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Behind the Scenes of Penn’s 2014 New Student Orientation

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:31

New Student Orientation at the University of Pennsylvania is not just about newcomers learning about Penn. It is also about current-student volunteers getting better acquainted with themselves.

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Penn Undergrad Researches Cross-cultural Implications of the ‘Gangnam Phenomenon’

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:53
blurb:  University Scholar Sheryl Li, a senior from Plano, Texas, spent two summers researching the impact of Korean Wave and K-pop and its influence in China and then Japan.

By Christina Cook

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New Students Volunteer in West Philadelphia as Part of Penn Community Teamworks

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:11
blurb:  Incoming graduate students from the School of Social Policy & Practice spent the day volunteering and making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

Sixteen incoming graduate students and one alumna of the University of Pennsylvania spent the day making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

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Senior Leads Penn Women’s Ice Hockey Club Into the 2014-15 Season

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:17
blurb:  She's only been on the ice for three years, but senior Alyssa Johncola from Northeast Philadelphia is leading the pack as the president of the women's ice hockey club at Penn.

Alyssa Johncola is an unstoppable force at the University of Pennsylvania.

She’s the president, right winger and former substitute goalie of the women’s ice hockey team, a club made up of both graduate and undergraduate students at Penn.

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Penn Study: Electronic Alerts Significantly Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:03

A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

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Penn Student Assists in Developing an Economic Growth Plan in Guatemala

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:48

In a very poor but picturesque region of Guatemala, Seth Amos spent the summer working to help a town to develop an economic growth strategy.  

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Penn Sophomore Speaks at U.N. Human Rights Session in Geneva

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:17

In testimony before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Benjamin Fogel spoke out against the repression of political freedom, false imprisonment and the absence of an independent judiciary in Belarus. But Fogel isn’t a world leader or foreign-policy expert.

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Taking ‘The Condom Pledge’: Penn Student’s Project Leads to Global Changes

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:12
blurb:  A graduate student at the Perelman School of Medicine created The Condom Pledge, a social media and lifestyle campaign that calls for young people around the world to promise to use condoms and share their oaths to do so.

Jason Parad is changing lives, and he’s doing it with condoms.

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Penn Prof Al Filreis to Host N.Y. Public Library Inaugural ‘ModPo’ MOOC Meet-up

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:15

In the New York City area, online students in a University of Pennsylvania massive open online course on modern poetry are getting the chance to meet offline.

The venue is the New York Public Library where learners in Penn English professor Al Filreis’Modern and Contemporary American Poetry” MOOC can gather for weekly in-person discussions.

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Penn President Amy Gutmann to Welcome Incoming Freshmen

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:35

WHO:            Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, and incoming freshmen

WHAT:          Move-in for Penn's Class of 2018

WHEN:          Aug. 22, 2014, 11am

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Penn Sophomore Seeks to Improve Pneumonia Vaccines

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:10
blurb:  University Scholar sophomore Ivan Ye from Iowa City, Iowa, has spent the summer conducting research focused on identifying a vaccine for pneumonia in the lab of Hao Shen, associate professor of microbiology at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

By Christina Cook

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Penn Engineering Postdoc Duygu Kuzum Is One of ‘Innovators Under 35’

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:22
blurb:  The process of information flow in the brain is fundamentally different from that in a silicon chip, but Duygu Kuzum aims to bridge that gap through transparent, graphene-based electrodes.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Mertz Named Director of Student Sexual Violence Prevention, Education at Penn

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:47

Jessica A. Mertz has been named Director of Student Sexual Violence Prevention and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life, made the announcement.

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Penn Study Finds Dopamine Replacement Therapy Associated with Increase in Impulse Control Disorders Among Early Parkinson's Disease Patients

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:17

New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients compared to the general population.

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Penn Doctoral Candidate Minh Nguyen Sets His Sights on Curing Diseases

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:54
blurb:  Doctoral candidate in chemistry Minh Nguyen’s desire to help cure disease led him to Penn. He is currently researching a compound that may help in the treatment of cancer.

Minh Nguyen says he dropped out of medical school after just one year when he realized that there was a better way to save lives.

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Penn Student May Have Found His Calling While Pursuing Religious Studies

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:48

What started out as a summer volunteer project and a journey to Thailand to learn about Buddhism may lead to a career choice for University of Pennsylvania student James An.

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Student Campaign at Penn Spotlights Cultural Resource Centers on Campus

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:49

Through a student-led video and poster campaign, University of Pennsylvania students are getting the word out about six cultural resource centers available to help classmates achieve success inside and outside the classroom. 

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Penn IUR Publishes New Report on Universities as Anchor Institutions

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 14:10
blurb:  Penn IUR has released The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation Districts. a new report that examines the power of universities as anchor institutions.

Penn IUR has just released a new report that examines the power of universities as anchor institutions. The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation Districts explores the motivations and strategies behind six universities investing in revitalization and innovation beyond their c

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Penn Engineers Help Record an Electron’s Quantum Behavior

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:54
blurb:  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Konstanz, Germany, have developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of an individual electron contained within a nanoscale defect in diamond. Their technique uses ultrafast pulses of laser light both to control the defect’s entire quantum state and observe how that single electron state changes over time.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of California, Santa Barbara and University of Konstanz, Germany, have developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of an individual electron contained within a nanoscale defect in diamond.

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