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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 5, 2010

World Is Full of Darkness, Reflected in the Physiology of the Human Retina, Penn Researchers Say

PHILADELPHIA –- Physicists and neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania have linked the cell structure of the retina to the light and dark contrasts of the natural world, demonstrating the likelihood that the neural pathways humans use for seeing are adapted to best capture the world around us. 

US Apologises for '40s Syphilis Study in Guatemala

October 2, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on a case of unethical governmental medical testing in the 1940s.

Article Source: Associated Press

The Cost of Lost Shut-Eye

September 30, 2010

Siobhan Banks of the School of Medicine discusses the effects of sleep deprivation.

Article Source: Men’s Health

Scientist as Subject

October 1, 2010

James Hoxie, Robert Doms and Carl June of the School of Medicine are cited for their AIDS research.

Article Source: The Scientist

Study: Computerized Order Entry System Has Unintended Consequences

September 27, 2010

Brian Strom and other researchers at the School of Medicine are cited for their study involving a computerized physician order-entry system.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Accident Led to Cancer Treatment for 'Philadelphia Chromosome'

September 29, 2010

Peter Nowell of the School of Medicine is featured discussing his co-discovery of the Philadelphia chromosome.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

How a West Philadelphia Family Overcame Child Obesity

September 27, 2010

Shiriki Kumanyika of the School of Medicine says “high-calorie foods and beverages are heavily advertised, and healthier options are harder to find in many African-American and low-income communities.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

'Off-Grid' Cellphone Towers Could Save Lives

September 22, 2010

Harvey Rubin of the School of Medicine and the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response authors a piece on cell-phone coverage.

Article Source: NewScientist

Experimental Heart-Valve Surgery Bringing Hope to Many

September 23, 2010

Howard Herrmann and Joseph Bavaria of the School of Medicine lead a study involving state-of-the-art heart valves.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 21, 2010

Penn Researchers Tap Into Cell Power to Create Building “Skins” That Adapt to Heat/Light of Environment

PHILADELPHIA –- Engineers, design architects and cell biologists from the University of Pennsylvania will use a National Science Foundation grant to utilize the flexibility and sensitivity of human cells as the models for next-generation building “skins” that will adapt to changes in the environment and increase building energy efficiency.