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Penn Research Helps Develop Predictive Model of How Humans Estimate Speed

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 16:31

Most studies of psychological mechanisms involve watching those mechanisms in action and then devising a theory for how they work.

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Penn Study Identifies Viral Product That Promotes Immune Defense Against RSV

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:43
blurb:  Research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Carolina López found a viral product that promotes a strong immune response against respiratory syncytial virus, a threat to infants and the elderly.

Almost all human beings are exposed to the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, before their second birthdays. For most, the symptoms mimic those of the common cold: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever.

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2016 Kelly Writers House Fellows Announced at Penn

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:55

The University of Pennsylvania will host Samuel R. Delany, Eileen Myles and Matthew Weiner as Kelly Writers House fellows during the spring 2016 semester. 

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Penn and German Researchers Help Identify Neural Basis of Multitasking

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:48
blurb:  By studying networks of activity in the brain's frontal cortex, researchers have shown that the degree to which these networks reconfigure themselves while switching from task to task predicts people’s cognitive flexibility.

What makes someone better at switching between different tasks?

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Recycling Rare-earth Magnets’

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 16:25

WHO:             Eric J. Schelter

                      Associate Professor

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Exploring Family Roots Through Penn

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:15

Kristen Kelly exudes confidence as she quickly strides across the University of Pennsylvania campus. Through her academic pursuits and the relationships she’s developed at Penn, the native Philadelphian is comfortable with her multi-racial identity and with her place in the world.

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Penn Social Policy & Practice's Voices for Votes: Real Talk on the Key Social Justice Issues for '16 Election

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:20

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) will be hosting “Voices for Votes: Real Talk on the Key Social Justice Issues for the 2016 Presidential Election.”

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Penn Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million in Kaufman Foundation Awards

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 16:45

University of Pennsylvania researchers will receive five of the 10 grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across Pennsylvania.

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Engineering Sophomore at Penn Researches Deception and Humor in Business

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:00
blurb:  Mark Liam Murphy, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., spent his summer exploring business psychology topics, like humor and deception, as a part of the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program.

As students, engineers-to-be rarely get a chance to examine topics in business psychology, but Mark Liam Murphy, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., spent his first summer on campus at the University of Pennsylvania doing just that. 

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Penn English Professor Awarded Janus Pannonius Prize for Poetry

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 16:47

Charles Bernstein, a University of Pennsylvania English professor, is the recipient of the 2015 Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry, along with Guiseppe Conte of Italy.

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World Water Week at Penn

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:57
blurb:  Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬. 

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Stanton Wortham Appointed Faculty Director of the Penn Online Learning Initiative

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 15:16

 

Stanton Wortham has been named faculty director of the Online Learning Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Sept. 1. He is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

The announcement was made by Provost Vincent Price and Beth Winkelstein, vice provost for education.

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Experiment Attempts to Snare Penn Astrophysicist’s Dark Energy ‘Chameleons’

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:34

If dark energy is hiding in the form of hypothetical particles called “chameleons,” a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, plans to flush them out.

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Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against MERS Induces Immunity in Animal Study, Penn Researchers Find

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:13

A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Some Health Insurance Websites Show Improved Efforts to Support Patient Decision Making, Penn Medicine Experts Find

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:12

Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, experts from the 

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Penn Medicine: Targeting HIV in Semen to Shut Down AIDS

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:10

There may be two new ways to fight AIDS -- using a heat shock protein or a small molecule – to attack fibrils in semen associated with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the initial phases of infection, according to new research from the 

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Fears Of Potentially Blinding Complication From Avastin Eye Injections Are Overblown, According to Penn Study

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:08

Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug Lucentis made by the same company, according to new research from the 

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Health Care Innovation Isn't About Smart Phone Apps, Penn Medicine Researchers Say

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:06

Health care has much to learn from innovative high-tech companies, but not in the way most people think, according to a Perspective published today in the New England Journal of Me

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Spread of Cancer from Pancreas Arises from the Interactions of Multiple Types of Wayward Cells

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:05

Tumor cells associated with pancreatic cancer often behave like communities by working with each other to increase tumor spread and growth to different organs.

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Penn Study Finds Important Gaps in Evidence for Best Methods for Cleaning Hospital Rooms to Prevent Healthcare-associated Infections

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:03

Tray tables, bed rails, light switches, and toilets: All are common vectors for swapping germs between patients and health care workers.

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