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Two University of Pennsylvania Seniors Win Rhodes Scholarships

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:27

Two University of Pennsylvania seniors have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for two to three years of graduate study at Oxford University.

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Penn Senior Adebisi Ogunrinde Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:07

Adebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde, a University of Pennsylvania senior from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has won a Rhodes Scholarship.  She is one of 11 recipients from Canada. Ogunrinde will pursue a masters in social anthropology and a masters in public policy at the University of Oxford.

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Four Penn Professors Among Class of 2015 AAAS Fellows

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:38

Four faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  They are among a class of 347 researchers that have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Penn Biologists Characterize New Form of mRNA Regulation

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 09:36
blurb:  In a new report in the journal Plant Cell, University of Pennsylvania biologists used material from both humans and plants to examine chemical modifications to messenger RNA, or mRNA, finding that the modifications appear to play a significant role in the process by which mRNAs either survive and become translated into protein or are targeted for degradation.

RNA, once thought to be a mere middleman between DNA and protein, is now recognized as the stage at which a host of regulatory processes can act to allow for flexibility in gene expression and thus the functions of cells and tissues.

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Penn Senior Jennifer Hebert Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 16:59

University of Pennsylvania senior Jennifer (Jenna) Hebert from Pittsburgh, Pa., has won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.

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Penn Public Safety Honors Campus Heroes, Lifesavers

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:33

Celebrating the work and dedication of law enforcement and public safety professionals from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as its neighborhood partners, Penn’s Division of Public Safety recognized more than 40 honorees at its biannual Commendation Ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Releases Year-end Giving Guide

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:35

The  University of Pennsylvania Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released its annual free, online 2015 High Impact Year-end Giving Guide outlining some of the most effective giving opportunities.

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Penn Researchers Discover Why E. coli Move Faster in Syrup-like Fluids Than in Water

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 16:41

Swimming in a pool of syrup would be difficult for most people, but for bacteria like E. coli, it’s easier than swimming in water. Scientists have known for decades that these cells move faster and farther in viscoelastic fluids, such as the saliva, mucus, and other bodily fluids they are likely to call home, but didn’t understand why.

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HUD Report, Penn Research Finds U.S. Homeless Numbers Continue to Decline

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 15:12

Homelessness in the United States continues to decline according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress and the report’s co-investigator Dennis Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

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Penn Chemists Put a New Twist on Chirality

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 12:34
blurb:  Chemistry’s Virgil Percec has lead a team of researchers in a study that shows chiral structures, which have a defined handedness, can be made out of a mix of left- and right-handed parts.

Biological molecules are chiral. Like gloves, they have either left- or right-handed versions that can’t be superimposed on one another. Macromolecules like DNA are also chiral and are exclusively made of building blocks with the same handedness.  

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Penn Helps Secure World Heritage City Designation for Philadelphia

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:28

The Organization of World Heritage Cities has voted to name Philadelphia as a World Heritage City.

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Penn Sociologists Dig Deep Into the Needs of South Philly’s Latino Immigrants

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:27
blurb:  Emilio A. Parrado, Chenoa Flippen, Amada Armenta, Heidy Sarabia and Edith Gutierrez of the Sociology department explored the challenges faced by South Philly’s Latino immigrant community.

Emilio A. Parrado is concerned about how immigrants incorporate into new communities.

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Penn Lightbulb Café Presents ‘A Medieval Buddhist Treatise on Love and Sex’

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 16:33

WHO:             Daud Ali

                      Associate Professor

                      Department of South Asia Studies

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Penn President Amy Gutmann to Receive 2015 Doer Award From Urban Affairs Coalition

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:16

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the 2015 Doer Award from the Urban Affairs Coalition Friday morning in Philadelphia.

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New Penn Program Will Support Interdisciplinary Research on Sex and Gender Differences

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:26
blurb:  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a $1.9 million award from the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health to establish the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program at Penn.

By Niharika Gupta

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A Message to the Penn Community Regarding the Terrorism in Paris

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 21:51

From Amy Gutmann, President

We mourn the terrible tragedy that has unfolded in Paris.  It is an unspeakable horror that terrorism has visited on this great city.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.  

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A Message to Penn Faculty, Students and Staff

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 09:40
blurb:  As universities across the country debate the often difficult but essential topics of inclusion, intolerance and free speech, we thought it important to reach out to everyone on campus with a reminder of the values and principles that are at the very heart of the University of Pennsylvania, and which define what it is to be a part of the Penn community.

A Message to Penn Faculty, Students and Staff
From

President Amy Gutmann
Provost Vincent Price
Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli
Executive Vice President J. Larry Jameson
Vice President Joann Mitchell
Vice Provost Anita Allen
Vice Provost Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum
Vice Provost Beth Winkelstein

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Ancient Mass Extinction Led to Dominance of Tiny Fish, Penn Paleontologist Shows

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:04
blurb:  According to new research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauren Sallan, a mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg event triggered a drastic and lasting transformation of Earth’s vertebrate community. Beforehand, large creatures were the norm, but, for at least 40 million years following the die-off, the oceans were dominated by markedly smaller fish.

When times are good, it pays to be the big fish in the sea; in the aftermath of disaster, however, smaller is better.

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Penn Ranks #1 in Safety and Security for Ninth Year in a Row

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 16:02
blurb:  The University of Pennsylvania's Division of Public Safety was ranked #1 in Security Magazine's "Security 500" list. Again.

The University of Pennsylvania was ranked #1 in safety and security in the higher education sector for the ninth consecutive year, according to Security Magazine’s “Security 500” list

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Penn Collaborating in NSF’s Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 15:47
blurb:  Massive datasets and novel computational techniques are changing how individuals and societies approach day-to-day tasks. Data analytics promise to deliver individually tailored treatment to medical patients, massively reduce energy use in buildings and radically improve teaching methods in schools, among other advances.

The University of Pennsylvania is taking part in the newly established National Science Foundation Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub.

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