School of Arts & Sciences

Giant Clams’ Shiny Shells Could Inspire New Solar Power Tech

October 2, 2014

Alison Sweeney of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses her research on how giant clams harness the sun.

Article Source: Fox News
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 2, 2014

The ‘Doctor’ Is In: Science Major Kicks Gluteus Maximus in Men’s Soccer Club at Penn

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Menvekeh Daramay's soccer teammates lovingly call him "Doc." The 21-year-old senior lived in West Africa until age 10 and now, he's planning to become a doctor.

Menvekeh Daramay has been playing soccer since age 5.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 2, 2014

DNA ‘Bias’ May Keep Some Diseases in Circulation, Penn Biologists Show

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In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, University of Pennsylvania researchers Joseph Lachance and Sarah A. Tishkoff investigated a process called gene conversion in the context of the evolution of human populations. They found that a bias toward certain types of DNA sequences during gene conversion may be an important factor in why certain heritable diseases persist in populations around the world.

It’s an early lesson in genetics: we get half our DNA from Mom, half from Dad.

But that straightforward explanation does not account for a process that sometimes occurs when cells divide. Called gene conversion, the copy of a gene from Mom can replace the one from Dad, or vice versa, making the two copies identical.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2014

Research From Penn and UCSB Shows How Giant Clams Harness the Sun

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Researchers have now shown how giant clams use iridescent structures to thrive, operating as exceedingly efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as a source of food. This understanding could have implications for alternative energy research.

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

The Odds, Continually Updated

September 29, 2014

Uri Simonsohn of the School of Arts & Sciences and the Wharton School is cited for reporting on common statistical

Article Source: New York Times

India’s Modi Comes Full Circle at Madison Square Garden

September 28, 2014

Devesh Kapur of the School of Arts & Sciences shares his thoughts on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to

Article Source: Time
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151September 29, 2014

La Casa Latina at Penn Marks 15th Anniversary

For some University of Pennsylvania students, La Casa Latina is the next best thing to being at home with their families.

Changing Bad Habits the Smart Way

September 28, 2014

Katherine Milkman of the Wharton School comments on how to build new and better habits.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Demonstrating to Young Minds the Possibilities of Physics

September 26, 2014

Larry Gladney of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for visiting a local high school for a physics demons

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

My Dad, the Psychodramatist

September 26, 2014

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences writes about his new book abou

Article Source: Psychology Today