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Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

A new study by Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.

Science & Technology

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  • Penn's New AddLab Boasts 3-D Printers for a 3-D World

    Penn's New AddLab Boasts 3-D Printers for a 3-D World

    Thanks in part to an anonymous $250,000 gift, Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is opening the AddLab, a new facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

  • PIK Prof Chris Murray: From Industry to Ivy League

    PIK Prof Chris Murray: From Industry to Ivy League

    For Christopher B. Murray, the promise of major investments in nanoscale science and technology—including a commitment to build what is now the world-class Krishna P.

  • Network Visualization Program fuses Science and Art

    Network Visualization Program Fuses Science and Art

    Science and art are often perceived to be at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. But Danielle Bassett, a 2014  MacArthur Fellow, believes the two disciplines can inform each other in tangible ways.

  • Rehabilitation With the Help of Robots

    Rehabilitation With the Help of Robots

    From automated assembly lines to personalized flying drones, robots are opening up new possibilities in the realms of both work and play.

  • Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Draw a line with a pencil and it’s likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material that earned two scientists the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. The graphite of that pencil tip is simply multiple layers of carbon atoms; where those layers are only one atom thick, it is known as graphene.

  • The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    To investigate the interplay between climate change and the ocean, Irina Marinov, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, focuses her attention on…

  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

Penn in the news

‘I Wanted to Solve Problems’ October 27, 2014 | Chronicle of Higher Education

Ryan Charles Hynd of the School of Arts & Sciences is profiled about his journey as a black man in the STEM field.


Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon October 26, 2014 | MIT Technology Review

Andrew Rappe of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for his collaborative research on the performance of ferroelectric materials.


Penn Researchers Hope Blue Paradox Sheds Light on Seasonal Mood Disorders October 23, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Graduate student Manuel Spitschan and David Brainard of the School of Arts & Sciences and Geoffrey Aguirre of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about researching the biological effects of blue light.


Artifacts Reveal That Early Humans Adapted to Very High Elevations October 23, 2014 | Christian Science Monitor

Anthropologist Katherine Moore of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “You’ve heard the term ‘follow the money?’ In archeology, we follow the obsidian.”


Self-help Workbook Helps Ease IBS Symptoms October 22, 2014 | Reuters (Consultant 360)

The School of Arts & Science’s Melissa Hunt is featured for studying how a self-help book works with patients who have irritable bowel syndrome.


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