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Penn IUR: Populations Bouncing Back Thanks to Urban ‘Reinvention’

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:47
blurb:  A new brief just released by the Penn Institute for Urban Research finds that city populations are bouncing back thanks to urban reinvention.

A new white paper just released by the Penn Institute for Urban Research, or Penn IUR, finds that after decades of urban decline, U.S. cities are growing again thanks in large part to their transition from an industrial-based economy to a knowledge-based economy.

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Penn Doctoral Candidate Studies Economic ‘Dynamic Game Theory’

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 13:58
blurb:  Research from University of Pennsylvania Economics grad student Daniel Hauser delves into dynamic game theory, parsing why businesses do what they do and how consumers make certain choices.

When you want to buy a new cell phone or eat out, how do you decide which brand to purchase or which restaurant to dine in?

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Penn Nursing's Wendy Grube Appointed Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:47

Wendy Grube, PhD, CRNP, Practice Associate Professor (effective July 1, 2016), has been appointed Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health.

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2016 Presidential Election

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:52
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Penn Study Links Recession Recovery, Increase in Commercial Truck Fatalities

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:24
blurb:  New findings by grad student Monica He of University of Pennsylvania reveal unexpected health consequences of economic recovery on fatalities involving large, commercial vehicles.

By Patrick Ammerman

What could be the downside to unemployment rates plummeting in recent years? One place to look is the road.

Research has shown that when the economy improves, motor vehicle fatalities also increase.

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Penn’s Annenberg School Hosts High School Students at Communication Studies Day

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:36

Smartphones and other high-tech gadgets let people of all ages shoot and edit videos and post them online.  But, to tell a story well, more thought has to go into the process. A group of doctoral students at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania has teamed up with budding cinematographers at Roxborough High School in Philadelphia to help them hone their production skills and become better video story tellers.

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Penn Chemists Establish Fundamentals of Ferroelectric Materials

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:28
blurb:  Researchers produced a mathematical model, built up from the principles of quantum mechanics rather than being derived from physical experiments, that will help find and design new "smart materials" to specification.

Ferromagnetic materials, like compass needles, are useful because their magnetic polarization makes them rotate to align with magnetic fields. Ferroelectric materials behave in a similar way but with electric, rather than magnetic, fields.

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Penn Professor’s Trip to Zambia Shines a Light on the Impact of Education

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:35

Impact Network’s eSchool 360 program provides access to education to more than 2,200 students in rural Zambia. But the project might not have been possible had it not been for lessons learned in a classroom in Philadelphia. 

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Exploring and Connecting Through the Penn Reading Project

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 10:18

When incoming freshman at the University of Pennsylvania are introduced to academic life through the Penn Reading Project this summer, the content of the material won’t be a book but a movie, “Citizen Kane.”

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Penn Study Finds Sorority Rush Process Negative, Membership Positive

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 10:09
blurb:  Research by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Melissa Hunt and alumna Colleen Kase found that sorority recruitment is often stressful, but once in the group, members feel supported.

College-age women who participate in sorority rush largely describe the process as negative but report a sense of belonging and support once they’re in the group, according to research from University of Pennsylvania psychologist Melissa Hunt and Penn alumna Colleen Kase.

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Penn-led Study Resolves Long-disputed Theory About Stem Cell Populations

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 09:56
blurb:  A team from the University of Pennsylvania has helped identify key characteristics that distinguish reserve stem cells from other stem cell populations that had been purported to have similar properties.

Adult stem cells represent a sort of blank clay from which a myriad of different cell and tissue types are molded and as such are of critical importance to health, ageing and disease.  In tissues that turn over rapidly, such as the intestines, the self-renewing nature of stem cells and their susceptibility to cancer-causing mutations has led researchers to postulate that t

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Gustavo Aguirre of Penn Vet Awarded Proctor Medal for Blindness Research

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 09:37
blurb:  The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology has awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s Gustavo D. Aguirre the 2017 Proctor Medal for his research in ophthalmology.

By Patrick Ammerman

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Political Scientist at Penn Spotlights the ‘Shadow of Unfairness’ in Democracy

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 15:07
blurb:  According to"The Shadow of Unfairness," a new book from Jeffrey Green, a person’s socioeconomic status on average determines his or her future opportunities, from education to career advancement.

“Life’s not fair” applies to some people more than others, according to Jeffrey Green, an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Penn Scientist Selected as Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 14:54
blurb:  Donita C. Brady, PhD, the Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by The Pew Charitable Trusts as one of its 22 Pew Scholars in Biomedical Sciences.

Donita C.

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Penn Study: New Antiviral Drugs Could Come From DNA ‘Scrunching’

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 14:21

Evidence of DNA “scrunching” may one day lead to a new class of drugs against viruses, according to a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. The team is led by Stephen C.

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Penn Volunteers in Public Service Award Five Scholarships to Local Students

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 13:42
blurb:  For 25 years, Penn Volunteers in Public Service has issued up to $1,000 in non-tuition scholarships and dorm necessities for college-bound students from West Philadelphia high schools.

As it has done for 25 years, Penn Volunteers in Public Service has provided as much as $1,000 in non-tuition scholarships to college-bound students from West Philadelphia high schools who were chosen based on community service and a

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Penn Smoking Research Lab Shows Not All Low Nicotine Cigarettes Reduce Harm

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 13:40

Switching to reduced nicotine content (RNC) cigarettes may not necessarily reduce harm to smokers, according to new research conducted by Penn’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA). Smokers also tend to ignore cautions contained in warning box labels, the authors found in a separate study.

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José Bauermeister Appointed Presidential Professor at Penn

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 11:54

José Arturo Bauermeister has been named the 10th Presidential Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1. The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.

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Statement from Penn President Amy Gutmann On the Tragedy in Orlando

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:46

Every person who cherishes freedom is heartbroken by the senseless and tragic violence that occurred in Orlando. On behalf of the entire Penn community I extend my deepest condolences and sympathies to the families who lost loved ones, and to all those in the LGBT and Hispanic communities who have been so personally devastated by this horrific act of terror.

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Penn Study Describes a Better Animal Model to Improve HIV Vaccine Development

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 16:53

Vaccines are usually medicine’s best defense against the world’s deadliest microbes. However, HIV is so mutable that it has so far effectively evaded both the human immune system and scientists’ attempts to make an effective vaccine to protect against it.

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