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Penn and UC Merced Researchers Match Physical and Virtual Atomic Friction Experiments

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:26

Technological limitations have made studying friction on the atomic scale difficult, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Merced, have now made advances in that quest on two fronts.

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Penn Mentoring Program Provides Undergraduates Advice on Post-grad Study, Career Paths

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:48
blurb:  When Vidya Daryanani, a University of Pennsylvania sophomore from Lima, Peru, wanted guidance on possible career paths, she felt she couldn’t just go to her fellow undergraduates. Instead, she found her perfect mentor in the Grad-Undergrad Mentoring Program housed at Penn’s Graduate Student Center.

By Julie McWilliams

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Penn GSE’s Laura Perna Testifies to House Subcommittee on Higher Education Issues

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:32
blurb:  Laura Perna, from Penn's Graduate School of Education, testified before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training that the U.S. is inadequately preparing its future workforce.

Laura Perna, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, testified on April 30 to a United States House of Representatives panel that the U.S.

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National Academy of Sciences Elects Penn Professor and Incoming Professor

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 15:14

Dorothy Cheney, a biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Abraham Nitzan, a chemist who will join Penn’s faculty in July, have been elected members of the National Academy of Scien

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Penn’s Institute for Urban Research and Monument Lab Announce May 15th Opening Event at City Hall and Full Schedule of Daily Events

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 13:52

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia is pleased to announce a full programmatic calendar, including a preview event at the Center for Architecture on May 8, an opening event and dedication at City Hall on May 15, a speaker’s series at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and daily lunchtime speakers at the Monument Lab in the central courtyard of City Hall.

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Penn Professor Grant Frame Translates Royal Inscriptions of Neo-Assyrian Period

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 11:00

A love of murder mysteries that he picked up from his mother helped Grant Frame become adept at reading and comprehending the ancient language of Akkadian to translate the royal inscriptions of reigning Neo-Assyrian kings.

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Penn Libraries Launches ‘OPenn’ Digital Resources Online Platform

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:07

Some rare books and manuscripts from Penn Libraries can now be accessed online through the new OPenn digital resources website, http:/openn.library.upenn.edu.

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Penn IUR’s Monument Lab Leverages Culture to Inspire Dialogue for the City

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:09

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a collaborative project based at the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and the City of Philadelphia, is pleased to announce partnerships with three of Philadelphia’s major arts and culture organizations: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency).

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Penn Senior Matthew Lisle: Adapting to Climate Change Through Water Security

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:43
blurb:  One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be meeting the world’s growing water needs in the face of a changing climate. Like other environmental challenges, achieving water security will require innovation on many fronts.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

(This is the fifth and last in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.)  

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$10 Million Gift Elevates ICA’s Artist-centered Vision

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:36

Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, announces a monumental gift of $10 million for ICA’s curatorial program generously given by Daniel W. Dietrich, II. The largest gift in the museum’s history nearly doubles ICA’s endowment.

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University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Chemical Sciences Program Partners with Baruch S. Blumberg Institute

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:10

Partnership offers research and work experience to Penn graduate students

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Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Offers Advice on Aid to Nepal

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:43
blurb:  The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has posted online guidance for donors who want to assist with post-disaster relief, whether one has $10 or $10,000 to give.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has developed online guidance to assist donors wishing to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. 

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Penn Prof David Brownlee Inducted Into Society of Architectural Historians

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:46

David Brownlee has been named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians. Brownlee was inducted into the SAH at its 68th Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago on April 16.

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Penn’s Quiz Bowl Club Answers Life’s Toughest Questions, Takes Home Championship

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:05
blurb:  The Quiz Bowl team traveled to a national championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the unmatched brainpower of four students brought a new trophy home to Penn.

Trivia is not trivial for one club at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Penn to Host the First U.S.-India Think Tank Summit in New Delhi April 27-29

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:03
blurb:  The U.S.-India Think Tank Summit will be the first and largest meeting of think tanks and policymakers ever held in India with more than 70 participating institutions from throughout the country. The summit is designed to forge closer ties between think tanks in India and in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

WHO:           James McGann, director, University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, and senior lecturer, Lauder Institute                

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Penn Pioneer in Personalized Medicine Advocates that National Translational Medicine Consortia is Best Equipped to Drive Human Phenotyping for the Clinic

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:32

President Barack Obama launched the "Precision Medicine Initiative” this past winter during the State of the Union address, and politicians on both sides of the aisle applauded the announcement. Broadly, precision medicine is meant to help diagnose individuals more accurately and better tailor treatment according to their physiology.

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Two Researchers from Penn's Perelman School of Medicine Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:49

Two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been elected as new members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

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University of Pennsylvania Team Receive Prestigious National Clinical Research Award for HIV Breakthrough

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:39

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are among the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Clinical Research Achievement Award for their personalized gene therapy work in HIV.

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Penn IUR’s Eugenie Birch Elected President of the U.N.’s General Assembly of Partners

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:23

Eugenie Birch, co-director of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, has been elected as the first president of the new General Assembly of Partners (GAP), a special initiative of the United Nation’s World Urban Campaign. Birch was elected at the GAP’s inaugural meeting, held in Nairobi, Kenya in mid-April.

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Penn Study Identifies Molecular Link Between DNA Damage and Premature Aging

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:10
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers found that inactivating interferon signaling in a mouse model of progeria, or premature aging, extended the animals’ lives.

Like a beloved pair of jeans, human DNA accumulates damage over time, and older people’s bodies can’t repair it as well. Many scientists believe a build up of damage can cause cells to enter an irreversible dormant state known as senescence.

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