Integrate Knowledge

In my words....

Charles Bernstein of English publishes All the Whiskey in Heaven, a collection of poems. The New York Times has called him “accessible, enormously witty, often joyful....” (SAS Frontiers)

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 5, 2010

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice Professor Appointed Editor of Nonprofit Sector Academic Journal

PHILADELPHIA — Femida Handy, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the peer-reviewed academic journal of non-profit and philanthropic studies, by the Association for Research on NonProfit Organizations and Voluntary Action, ARNOVA.

“Eyes” that do not see

Biologist Daniel Janzen has spent 32 years studying how tropical caterpillars developed eye- and face-like color patterns in order to survive among predatory birds. (Penn Current)

Penn Fellows

Launched by the Provost’s Office in 2009, the Penn Fellows initiative was created for mid-career faculty, like Wharton’s Eric Bradlow (above), who show leadership promise. (Pennsylvania Gazette)

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 26, 2010

Penn GSE Launches U.S.-China Future Leaders Program

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education-International is partnering with Beijing University and East China Normal University to create the U.S.-China Future Leaders Program to develop close relationships among young leaders and improve mutual understanding and respect.


Twenty students from universities in the U.S. and China are participating in this two-month program.  For one month the students will live in China and for one month they will live in the U.S.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | July 26, 2010

Making History Campaign Co-Chair Makes $5 Million Gift to Endow University PIK Professorship

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania Trustee Robert M. Levy and Diane v.S. Levy have made a $5 million gift designated for faculty support.  The gift will be used to endow a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professorship, which will be named the Diane v.S. and Robert M. Levy University Professorship.

The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 26, 2010

Collaboration Solves Structure of Herpes Virus Protein, Provides New Drug Directions

PHILADELPHIA  -– The mechanism by which a herpes virus invades cells has remained a mystery to scientists, but now research from Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania reveals the unusual structure of a key member of the protein complex that allows a herpes virus to invade cells.

The new map details an essential piece of the herpes virus “cell-entry machinery,” providing scientists with a new target for antiviral drugs.

Entuziasm şi Temeri la Crearea Celulei Synthia

July 23, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine debates synthetic life’s societal implications.

Article Source: Ziarul Lumina (Romania)
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 July 23, 2010

First Step Towards Electronic DNA Sequencing: Translocation Through Graphene Nanopores

PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new, carbon-based nanoscale platform to electrically detect single DNA molecules.

Using electric fields, the tiny DNA strands are pushed through nanoscale-sized, atomically thin pores in a graphene nanopore platform that ultimately may be important for fast electronic sequencing of the four chemical bases of DNA based on their unique electrical signature.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 21, 2010

Collaboration Leads to Simpler Method for Building Varieties of Nanocrystal Superlattices

PHILADELPHIA –- Collaboration by chemists, physicists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania has created a simple and inexpensive method to rapidly grow centimeter-scale membranes of binary nanocrystal superlattices, or BNSLs, by crystallizing a mixture of nanocrystals on a liquid surface.