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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2015

Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

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Five Penn graduate students are beginning their journeys as ELISS fellows this spring. Four other Penn students are wrapping up their experiences in the program’s inaugural year and reflecting on the lessons they’ve gleaned about working across disciplines for the public good.

“In today’s world, the stereotype of the nerdy scientist, by himself, looking at a microscope, is no longer accurate and no longer useful,” says Gabriel Innes, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Small K-12 Interventions Can Be Powerful

January 6, 2015

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for administering an intervention that asked students to

Article Source: Education Week

Scientists Conjure Curves From Flatness

January 6, 2015

Toen Castle and Randall Kamien of the School of Arts & S

Article Source: Quanta Magazine

The PM Will Have to Bend the Sangh Parivar to His Will: Devesh Kapur

January 3, 2015

Devesh Kapur of the School of Arts & Sciences is interviewed about the challenges India will face in 2015.

Article Source: Business Standard

Who Will Be the GOP’s Conservative Culture Hero?

January 5, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences writes about who will serve as

Article Source: Huffington Post

Audio: Can the Internet Be Policed?

January 5, 2015

Guobin Yang of the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts & Sciences discusses how the Chinese g

Article Source: “The Inquiry,” BBC

A Hundred Years’ Failure

January 3, 2015

Eric Schneider of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the War on Drugs.

Article Source: Politico.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 21, 2015

Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease, According to Penn Research

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Penn researchers have now shown that the social media platform Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what’s on their minds.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 31, 2014

Penn Scientists Identify Patterns of RNA Regulation in the Nuclei of Plants

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In a new study done in plants, University of Pennsylvania biologists give a global view of the patterns that can affect the various RNA regulatory processes that occur before these molecules move into the cytoplasm, where they are translated into the proteins that make up a living organism.

When the human genome was first sequenced, experts predicted they would find about 100,000 genes. The actual number has turned out to be closer to 20,000, just a few thousand more than fruit flies have. The question logically arose: how can a relatively small number of genes lay the blueprint for the complexities of the human body?

What’s the Best Way to Make a Resolution Stick?

December 22, 2014

Judith Beck of the School of Arts & Sciences shares how a buddy system helps individuals stick to their New Year re

Article Source: Wall Street Journal