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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 11, 2015

Penn/Arizona Team to Study Little-understood lncRNA Molecules

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With an award of more than $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program, the University of Pennsylvania’s Brian Gregory will join two scientists from the University of Arizona to study the true nature of a class of mysterious RNA molecules known as lncRNA.

There is a theory that RNA, instead of DNA, is the original building block of all life. Yet many RNA molecules remain mysterious, their true nature and function little understood.

How Positivity Makes You Healthy and Successful

August 10, 2015

 

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for researching how pessimism is not good for health.

Article Source: Entrepreneur

Female Visibility Matters

August 7, 2015

 

Salamishah Tillet of the School or Arts & Sciences pens an op-ed about Sandra Bland and the #SayHerName campaign.

Article Source: New York Times Magazine
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 7, 2015

Penn Student Travels to Israel for Eye-opening Lessons in Civil Society

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Amidst the religious, political and social unrest in Israel, Brittany Keesling from the Fels Institute of Government, along with four students from the School of Social Policy & Practice, learned about the possibilities for peace.

Amidst the religious, political and social unrest in Israel, one student from the University of Pennsylvania got a look at a diverse group of learners who explored the possibilities for a peaceful coexistence.

Should Bioethicists “Get Out of the Way” of CRISPR Research?

August 6, 2015

 

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about CRISPR.

Article Source: Popular Science

Philly Professors School the Class of 2019 on College Life

August 6, 2015

 

Camille Charles of the School of Arts & Sciences shares her advice on the college experience.

Article Source: PhillyVoice.com

Why DARPA Is Paying People to Watch Alfred Hitchcock Cliffhangers

July 28, 2015

 

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is mentioned for co-authoring a paper titled, “Neuroscience, Ethics and National Security: The State of the Art.”

Article Source: Washington Post

Take the Quiet Revolution Personality Test

August 5, 2015

 

Scott Barry Kaufman of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for co-developing a test to indicate where an individual falls on the introvert-extrovert spectrum.

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 5, 2015

Lightning Reshapes Rocks at the Atomic Level, Penn Study Finds

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At a rock outcropping in southern France, a jagged fracture runs along the granite. The surface in and around the crevice is discolored black, as if wet or covered in algae. But, according to a new paper coauthored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Reto Gieré, the real explanation for the rock’s unusual features is more dramatic: a powerful bolt of lightning.

At a rock outcropping in southern France, a jagged fracture runs along the granite. The surface in and around the crevice is discolored black, as if wet or covered in algae.

Sniffing Out Ovarian Cancer

August 4, 2015

Charlie Johnson of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Arts & Sciences is mentioned as a physicist and director of Penn’s Nano/Bio Interface Center.

Article Source: Mosaic