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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 13, 2014

Penn’s Martin Seligman Honored With Inaugural TANG Prize for Lifetime of Work

Martin Seligman, the director of the Positive Psychology Center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences, will be honored with the inaugural

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 14, 2014

Penn’s Field Center to Host Annual Field of Dreams Luncheon

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The Field Center will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, honoring four leaders who created the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, a groundbreaking facility that allows for the joint investigation of child abuse.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, Friday, Oct. 24, at the College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 14, 2014

Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships, Say Penn Researchers

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 8, 2014

Penn Prof and Alums Address Strangulation, Intimate Partner Violence in Research

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School of Social Policy & Practice professor Susan B. Sorenson, along with two alumnae, analyzed non-fatal strangulation among intimate partners and published an article in the American Journal of Public Health.

To help policymakers understand the terror and risks experienced by victims of domestic abuse, a University of Pennsylvania professor has analyzed non-fatal strangulation among intimate partners.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 6, 2014

NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Penn Bioengineer for Lung-disease-on-a-chip Research

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Nature is often said to be the greatest innovator. University of Pennsylvania engineer Dan Huh, a pioneer in the development of “organs-on-chips,” tiny, three-dimensional models of living human organs, uses nature’s creativity as a source of inspiration.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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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:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2014

Research From Penn and UCSB Shows How Giant Clams Harness the Sun

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Researchers have now shown how giant clams use iridescent structures to thrive, operating as exceedingly efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as a source of food. This understanding could have implications for alternative energy research.

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

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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.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

Opening of Penn Engineering’s New 3-D Printing Facility: ‘The AddLab’

Thanks in part to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science is opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

WHO

Robert W. Carpick
John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Staff and Students

WHAT

Tour of new additive manufacturing facility
Demonstration of 3-D printed objects

WHEN

Thursday, October 2, 4-5:30 p.m.

WHERE

Towne Building Room 187
Chancellor Walk Entrance (Labled "1" on map)
Accessible from 34th and Walnut streets

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2014

Penn Chemists Observe Key Reaction for Producing ‘Atmosphere’s Detergent’

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Understanding exactly how this reaction proceeds is critical for predicting how the atmosphere will respond to environmental changes, but it occurs so quickly that all of the molecules involved haven’t been measured in the wild.

Earth’s atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical output of plants, animals and human industry rise into the air and pair off in sequences of chemical reactions. Such processes help maintain the atmosphere’s chemical balance; for example, some break down pollutants emitted from the burning of fossil fuels.