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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 3, 2009

Penn Researchers Demonstrate a New Model for Drug Discovery With a Fluorescent Anesthetic

PHILADELPHIA –- A collaboration of University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin chemists and anesthesiologists have identified a fluorescent anesthetic compound that will assist researchers in obtaining more precise information about how anesthetics work in the body and will provide a means to more rapidly test new anesthetic compounds in the search for safer and more effective drugs.

The study is published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 1, 2009
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 24, 2009

Penn’s G. Edward DeSeve Appointed to Oversee Federal Stimulus Program for Obama Administration

PHILADELPHIA –- G. Edward DeSeve, senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, has been appointed senior advisor to the Office of Management and Budget for Recovery Act Implementation, special advisor to the president and assistant to the vice president.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 24, 2009

Visual Learners Convert Words to Pictures in the Brain And Vice Versa, Says Penn Psychology Study

PHILADELPHIA –- A University of Pennsylvania psychology study, using functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to scan the brain, reveals that people who consider themselves visual learners, as opposed to verbal learners, have a tendency to convert linguistically presented information into a visual mental representation. The more strongly an individual identified with the visual cognitive style, the more that individual activated the visual cortex when reading words.

The opposite also appears to be true from the study’s results.

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Media Contact:Gail Luciani | luciani@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475March 20, 2009

Frederick A. Murphy Honored With $100,000 Penn Vet World Leadership Award


PHILADELPHIA –- Frederick A. Murphy has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award. Murphy is the James W. McLaughlin Professor in Residence, Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 20, 2009

University of Pennsylvania ArtsEdge Residency Project Accepting Applications for 2009-10 Academic Year

PHILADELPHIA –- Applications are now being accepted by the University of Pennsylvania ArtsEdge Residency Project, which boosts the career of an emerging visual artist and a rising writer by supporting their artistic collaboration in a shared live/work space near campus while strengthening their ties with Penn’s writing and artistic communities.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 17, 2009
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Media Contact:Kim Guenther | kim.guenther@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-200-2312March 13, 2009

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Find that the Unexpected Is a Key to Human Learning

PHILADELPHIA – The human brain’s sensitivity to unexpected outcomes plays a fundamental role in the ability to adapt and learn new behaviors, according to a new study by a team of psychologists and neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 11, 2009

Penn Professor Part of Committee Investigating Defense Challenges for Nonproliferation Beyond Former U.S.S.R.


PHILADELPHIA -- Harvey Rubin, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response, is among seven internationally recognized experts who have compiled a National Academy of Sciences report on the biological threats and nonproliferation challenges faced by the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4045March 10, 2009

Penn Museum to Open "Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya"


PHILADELPHIA –- A world-renowned collection of ancient Maya painted pottery, excavated by the University of Pennsylvania Museum nearly a century ago and reinterpreted in light of recent research, provides the centerpiece for “Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya,” an exhibition opening at Penn Museum April 5 and running through December before beginning a multi-city national tour.