School of Arts & Sciences

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

Video: In Depth With Mary Frances Berry

September 7, 2014

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured about her advocacy work and books.

Article Source: C-SPAN

Video: Can Dogs Be Trained to Detect the Smell of Cancer?

September 6, 2014

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

Article Source: PBS NewsHour

Mayor of Latvian Capital: Putin Is ‘Best Thing Possible’ for Latvia

September 6, 2014

Kevin Platt of the School of Arts & Science shares his opinion about the Latvian capital’s mayor expressing his thoughts on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Article Source: Huffington Post

A Long Series of Uncertainties

September 3, 2014

Adam Goodman, a graduate student in the School of Arts & Sciences, sheds light on the migrant trail from Central America to the United States.

Article Source: The Nation
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604September 9, 2014

Penn Research Shows How Brain Can Tell Magnitude of Errors

University of Pennsylvania researchers have made another advance in understanding how the brain detects errors caused by unexpected sensory events. This type of error detection is what allows the brain to learn from its mistakes, which is critical for improving fine motor control.