Engaging Globally

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

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A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151November 11, 2014

Senior Cait Breslin Complements Penn Education With Study Abroad

For University of Pennsylvania senior Cait Breslin, studying abroad in Buenos Aires and in Kolkata has been an important part of her college experience. And she says it is good preparation toward her long-term goal of becoming a physician.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 1, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine Welcomes Its First Thouron Scholar

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This year, the Thouron Scholars, a community of 700-plus whose disciplines range from geology to English literature, welcomed their very first dentist to the ranks.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 11, 2014

Collaborative Penn-Dresden Study Blocks Multiple Sclerosis Relapses in Mice

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In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and co-investigators have identified a key protein that is able to reduce the severity of a disease equivalent to multiple sclerosis in mice.

In multiple sclerosis, the immune system goes rogue, improperly attacking the body’s own central nervous system. Mobility problems and cognitive impairments may arise as the nerve cells become damaged.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 22, 2014

Want to Change the World? Penn Has a Prize for That

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The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway. As many as three seniors who design and undertake local, national or global engagement projects for the first year following their graduation will be selected for the President’s Engagement Prizes, which consist of $50,000 for living expenses and as much as $100,000 for project implementation expenses.

The big banner on the ARCH on Locust Walk and the emails from President Gutmann to the senior class have gotten the message out: The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573=8151October 19, 2014

Enriching Internship Could Lead to a Career for Penn Student

Jane Wu is getting an early start at the University of Pennsylvania on a possible future career in research to help save the environment and preserve human health.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 10, 2014

Penn Undergrad Maps an Italian Dialect to Help Preserve Its Heritage

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Sophomore Benjamin Finkel from Jenkintown, Pa., spent the summer mapping the dialect of a region in central Italy, examining the effect of its history and geography.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 3, 2014

Penn Vet Students Travel the World to Treat Wildlife

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It’s not unusual for students at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine to travel to far-flung locales caring for exotic animals. From Africa to Haitian goat farms and the southwest Alaskan coast, such excursions provide experiences that supplement a busy academic year of classes, research and clinic.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Every morning this past July, Max Emanuel, a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, would get up and drive to work. But Emanuel’s was no run-of-the-mill morning commute.

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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: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.