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Don’t Move for a Job: Career Advice From Wharton’s Top-rated Prof

April 11, 2013

Adam Grant of the Wharton School is featured for giving career advice.

Article Source: Yahoo Finance
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Media Contact:Jennifer Gillard | jgillard@seas.upenn.edu | 215-746-3954April 8, 2013

Penn Researchers Help Find Therapeutic Target for Treating Brain Injury

A research team including members of the Department of Bioengineering in the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science has discovered that drug intervention to reduce intercellular signaling between astrocytes following traumatic brain injury reduces cognitive deficits and damage.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 8, 2013

Penn Research Shows That Young Children Have Grammar and Chimpanzees Don’t

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania has shown that children as young as 2 understand basic grammar rules when they first learn to speak and are not simply imitating adults.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151April 4, 2013

Penn Asian American Studies Program Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

Spurred by the efforts of student activists, the University of Pennsylvania’s Asian American Studies Program was formed in the 1996-97 academic year.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 28, 2013

Penn Researchers Show Stem Cell Fate Depends on ‘Grip’

The field of regenerative medicine holds great promise, propelled by greater understanding of how stem cells differentiate themselves into many of the body’s different cell types. But clinical applications in the field have been slow to materialize, partially owing to difficulties in replicating the conditions these cells naturally experience.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 26, 2013

Penn Engineers Enable ‘Bulk’ Silicon to Emit Visible Light for the First Time

Electronic computing speeds are brushing up against limits imposed by the laws of physics. Photonic computing, where photons replace comparatively slow electrons in representing information, could surpass those limitations, but the components of such computers require semiconductors that can emit light.       

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 21, 2013

Penn Researchers Attach Lyme Disease Antibodies to Nanotubes

Early diagnosis is critical in treating Lyme disease. However, nearly one quarter of Lyme disease patients are initially misdiagnosed because currently available serological tests have poor sensitivity and specificity during the early stages of infection.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2013

Penn Research: Quitting Marshmallow Test Can Be a Rational Decision

A psychological experiment known as “the marshmallow test” has captured the public’s imagination as a marker of self control and even as a predictor of future success. This test shows how well children can delay gratification, a trait that has been shown to be as important to scholastic performance as traditional IQ.

Ethics Panel Sets High Bar for Anthrax Vaccine Research in Children

March 19, 2013

President Amy Gutmann says, “This was one of the most difficult bioethical reviews that any national bioethics commission as ever conducted.”

Article Source: Washinton Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 13, 2013

Penn Researchers Show that Suppressing the Brain’s “Filter” Can Improve Performance in Creative Tasks

The brain’s prefrontal cortex is thought to be the seat of cognitive control, working as a kind of filter that keeps irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories from interfering with a task at hand. 

Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that inhibiting this filter can boost performance for tasks in which unfiltered, creative thoughts present an advantage.