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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 May 12, 2010

Cellular Workouts Strengthen Endothelial Cells' Grasp

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania bioengineers have demonstrated that the cells that line blood vessels respond to mechanical forces — the microscopic tugging and pulling on cellular structures — by reinforcing and growing their connections, thus creating stronger adhesive interactions between neighboring cells.

Audio: Meditation and the Military

May 10, 2010

Amishi Jha of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses meditation’s value to soldiers.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 7, 2010

Guthrie Ramsey Co-Curates Smithsonian Institution Exhibition

PHILADELPHIA – Guthrie Ramsey, a University of Pennsylvania music professor, is co-curator of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution called "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.

"Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the Apollo Theater Foundation, the exhibition premiered in the NMAAHC Gallery in Washington, D.C., continues through Aug. 29.  It will travel to Detroit in October and then on to New York in 2011.

Friends, Romans, Americans

“Ancient Rome & America,” a National Constitution Center exhibition co-curated by Campbell Grey of Classical Studies, showcases the cultural, political and social connections between long-ago Rome and the U.S.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 29, 2010

Gene Therapy Success Sets Stage for New Treatments for Inherited Blindness, Penn Veterinary Researchers Say

PHILADELPHIA –- Veterinary vision scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have safely and successfully used a viral vector in targeting a class of photoreceptors of the retina called rods, a critical first step in developing gene therapies for inherited blindness caused by rod degeneration.  

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 28, 2010

Four University of Pennsylvania Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA –- Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  They are among 299 new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members recognized as leaders in sciences, arts and humanities, business and public affairs. 

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Media Contact: | | April 27, 2010

Vice President Biden Will Speak at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice Commencement

PHILADELPHIA –- Vice President Joe Biden, father of a 2010 graduate, will speak at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice’s Commencement on Monday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium.

Biden, a Pennsylvania native, was one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate and is widely recognized for his work on social-justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act.

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Media Contact: | | April 27, 2010

Penn GSE Researcher Explores African-American Family Foundations, Philanthropic-Giving Strategies

PHILADELPHIA — Marybeth Gasman, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, has completed the first exploratory study into understanding the world of African-American family foundations, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Non-Profit Management and Leadership this summer.

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

Gene Therapy Cures Canines of Inherited Form of Day Blindness, Penn Veterinary Researchers Say

PHILADELPHIA –- Veterinary ophthalmology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have used gene therapy to restore retinal cone function and day vision in two canine models of congenital achromatopsia, also called rod monochromacy or total color blindness.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 20, 2010

Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer Unveils the UPSTART Company Formation Program

PHILADELPHIA –- Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer introduces UPSTART, a program aimed at developing Penn intellectual property by helping faculty form new companies based on their inventions and technological innovations.