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Learning to Lead at Penn

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:42

Beginning in her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, Dandi Zhu figured that being successful could only be helped by being around other women who wanted, as she did, to be leaders

That’s what drew her to Ware College House’s Women in Leadership residential program.

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Helping Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Penn Students Stay True to Who They Are

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:25

University of Pennsylvania junior Roderick Cook believes that it’s important for those in positions of privilege and power to redistribute resources to help marginalized communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

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Arabic Language Immersion Preps Penn Senior for Government Service Career

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:58

Blake Harwood first developed a passion to learn languages in high school as a teenager in Highland Park, Ill. when she won a scholarship to study Arabic in Cairo for six weeks in a foreign exchange student program.

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Penn Abroad in Tanzania Is Educational, Enlightening and Thrilling

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:47

Waking up and seeing a two-ton elephant nearby sounds like it could be a scene from a movie, but that’s exactly what University of Pennsylvania student Hannah Watene experienced while studying abroad in Tanzania.

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Bioethics Commission, Chaired by Penn’s Gutmann: Ebola Teaches Health Preparedness Requires Ethics Preparedness

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:39

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, chaired by Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, reported today that the federal government has both a prudential and a moral responsibility to actively participate in coordinated global responses to public health emergencies wherever they arise.

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Penn Trustees Approve Design for Pennovation Center at Pennovation Works Site

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:23

The design development for the new Pennovation Center has received approval from the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. This 58,000-square-foot, three-story facility is located in the heart of the Pennovation Works, Penn’s 23-acre site along the southern bank of the Schuylkill River and adjacent to the University campus.

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Penn Announces 2015-16 Financial-aid Budget, Tuition

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:40

The University of Pennsylvania announced today that it has authorized a $206 million financial-aid budget for 2015-16 — the largest in the University’s history — while increasing total undergraduate charges by 3.9 percent.

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Penn Vet Researchers Identify Effective Treatment for Niemann Pick Type C

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:53
blurb:  A study coming out in Science Translational Medicine and led by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine researchers has shown that cats with the rare disease Niemann Pick type C — which mirrors the human version of the disease — show vast improvements when treated with a compound called cyclodextrin.

Niemann Pick Disease type C, or NPC, is a disease most people have never heard of, affecting just one person in 150,000. Yet the disease is a devastating one. Frequently diagnosed in children in their elementary school years, sufferers usually die by the time they’re 20.

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Penn Medicine Physician Finds No Preventive Benefits for Widely Used Kidney Cancer Drugs

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:23

Two widely used targeted therapy drugs— approved by the FDA for use in metastatic kidney cancer —are no more effective than a placebo in preventing return of the disease to increase life spans of patients suffering from advanced kidney cancer after surgery, according to new results to be presented by a researcher at the U

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Sharing Personal Stories of Penn’s Morris Arboretum

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 15:22

The history of the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum has been chronicled in written stories over the years, but now an audio history series offers an insider’s view from people with strong ties to the organization from the early days to the present.

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Three Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:50
blurb:  Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Research Fellowship recipients.

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Eczema Medication Unlikely to Increase Risk of Cancer in Children, Penn Team Finds

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:50

The topical eczema medicine pimecrolimus appears unlikely to be associated with an increased risk of cancer in children, based on a group of children who were followed for 10 years, 

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Penn Medicine Study Describes Development of Personalized Cellular Therapy for Brain Cancer

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:48

Immune cells engineered to seek out and attack a type of deadly brain cancer were found to be both safe and effective at controlling tumor growth in mice that were treated with these modified cells, according to a study published in Scienc

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Penn Experience Leads Two Seniors to Real World Results

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 15:37

A friendship formed while studying business at the University of Pennsylvania led two students from India to co-found a start up business. The pair, now seniors, say they’ve learned a lot about themselves in the process.  

Pranshu Maheshwari, from Chennai, and Yash Kothari, from Mumbai, first met before the start of their freshman year at a reception in India for newly accepted Penn students.

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Theodore Ruger Named Dean of Penn Law School

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:02

Theodore Ruger has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, effective July 1. Ruger has served as a member of the faculty for more than a decade and the school’s deputy dean since 2013.  The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.

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CANCELLED: Penn Science Café Presents ‘A Story of the Southern Ocean’ With Irina Marinov

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:42
blurb:  Irina Marinov will discuss future expected changes in the Southern Ocean's circulation and physics under a warming climate, and the repercussions for the rest of the planet.

WHO:             Irina Marinov

                      Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Penn Student Chronicles the Emergence of Interdisciplinary Science Through Architecture

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 15:25
blurb:  Brit Shields, a graduate student in History and Sociology of Science, explores the role the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter played shaping the growth of interdisciplinary research at Penn.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Collaboration across scientific disciplines can lead to groundbreaking innovation. But, just as it takes a special type of scholar to cross academic boundaries, it takes a special type of building to make interdisciplinary alliances possible.

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An Introduction to ‘Differential Privacy,’ from Penn Professor Aaron Roth

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:56

The ability to amass, store, manipulate and analyze information from millions of people at once has opened a vast frontier of new research methods. But, whether these methods are used in the service of new business models or new scientific findings, they also raise questions for the individuals whose information comprises these “big data” sets.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to Speak at Penn’s 259th Commencement

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:45

Samantha Power, the United States permanent representative to the United Nations, a member of President Obama’s cabinet and a Pulitzer-prize winning author, will deliver the address at the 2015 University of Pennsylvania Commencement on Monday, May 18, Vice President and University Secreta

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Penn Researchers Develop New Technique for Making Graphene Competitor, Molybdenum Disulphide

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:07
blurb:  Physics’ A.T. Charlie Johnson and Engineering’s Ritesh Agarwal, along with members of their labs, have a new way to "seed" the growth of a promising new 2-D material.

Graphene, a single-atom-thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a replacement for silicon in electronic devices due to its extremely high conductivity and unbeatable thinness. But graphene is not the only two-dimensional material that could play such a role.

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