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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151November 19, 2014

Brainy and Buff on Display at Mr. and Ms. Penn Competition

University of Pennsylvania students can be both brainy and brawny, as the Mr. and Ms. Penn bodybuilding competition demonstrates.

On Nov. 3, Zellerbach Theater was packed with family and friends as 29 contestants vied for the titles.

Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read

October 15, 2014

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for her approach to teaching students grit.

Article Source: National Geographic

BLP Conversations: Jonathan D. Moreno & John Pankow

November 19, 2014

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences and actor John Pankow discuss<

Article Source: Bellevue Literary Press
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 19, 2014

Student’s Fresh Start at Penn Opens Up New Opportunities

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Annie Bennett just transferred to Penn this semester. She's already pledged a sorority and is participating in various other campus organizations, including the Field Hockey Club.

Annie Bennett was half way to graduation at a small liberal arts college when she made the decision to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2014

Penn-developed Method for Selecting Mental Health Treatments Receives $160,000 Award

MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a new United Kingdom-based charitable organization that supports mental health research, announced Wednesday the first major investment of its new flagship research program, PsyIMPACT. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is amon

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 18, 2014

Penn-led Team Prevents Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

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In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don’t get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory formation.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 18, 2014

Penn Senior’s Nonprofit Global Youth United Is a Catalyst for Social Change

Katherine Mateo is a leader and mentor with a passion to make the world a better place. The senior who entered the University of Pennsylvania three years ago as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and Civic Scholar is director of Global Youth United, a Philadelphia-based organization that helps high school-age students identify social problems in the world and develop strategic plans to address them.

The Cure for Panic: Ebola in Historical Perspective

November 13, 2014

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences writes from a historical perspective about the Ebola epidemic.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 14, 2014

Penn Psychologist Develops Cognitive Therapy Book for IBS Patients

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Irritable bowel syndrome, a condition affecting up to 10 percent of the population, often occurs alongside anxiety and depression. Melissa Hunt, an associate director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed a self-help workbook for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat patients with IBS and improve their quality of life.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone 

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Media Contact:Gina Bryan | bryangm@upenn.edu | 215-898-8721 November 14, 2014

NAACP Leader to Deliver Annual Higginbotham Lecture Nov. 20 at Penn

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Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Africana Studies and Law School, this year’s speaker is Sherilynn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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