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

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Penn Researchers Use ‘Soft’ Nanoparticles to Model Behavior at Interfaces

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:12
blurb:  By engineering nanoparticles that stick to an oil-water interface but not each other, Penn researchers have created a system that acts like a two-dimensional liquid.

Where water and oil meet, a two-dimensional world exists. This interface presents a potentially useful set of properties for chemists and engineers, but getting anything more complex than a soap molecule to stay there and behave predictably remains a challenge.   

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Penn to Participate in AAU’s Campus Climate on Sexual Misconduct Survey

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:09

The University of Pennsylvania is among 28 schools across the United States that will survey its students about sexual misconduct as part of a project sponsored by the Association of American Universities.

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Penn Professor Grant Frame Receives $250,000 NEH Grant for Humanities Project

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 16:48

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Grant Frame, University of Pennsylvania associate professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, a two-year $250,000 grant for his Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period Project. The award brings to nearly $950,000 the total NEH grants Frame has received for the RINAP Project since 2008.

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Odds of Reversing ICU Patients' Prior Preferences to Forgo Life-Sustaining Therapies Vary Widely Across the U.S., according to Penn Study

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:00

Intensive care units across the United States vary widely in how they manage the care of patients who have set preexisting limits on life-sustaining therapies, such as authorizing do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders and prohibiting interventions such as feeding tubes or dialysis, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their work is published in the current issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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HIV Patients Experience Better Kidney Transplant Outcomes than Hepatitis C Patients, According to Penn Study

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:58

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at theUniversity of Pennsylvania and published online in Kidney International.

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