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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 26, 2009

Fighting Sleep, Penn Researchers Reverse the Cognitive Impairment Caused By Sleep Deprivation

PHILADELPHIA –- A research collaboration led by biologists and neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has found a molecular pathway in the brain that is the cause of cognitive impairment due to sleep deprivation. Just as important, the team believes that the cognitive deficits caused by sleep deprivation, such as an inability to focus, learn or memorize, may be reversible by reducing the concentration of a specific enzyme that builds up in the hippocampus of the brain.

Telltale Times? Try Poe

October 25, 2009
Thomas Devaney of the School of Arts and Sciences authors an op-ed on Edgar Allen Poe.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

CSI, Iraq: Old Treasures' New Storyline

October 24, 2009
Janet Monge, Richard Zettler and student Samantha Cox of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Museum discuss the Museum exhibit “Iraq's Ancient Past.”
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

All Hail the Sacred Texts of Golf

October 24, 2009
Jeremy McInerney of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his research on the ancient Olympic games.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal

ASGH 2009: Problems of Blood

October 24, 2009
Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for research on African genetic diversity.
Article Source: Nature

At FIRE's 10th-Anniversary Bash, Nat Hentoff Touches Off a Blaze

October 23, 2009
Alan Charles Kors of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for co-founding the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Answers From the Admissions Dean of the University of Pennsylvania, Part 3

October 23, 2009
Dean Eric Furda of Admissions continues his Q&A with Times readers.
Article Source: New York Times

Darwin Lives! Modern Humans Are Still Evolving

October 23, 2009
Douglas Ewbank of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Population Studies Center discusses the ongoing impact of Darwin’s theories of evolution.
Article Source: Time
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 22, 2009

Penn Launches Web Site Tracking Research Funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania has launched a Web site to inform the public of scientific research funding it has received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus measure that has delivered the largest increase in basic funding in the history of federally funded scientific research: $21.5 billion.

Soon, Drugs to Combat Insomnia’s After-Effects

October 22, 2009
Ted Abel of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his research on sleep deprivation and medications.
Article Source: BBC and Times of India