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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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When a Penn Open Learning Class Ends, Continuing Education Does Not

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:27

For students in University of Pennsylvania Open Learning courses, the online education provided in the global classroom doesn’t end when the courses do.

Growing Old Around the Globe” from Penn’s School of Nursing is a shining example of the college-level continuing education that can be found in Penn’s free massive open online courses.

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NanoDay@Penn Hands Out Research and Image Awards

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:42
blurb:  The Nano/Bio Interface Center's NanoDay@Penn is a public education and outreach event and an opportunity to recognize student achievements, both in research and in creativity

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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For Penn Graduate Student Cherae McWilliams, a Field Placement Opens New Doors

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:53
blurb:  School of Social Policy & Practice student Cherae McWilliams believes in the human capacity for resilience and she's turning that belief into a career in social work.

Cherae McWilliams believes in the human capacity for resilience.

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Want to Change the World? Penn Has a Prize for That.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:03

The big banner on the ARCH on Locust Walk and the emails from President Gutmann to the senior class have gotten the message out: The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway.

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Penn Launches Climate Action Plan 2.0

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:59

Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania today announced the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.

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Linda Aiken of Penn Nursing Has Received Lienhard Award From Institute of Medicine

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:22
blurb:  Linda Aiken has received this honor for her research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving patient-centered, affordable health care.

Linda Aiken, a professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the 2014 Gustav O.

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Penn Physician and Historian Robert Aronowitz Elected to Institute of Medicine

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:13

Robert Aronowitz, a physician and historian at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in the health-care field.

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Penn’s 2014 Alumni Honors Include Founder of TED Wurman and Former Trustee Chair Riepe

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:03
blurb:  Richard Saul Wurman, founder of TED, and James S. Riepe, chairman of Penn’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009, are among seven alumni to be honored this year at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala.

The University of Pennsylvania will honor distinguished alumni at the 80th Annual Alumni Award of Merit Gala on Friday, Oct. 31.

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Penn Graduate Student Attends Prestigious Meeting of Nobel Laureates

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:57
blurb:  It’s not every day that a graduate student gets to meet a Nobel Laureate in her field. But this summer Rianne Esquivel, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to meet not just one but 37 Nobel Laureates, all leaders in biomedical sciences.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Penn Physicist Alison Sweeney Receives 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:53

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Wednesday that Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

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Penn Medicine Announces Naming of Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:41

A $10 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania to name the Paul F. Harron, Jr.

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Penn Medicine: New Gene Therapy for "Bubble Boy" Disease Appears to be Safe, Effective

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:28

A new form of gene therapy for boys with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID-X1), a life-threatening condition also known as “bubble boy” disease, appears to be both effective and safe, according to an international clinical trial with sites in Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, London, a

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Penn Study Evaluates Medical Resident Assessment Tool to Reduce Unnecessary Tests and Treatments

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:36

A first-of-its-kind set of questions included in the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination (IM-ITE) illustrates the need to better evaluate resident proficiency in high-value care (HVC), according to a new study published in Annals of

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Penn’s Martin Seligman Honored With Inaugural TANG Prize for Lifetime of Work

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:43

Martin Seligman, the director of the Positive Psychology Center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences, will be honored with the inaugural

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Penn’s Field Center to Host Annual Field of Dreams Luncheon

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:39
blurb:  The Field Center will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, honoring four leaders who created the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, a groundbreaking facility that allows for the joint investigation of child abuse.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, Friday, Oct. 24, at the College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia.

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Penn Vet Study Monitors Effects of IV Fluid on Circulation During Surgery

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:13
blurb:  That network of small vessels, collectively known as the microcirculation, was the focus of a recent study led by a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian. Using a video microscope to record the blood flow of dogs undergoing spay surgeries, the investigation found that increasing the amount of fluid delivered to the animal enhanced the total number of vessels receiving blood flow.

Almost anyone who has spent time in a hospital is familiar with the routine checks of blood pressure and oxygen levels that serve as signposts of a patient’s overall health.

But these measures only reflect the pulsing of blood through the large vessels, arteries and veins, not the smaller arterioles, venules and capillaries, which directly feed tissues and cells.

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