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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604September 14, 2014

Penn Research Helps Uncover Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151September 11, 2014

Penn Student Seeks Adventure Through Study Abroad

For University of Pennsylvania senior Olivia Route, some of the most exciting and enriching experiences she’s had as a student have happened while studying abroad.

Does Your Think Tank Accept Rubles?

September 11, 2014

James McGann of the Wharton School and the School of Arts & Sciences shares his thoughts on U.S. think tanks.

Article Source: Bloomberg View

Audio: Penn Gathering Focuses on Vital Role of Humanities and Modern Research

September 10, 2014

Karen Beckman of the School of Arts & Sciences highlights Penn’s HAIKU conference.

Training Dogs to Sniff Out Cancer

September 10, 2014

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Charlie Johnson of the School of Arts & Sciences discuss cancer detection.

Article Source: New York Times

Misjudgment Calls

September 10, 2014

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for her research on the term “grit.”

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820September 9, 2014

Penn NROTC Student Mary Brass Pushes Herself and Mentors Others to Be Fit

Midshipman Mary Brass is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion and is a top performer in the Navy's twice-a-year physical readiness tests.

Midshipman Mary Brass is just as strong as her name sounds.

Penn Grad Student Makes Thriller Debut

September 9, 2014

Graduate student Matt Cook of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured for having his first thriller novel published.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194September 9, 2014

Penn Study Finds Genetic Mutations Linked With Ethnic Disparities in Cancer

In a new study published in the journal BMC Medical Genomics, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania identified more than 30 previously undescribed mutations in important regulatory molecules called microRNAs. Many of these mutations influence whether a person develops cancer or the severity of the disease.

One of the goals of genome sequencing is to identify genetic mutations associated with increased susceptibility to disease. Yet by and large these discoveries have been made in people of European or Asian ancestry, resulting in an incomplete picture of global genetic variation in disease vulnerability.

The VA: Trouble From the Start

September 7, 2014

Beth Linker of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the Veterans Administration.

Article Source: Boston Globe