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Local High School Grads Receive Public Service Scholarships Courtesy of Penn

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 16:06
blurb:  The University of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers in Public Service scholarship program awarded supplemental scholarships to five local high school students at a ceremony Tuesday, June 9.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers in Public Service scholarship program awarded supplemental scholarships to five local high school students at a ceremony Tuesday, June 9.  

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Penn Researchers Show How Cells Solve Biochemical Challenges as They Get Bigger

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:30
blurb:  Just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, a population of cells contains larger and smaller individuals. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now shown how the two copies of nuclear DNA in most cells’ chromosomes can serve a cell of any size.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

In any textbook diagram, a group of red blood cells, skin cells or nerve cells will typically be identical in size. But, just as no two people are quite the same height and weight, in a population of real cells there are larger and smaller individuals.

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Evolution Is Unpredictable and Irreversible, Penn Biologists Show

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 14:56
blurb:  A study by University of Pennsylvania biologists now provides evidence that, at the molecular level, evolution is both unpredictable and irreversible.

Evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould is famous for describing the evolution of humans and other conscious beings as a chance accident of history. If we could go back millions of years and “run the tape of life again,” he mused, evolution would follow a different path. 

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Processing Arrested Juveniles as Adults Has Small Effect on Criminal Recidivism, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 14:01

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found a three to five percent reduction in the probability of criminal recidivism among a sample of juveniles arrested for felony drug offenses, some of whom were processed as adults due to their age at the time of their arrests.

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Penn VIPS Scholarships Honor Local High School Students for Community Service

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:18
blurb:  Penn will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service. These scholarships will cover expenses that are not typically covered in financial-aid packages.

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The University of Pennsylvania will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service.

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Yoga, Running, Weight Lifting, and Gardening: Penn Study Maps the Types of Physical Activity Associated with Better Sleep Habits

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:48

Physical activities, such as walking, as well as aerobics/calisthenics, biking, gardening, golfing, running, weight-lifting, and yoga/Pilates are associated with better sleep habits, compared to no activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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High Levels of Moral Reasoning Correspond with Increased Gray Matter in Brain

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:47

Individuals with a higher level of moral reasoning skills showed increased gray matter in the areas of the brain implicated in complex social behaviordecision making, and conflict processing as compared to subjects at a lower level of moral reasoning, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with a researcher from Charité Universitätsmediz in Berlin, Germany. 

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Eating Less During Late Night Hours May Stave off Some Effects of Sleep Deprivation, Penn Study Shows

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:45

Eating less late at night may help curb the concentration and alertness deficits that accompany sleep deprivation, according to results of a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sle

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Reverberations in Metabolism: Protein Maintains Double Duty as Key Cog in Body Clock and Metabolic Control, Penn Study Finds

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:43

Around-the-clock rhythms guide nearly all physiological processes in animals and plants. Each cell in the body contains special proteins that act on one another in interlocking feedback loops to generate near-24 hour oscillations called circadian rhythms.

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At Penn, Field Center’s Conference Draws Attention to Child Trafficking

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:42

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host a June 10-12 conference addressing some of today's critical issues such as child trafficking and underrepresented populations in the child welfare system.

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Penn Study: Americans Give Up Personal Data for Discounts, They Believe Marketers Will Get It Anyway

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:06

Marketers have said for years that Americans give up their data online, on apps and in stores because of the benefits they receive, such as discounts or special offers.  But a new national survey from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication rebuts this claim and offers a new explanation: resignation.

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Penn Researchers Home in on What's Wearing Out T Cells

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 14:53

Sometimes even cells get tired. When the T cells of your immune system are forced to deal over time with cancer or a chronic infection such as HIV or hepatitis C, they can develop "T cell exhaustion," becoming less effective and losing their ability to attack and destroy the invaders of the body.

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Penn Historian Discusses the Threat Birds Posed to the Power Grid in 1920s California

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 10:42
blurb:  In a new paper in the journal Environmental Humanities, the University of Pennsylvania’s Etienne Benson examines the suspected cause of the problems to the power grid in Southern California in the 1920s: voluminous streams of bird excrement.

In 1913 in Southern California, two 241-mile-long electric lines began carrying power from hydroelectric dams in the Sierra Nevada to customers in Los Angeles—a massive feat of infrastructure. In 1923, power company Southern California Edison upgraded the line to carry 220,000 volts, among the highest voltage lines in the world at the time.

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Penn Engineers Show How “Perfect” Materials Begin to Fail

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:47

Crystalline materials have atoms that are neatly lined up in a repeating pattern. When they break, that failure tends to start at a defect, or a place where the pattern is disrupted. But how do defect-free materials break?

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Mellon Foundation Awards $2 Million to Support Digital Humanities at Penn

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:12

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded the University of Pennsylvania a $2 million grant to support University initiatives in the digital humanities in both Penn Arts and Sciences and Penn Libraries.

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Penn Vet Lends Expertise to Improve Colombian Cattle Producers’ Livelihoods

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:57
blurb:  Emphasizing a holistic management approach based on sound nutrition and assisted reproduction strategies, the University of Pennsylvania’s Victor Absalón-Medina's aim is to promote cross-institutional collaborations to help Colombian farmers keep their animals healthy, productive and profitable.

Cattle in the United States are generally managed to either produce milk or to produce beef. However, in most of the world, cattle are counted on to do both in what are called dual-purpose production systems.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Novel Use of 3-D Imaging Technique for Precise Measurement of Injectable Wrinkle Reducers

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:54

A three-dimensional imaging technique often used in the automotive and aerospace industries for accurate measurement may be useful to measure the efficacy of injectable wrinkle reducers such as Botox and Dysport, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Penn Medicine: Wide Variability in Organ Donation Rates: Midwest Leads Nation in Highest Rates of Donations

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:47

More than 123,000 Americans are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, but 21 patients die each day because there aren't enough organs to go around. New research shows wide variation in the number of eligible organ donors whose loved ones consent to organ donation across the country.

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Dean of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine: Precision Medicine is “Personalized, Problematic, and Promising”

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:45

The rapidly emerging field of precision medicine is a “disruptive innovation” that offers the possibility of remarkably fine-tuned remedies to improve patient health while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects, says J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Penn Medicine Authors Emphasize Importance of Clinically Actionable Results in Genetic Panel Testing for Breast Cancer

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:43

While advances in technology have made multigene testing, or “panel testing,” for genetic mutations that increase the risk of breast or other cancers an option, authors of a review published today in the 

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