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Three Penn Researchers Awarded 2016 Sloan Fellowships

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 17:15
blurb:  Three Penn Researchers, Matthew Kayser, Zongming Ma and Golnaz Vahedi, received 2016 Sloan Fellowships.

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among recipients of this year’s Sloan Research Fellowship, two from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, one from Penn’s read more

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Public (Mis)understanding of Evolution’

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 14:09

WHO:           Michael Weisberg

                     Chair and Professor

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MaryFrances McCourt Named Penn Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:12

MaryFrances McCourt has been named Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at the University of Pennsylvania

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A Voyage of Discovery for Freshmen at Penn

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 15:25

Ian Petrie is not a maritime historian. And none of the 12 students who enrolled in his freshmen seminar had substantive experience with handwritten 19th-century manuscripts.

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Penn Announces 2016-17 Financial-aid Budget, Tuition

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:54

The University of Pennsylvania announced today that it has authorized a $214 million financial-aid budget for 2016-17 — the largest in the University’s history — while increasing total undergraduate charges by 3.9 percent.

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Frederick Steiner Named Dean of Penn Design

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:01

Frederick “Fritz” Steiner will be the next dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, effective July 1. 

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Penn Researcher Contributes Engineering Expertise to Solving Dental Maladies

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 12:38

Dentistry is often described as part art, part science. Geelsu Hwang, a research associate in the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, wants to add engineering to the mix.

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New Penn Study Links Moving More With Decreased Mortality

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:11
blurb:  Doctoral candidate Ezra Fishman of the University of Pennsylvania found that for adults aged 50 to 79 moving more, even 10 minutes of light activity daily, predicts lower mortality rates.

“Get up and move.”

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Penn Study: Machine Learning at Arraignments Can Cut Repeat Domestic Violence

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 15:29
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers Richard Berk and Susan B. Sorenson found that using machine learning at arraignments can cut repeat domestic violence.

In one large metropolitan area, arraignment decisions made with the assistance of machine learning cut new domestic violence incidents by half, leading to more than 1,000 fewer such post-arraignment arrests annually, according to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania.

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7th Annual Penn Public Policy Challenge Finals

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 17:35

WHO &  WHAT:          

The Public Policy Challenge invites students from across the University of Pennsylvania to develop a policy proposal based on an issue that affects Philadelphia, such as education, public health, homelessness, recidivism and others.

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Penn Medicine Research Finds Drug That Curbs Heavy Drinking is More Effective in Patients with Specific Genotype

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:34

The drug topiramate (Topamax) is effective at helping alcohol-dependent individuals and heavy drinkers avoid heavy drinking, but many patients and clinicians have shied away from using the drug due to its reputation for side effects, such as drowsiness and cognitive difficulties.

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3D Mammography Improves Cancer Detection and Cuts "Call Backs" Over Three Years

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:29

The increased cancer detection and reduced call backs associated with 3D mammography, also known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), can be maintained years after a patient’s first DBT screening with regularly scheduled DBT imaging, according to a read more

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New Mathematical Model Explains Variability in Mutation Rates Across the Human Genome

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:22

It turns out that the type, how frequent, and where new mutations occur in the human genome depends on which DNA building blocks are nearby, found researchers from the Perelman School of Medicin

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Researchers Find Testosterone Treatment Improves Sexual Activity, Walking Ability and Mood in Men Over 65

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:20

As men age, their testosterone levels decrease, but prior studies of the effects of administering testosterone to older men have been inconclusive.

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To Encourage Physical Activity, Potential to Lose a Financial Reward is More Effective than Gaining One, Penn Study Shows

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:18

Financial incentives aimed at increasing physical activity were most effective when the rewards were put at risk of being lost, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the Unive

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Penn Band Receives Musicopia Inspire Award

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:35

In addition to playing the soundtrack to a number of sporting events at the University of Pennsylvania and on the road, many members of the Penn Band share a love for playing instruments and contributing their time and talent via outreach to the Philadelphia community.

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Penn Lightbulb Café Presents: A Fourth Century C.E. Earthquake That Shook the World

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 14:05

WHO:          Cam Grey

                    Associate Professor

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University of Pennsylvania Announces 2016 Thouron Award Winners

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 17:11

Five University of Pennsylvania seniors and three alumni have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom.

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Penn Research: An FDA-approved Alzheimer’s Drug Could Help Smokers Quit

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:47
blurb:  Rebecca Ashare of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Heath Schmidt, of Penn Medicine and the School of Nursing, are repurposing an FDA-approved Alzheimer’s drug to test whether it helps smokers kick their habit.

Despite several safe drug therapies available to help smokers quit, three-quarters report relapsing within six months of a quit attempt.

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