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New Graduate Reflects on Academics and Advocacy at Penn

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:59

May graduate Tania Chairez never planned to become an activist, but soon after she arrived at the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman, she found a new calling. Chairez became an advocate for undocumented residents of the United States.

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Penn Prof Testifies at U.S. Senate Hearing on Minority Serving Institutions

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 13:03
blurb:  Marybeth Gasman, the director of Penn's Center for Minority Serving Institutions, testified about the importance of MSIs and the many obstacles they surmount.

Marybeth Gasman from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education testified before the United States Senate Committee

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Penn Team Identifies Promising New Target for Gum Disease Treatment

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:11
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers have been searching for ways to prevent, half and reverse periodontitis. In a report published in the Journal of Immunology, they describe a promising new target: a component of the immune system called complement.

Nearly half of all adults in the United States suffer from the gum disease periodontitis, and 8.5 percent have a severe form that can raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and pregnancy complications.

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New Book from Penn GSE Researcher Explores Racial Literacy in Schools

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 15:44
blurb:  Penn GSE's Howard Stevenson has written a new book, "Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference," which shows parents, teachers and administrators how to effectively resolve racially charged conflicts through storytelling.

Racism and racial stereotyping still haunt America’s schools and foster academic underachievement, but “racial literacy” may pave the way toward better understanding and stronger, more successful students.

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Penn Researcher Studies Effects of Common Anti-depressant on Brain Peptide Thought to be Responsible for the Development of Alzheimer's

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 16:56

A University of Pennsylvania researcher has discovered that the common selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) citalopram arrested the growth of amyloid beta, a peptide in the brain that clusters in plaques that are thought to trigger the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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Penn Study Reveals Breastfeeding, Birth Control Pills May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk Among Women with BRCA Gene Mutations

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 16:54

Breastfeeding, tubal ligation – also known as having one’s “tubes tied” – and oral contraceptives may lower the risk of ovarian cancer for some women with BRCA gene mutations, according to a comprehensive analysis from a team at the University of Pennsylvania's Basser Research Center for BRCA and the 

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Study from Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center Helps Dispel Commonly-Held Beliefs about Cancer Care and Patient Demands for Treatment

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 16:52

Despite claims suggesting otherwise, inappropriate cancer patient demands are few and very rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers, according to new results from a study that will be presented by researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center  (ACC) and the Perelma

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Penn Medicine: Large Panel Genetic Testing Produces More Questions than Answers in Breast Cancer

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 16:50

While large genetic testing panels promise to uncover clues about patients’ DNA, a team of researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) has found that those powerful tests tend to produce more questions than they answer.

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"Bystander" Chronic Infections Thwart Development of Immune Cell Memory, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 16:48

Studies of vaccine programs in the developing world have revealed that individuals with chronic infections such as malaria and hepatitis tend to be less likely to develop the fullest possible immunity benefits from vaccines for unrelated illnesses.

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Penn Vet Study Reveals Salmonella’s Hideout Strategy

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:48
blurb:  A study led by researchers in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine reveals how some Salmonella bacteria hide from the immune system, allowing them to persist and cause systemic infection.

The body’s innate immune system is a first line of defense, intent on sensing invading pathogens and wiping them out before they can cause harm. It should not be surprising then that bacteria have evolved many ways to specifically evade and overcome this sentry system in order to spread infection.

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Penn Researchers Show Human Learning Altered by Electrical Stimulation of Dopamine Neurons

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 13:23
blurb:  A new study may hold potential for rehabilitation after injury or for treating addictive behaviors.

Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Bioethics Commission Plays Early Role in BRAIN Initiative; Penn’s Gutmann Is Chair

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:15

A new report from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues calls for the integration of ethics across the life of neuroscientific research endeavors.

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Penn Partners Break Ground on FMC Tower at Cira Centre South

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 09:40
blurb:  On May 14, President Amy Gutmann joined city and state officials and project partners from Brandywine Trust and FMC Corp. at the groundbreaking for the new FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, a new gateway to Penn's campus.

On May 14, 2014, with fireworks, a 50-foot banner and a dramatic unveiling in which partner logos were unearthed at the project site at 30th and Walnut Streets, more than 200 dignitaries and guests gathered to mark the groundbreaking of FMC Tower at Cira Centre® South – the final phase in the collaborative redevelopment of U.S.

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Michael X. Delli Carpini’s Term Extended as Dean of Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:25

Michael X. Delli Carpini, professor of communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, has agreed to an extension of his term as dean until June 30, 2018. 

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PEARLS Fellow at Penn Gives Back to Other Veterans

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 17:16
blurb:  Pete Freudenberger was once an Army soldier. Now, thanks to the School of Social Policy & Practice's PEARLS Fellowship program, he's giving back as a social worker with the specialized skills that it takes to work with military members and their families.

Twenty years ago, Pete Freudenberger took an oath when he enlisted in the United States Army.

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Social Work Student at Penn Helps in West Philadelphia and Overseas

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:44
blurb:  Kristen Smith, a social work student in Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice, regularly volunteers in the local community. But this summer, she's taking a trip halfway around the world -- and volunteering there, too.

Some University of Pennsylvania students are determined to change the world, while others set their sights closer to home by focusing on improving their local communities. Kristen Smith, a social work student at the School of Social Policy & Practice, wants to do it all.

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Penn GSE Researcher Helps MTV Launch Anti-Bias Campaign

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:30
blurb:  MTV has launched Look Different, a new anti-bias campaign, with the help of Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, the associate director of the International Educational Development Program at Penn's Graduate School of Education.

One researcher at the University of Pennsylvania wants her MTV -- and has contributed to the development of the network’s new anti-bias campaign, Look Different.

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