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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 28, 2013

Memories Are ‘Geotagged’ With Spatial Information, Penn Researchers Say

Using a video game in which people navigate through a virtual town delivering objects to specific locations, a team of neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Freiburg University has discovered how brain cells that encode spatial information form “geotags” for specific memories and are activated immediately before those memories are recalled.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 2, 2013

Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn Releases Guide on ‘Giving Tuesday’

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After “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” there is “Giving Tuesday.” “Giving Tuesday” highlights a practice that’s long existed. Traditionally, the holiday season and the end of the year have been active in terms of donations to charities and non-profit organizations. Nearly 25 percent of philanthropic gifts will be made between now and Dec. 31. This year on “Giving Tuesday,” the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy will launch its first multi-platform guidance for donors who want to know that their end-of-year giving will make the greatest difference in the lives of others.

After “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” there is “Giving Tuesday.”

“Giving Tuesday” highlights a practice that’s long existed. Traditionally, the holiday season and the end of the year have been active in terms of donations to charities and non-profit organizations. Nearly 25 percent of philanthropic gifts will be made between now and Dec. 31.

This year on “Giving Tuesday,” the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy will launch its first multi-platform guidance for donors who want to know that their end-of-year giving will make the greatest difference in the lives of others.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 26, 2013

Penn Researchers Find Number of Homeless Continues to Decline

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Homelessness across the United States continues to decline, according to a new report co-authored by University of Pennsylvania researchers. In 2013, there were 610,042 people homeless on a given night. While 65 percent were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing, 35 percent were living in places not usually used for housing accommodations, such as cars, airports, parks, abandoned buildings or bus or train stations. Nearly one quarter of the homeless people counted were younger than 18.

Homelessness across the United States continues to decline, according to a new report co-authored by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

In 2013, there were 610,042 people homeless on a given night. While 65 percent were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing, 35 percent were living in places not usually used for housing accommodations, such as cars, airports, parks, abandoned buildings or bus or train stations.

Nearly one quarter of the homeless people counted were younger than 18.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 26, 2013

Penn Science Café: Squid Camouflage

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Alison Sweeney has a Ph.D. in biology, yet is a member of Penn’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. What is a physicist doing studying giant clams and exotic squid? Her research is focused on photonic structures found in these creatures that give them unique and surprising abilities.

WHO:            Alison Sweeney
                     Assistant Professor of Physics

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 25, 2013

Penn Alumna Meghan Hussey Awarded George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Meghan Hussey, a 2012 University of Pennsylvania graduate, is one of 12 Americans selected to receive a George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate studies in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 25, 2013

Researchers at Penn Uncover Mechanism Behind Blood Stem Cells’ Longevity

The blood stem cells that live in bone marrow are at the top of a complex family tree. Such stem cells split and divide down various pathways that ultimately produce red cells, white cells and platelets.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 3, 2013

Penn Student Finds Her Calling in Printmaking and Public Service

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If University of Pennsylvania senior Loren Kole could give her younger freshman year self some advice, it would be this: Don’t get hung up on what you think you should be doing.

If University of Pennsylvania senior Loren Kole could give her younger freshman year self some advice, it would be this: Don’t get hung up on what you think you should be doing.

Like most of her Ivy League contemporaries, Kole is a high achiever in and out of the classroom.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2013

Penn’s AppItUP Challenge Will Culminate With Launch of Five New Companies

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In the AppItUP Challenge, faculty and staff are encourage to submit their ideas for mobile applications, which are then judged by a panel of venture capital partners. The top ten ideas then go on to a public event, where development partners bid for the opportunity to turn the ideas into functional prototypes.

WHO:              Anthony H. Williams
                       Pennsylvania State Senator

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 14, 2013

Penn Student’s Serendipitous Snapshot Develops Into Award-Winning Image

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For one University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, promoting increased access to education around the globe led to an unanticipated title: award-winning photographer.

For one University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, promoting increased access to education around the globe led to an unanticipated title: award-winning pho

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 12, 2013

Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Offers Best Ways to Help After Typhoon

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a list of the top tips for donors, providing up-to-date information about smart philanthropic ways to help the people in the Philippines.