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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 4, 2010

Penn’s Positive Psychology Center Awards $2.9 Million for Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the John Templeton Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards, $2.9 million given to 15 new research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology.

The winning projects explore a range of topics including how the brain enables humans to flourish, the biological bases of altruism and the effects of positive interventions on the brain.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 3, 2010

Two University of Pennsylvania Chemists Named American Chemical Society Fellows

PHILADELPHIA — Marsha I. Lester and Gary Molander of the University of Pennsylvania have been named 2010 fellows of The American Chemical Society, an honor bestowed on 192 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

Growing Up Poor Can Affect Brain Development

August 1, 2010

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences says poverty may affect brain function.

Article Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Another Drop for Sociology

August 2, 2010

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences co-authors a job-market report for the American Sociological Association.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

Clinton Comments, Korea Drills Roil US-China Ties

July 28, 2010

Arthur Waldron of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on territorial disputes in China.

Article Source: Associated Press

Who Lives in This Room?

July 19, 2010

Joan DeJean of the School of Arts and Sciences authors a piece on the meaning and function of the living room.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 July 23, 2010

First Step Towards Electronic DNA Sequencing: Translocation Through Graphene Nanopores

PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new, carbon-based nanoscale platform to electrically detect single DNA molecules.

Using electric fields, the tiny DNA strands are pushed through nanoscale-sized, atomically thin pores in a graphene nanopore platform that ultimately may be important for fast electronic sequencing of the four chemical bases of DNA based on their unique electrical signature.

Kidney Disease Is Parasite-Slaying Protein's Downside

July 16, 2010

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses “Jekyll-and-Hyde genetic variations."

Article Source: Science
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 21, 2010

Collaboration Leads to Simpler Method for Building Varieties of Nanocrystal Superlattices

PHILADELPHIA –- Collaboration by chemists, physicists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania has created a simple and inexpensive method to rapidly grow centimeter-scale membranes of binary nanocrystal superlattices, or BNSLs, by crystallizing a mixture of nanocrystals on a liquid surface.

Aged 9,000 Years, Ancient Beer Finally Hits Stores

July 20, 2010

Patrick McGovern of Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences uses historical evidence to resurrect ancient brews.