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

Penn to Implement AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative

The University of Pennsylvania has been named a project site for the Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, a multiyear, multimillion dollar project that aims to improve the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 24, 2013

Penn Psychologists Show that Quality Matters More Than Quantity for Word Learning

Several studies have shown that how much parents say to their children when they are very young is a good predictor of children’s vocabulary at the point when they begin school.

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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 215-746-6411June 19, 2013

Humanities/Social Sciences Panel Reports; Two From Penn Are Members

At the same time that China and other nations seek to replicate the American model of broad education in the humanities, social sciences and natural science, enrollment in humanities programs in the United States is dropping.
 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 17, 2013

Mark Allen Named Scientific Director of Penn’s Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Mark G. Allen has been named the inaugural scientific director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 17, 2013

Penn Researchers Design Variant of Main Painkiller Receptor

Opioids, such as morphine, are still the most effective class of painkillers, but they come with unwanted side effects and can also be addictive and deadly at high doses.

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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@upenn.edu | 215-898-4045June 5, 2013

Penn Research Identifies Bone Tumor in 120,000-Year-Old Neandertal Rib

The first-known definitive case of a benign bone tumor has been discovered in the rib of a young Neandertal who lived about 120,000 years ago in what is now present-day Croatia. The bone fragment, which comes from the famous archaeological cave site of Krapina, contains by far the earliest bone tumor ever identified in the archaeological record.

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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@upenn.edu | 215-898-4045June 3, 2013

Penn Provides New Evidence on Origins of Winemaking in France

France is renowned the world over as a leader in the crafts of viticulture and winemaking—but the beginnings of French viniculture have been largely unknown, until now.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 3, 2013

Penn Research Shows Way to Improve Stem Cells’ Cartilage Formation

Cartilage injuries are difficult to repair. Current surgical options generally involve taking a piece from another part of the injured joint and patching over the damaged area, but this approach involves damaging healthy cartilage, and a person’s cartilage may still deteriorate with age.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 3, 2013

Penn Researchers Integrate Origami and Engineering

The quintessential piece of origami might be a decorative paper crane, but in the hands of an interdisciplinary University of Pennsylvania research team, it could lead to a drug-delivery device, an emergency shelter, or even a space station.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658May 29, 2013

Rakesh Vohra Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Rakesh Vohra has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 15th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, effective Aug. 1. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.