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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 6, 2009

Penn Biologist Joshua Plotkin Awarded Packard Fellowship

 

PHILADELPHIA -- Joshua Plotkin, a biologist in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded an $875,000 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

Plotkin was one of 16 researchers chosen from 99 nominees from 50 universities. His research involves mapping genetic information in nature through the use of mathematical formulas.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 2, 2009

There’s a Speed Limit to the Pace of Evolution, Penn Biologists Say


PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a theoretical model that informs the understanding of evolution and determines how quickly an organism will evolve using a catalogue of “evolutionary speed limits.” The model provides quantitative predictions for the speed of evolution on various “fitness landscapes,” the dynamic and varied conditions under which bacteria, viruses and even humans adapt.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 28, 2009

North Carolina Sea Levels Rising Three Times Faster Than in Previous 500 Years, Penn Study Says

 

PHILADELPHIA –- An international team of environmental scientists led by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that sea-level rise, at least in North Carolina, is accelerating. Researchers found 20th-century sea-level rise to be three times higher than the rate of sea-level rise during the last 500 years. In addition, this jump appears to occur between 1879 and 1915, a time of industrial change that may provide a direct link to human-induced climate change.

The results appear in the current issue of the journal Geology.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 26, 2009

Fighting Sleep, Penn Researchers Reverse the Cognitive Impairment Caused By Sleep Deprivation

PHILADELPHIA –- A research collaboration led by biologists and neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has found a molecular pathway in the brain that is the cause of cognitive impairment due to sleep deprivation. Just as important, the team believes that the cognitive deficits caused by sleep deprivation, such as an inability to focus, learn or memorize, may be reversible by reducing the concentration of a specific enzyme that builds up in the hippocampus of the brain.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 20, 2009

Penn Launches Dual-Degree Master’s Program in Environmental Studies and Governmental Administration

 

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government and College of Liberal and Professional Studies have announced a two-year, dual-degree program in the School of Arts and Sciences: the Masters of Environmental Studies and the Masters of Governmental Administration.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2009

Penn’s Neuroscience & Society Lecture Series Presents "Cognitive Enhancing Drugs: Neuroscience and Society”

WHAT:

Barbara Sahakian, a world-renowned cognitive researcher and Penn Distinguished International Scholar, will present "Cognitive Enhancing Drugs: Neuroscience and Society," the first public talk in the Neuroscience & Society Lecture Series at the University of Pennsylvania.

WHO:

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 24, 2009

Penn Geneticist Sarah A. Tishkoff Receives 2009 National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award


PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania geneticist Sarah A. Tishkoff is among 18 recipients of the 2009 National Institutes of Health’s Pioneer Award. She and her fellow honorees are being honored at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Md., today.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658September 21, 2009

Penn President Amy Gutmann Honored With 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award

 

PHILADELPHIA – Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, is one of four higher-education leaders honored with a 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 21, 2009

Penn’s Nano/Bio Interface Center Awarded $11.5 Million to Advance Nanoscale Research in Biological Systems

PHILADELPHIA –- The Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded $11.5 million from the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers of the National Science Foundation to continue to advance nanoscale research at the interface of physical and biological systems.