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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 2, 2015

Penn Professor Shows How ‘Spontaneous’ Social Norms Emerge

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A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola provides a scientific explanation for how social conventions – everything from acceptable baby names to standards of professional conduct – can emerge suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, with no external forces driving their creation.

Fifteen years ago, the name “Aiden” was hardly on the radar of Americans with new babies. It ranked a lowly 324th on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names. But less than a decade later, the name became a favorite, soaring into the top 20 for five years and counting.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 28, 2015

Penn-led Study: Children With Respiratory Failure Can Be Awake Yet Comfortable in ICU

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Standard practice in hospitals is to fully sedate children on ventilators for their comfort and safety, but a new study shows that lighter, more finely-tuned sedation can be just as effective.

For small children, being hospitalized is an especially frightening experience above and beyond the challenges of whatever they are being treated for. They are often connected to a variety of unpleasant tubes and monitors, which they may instinctively try to remove.    

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 28, 2015

Gospel Choir Fuels Hopefulness and Happiness at Penn

For members of the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, singing and producing shows together is a joyful and meaningful part of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
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Media Contact:Richard Kubetz | rkubetz@illinois.edu | 217-244-7716January 26, 2015

Researchers at Penn, Berkeley and Illinois Use Oxides to Flip Graphene Conductivity

Graphene, a one-atom thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a revolutionary material that will take the place of silicon at the heart of electronics. The unmatched speed at which it can move electrons, plus its essentially two-dimensional form factor, make it an attractive alternative, but several hurdles to its adoption remain.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 26, 2015
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 23, 2015

Four Finalists Compete for the Rights to Commercialize Penn Nanotech in Third Annual Y-Prize

The University of Pennsylvania Y-Prize Competition has announced the four finalists who will battle for $5,000 and rights to commercialize their application of Penn nanotechnology at the third annual Y-Prize Grand Finale.

WHO:

 Penn students presenting business plans for commercializing three different nanotechnology inventions.     

WHAT:

Grand Finale of the Y-Prize, which will award $5,000 and non-exclusive commercialization rights to the winning team.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology
3205 Walnut St.
University of Pennsylvania

A Visit to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital

At Ryan Veterinary Hospital, the highest levels of medical expertise are matched by deeply human compassion and a recognition of the special bond people have with their animal companions.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 21, 2015

Seeing The World Through New Penn Summer Abroad Programs

Students at the University of Pennsylvania can study in Cuba thanks to a Penn Summer Abroad program in Havana.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 16, 2015

Penn Research Shows Relationship Critical for How Cells Ingest Matter

To survive and fulfill their biological functions, cells need to take in material from their environment. In this process, proteins within the cell pull inward on its membrane, forming a pit that eventually encapsulates the material in a bubble called a vesicle.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 13, 2015

Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance.