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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194November 18, 2014

Penn-led Team Prevents Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

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 | | 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 | | 215-573-6604November 14, 2014

Penn Psychologist Develops Cognitive Therapy Book for IBS Patients

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 | | 215-898-8721 November 14, 2014

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

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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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820November 24, 2014

Penn ‘College Day’ Gives Lea Students a Look Into a Promising Future

Sophomore Ray Clark, a political science major from Washington, D.C., helped to organize "College Day," which welcomed nearly 35 eighth-graders from Lea Elementary School to Penn's campus as honorary college students.

Nearly 35 pre-teens received their acceptance letters to the University of Pennsylvania -- at least for one day.

On Friday, Nov. 21, eighth-graders from the Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia became honorary college students at Penn during College Day 2014.

Ebola: Doctors Without Borders Shows How to Manage a Plague

November 13, 2014

Renée Fox of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Bord

Article Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

My Crystal Ball Is Cloudy: The Historian as Public Intellectual

November 13, 2014

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts & Sciences is interviewed about the historian as public intellectual.

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11 Ways the 2014 Elections Will Impact Your Wallet

November 12, 2014

Rogers Smith of the School of Arts & Sciences shares his thoughts on the impact of the 2014 elections.

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Brain-Sharpening Ice-Chewing Compulsion May Be a Vestige of Mammalian Evolution

November 11, 2014

Melissa Hunt of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured for studying why people with iron deficiency often crave

Article Source: Nova Next, WHYY