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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 5, 2014

Penn Researchers Model a Key Breaking Point Involved in Traumatic Brain Injury

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An interdisciplinary team of researchers is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in traumatic brain injury, with an eye toward protecting against its long-term consequences.

Even the mildest form of a traumatic brain injury, better known as a concussion, can deal permanent, irreparable damage. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in this kind of injury, with an eye toward protecting the brain from its long-term consequences.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658March 5, 2014

Penn Announces Plan to Create 50 New Endowed Professorships

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the newest of the Penn Compact 2020 Presidential Initiatives -- a bold plan to create up to 50 new endowed professorships over the next four years.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 5, 2014

Anatomical Discovery by Penn Team Gives Insight into Blinding Retinal Diseases

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University of Pennsylvania vision scientists report that dogs have an area of their retina that strongly resembles the human fovea. What’s more, this retinal region is susceptible to genetic blinding diseases in dogs just as it is in humans.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151February 27, 2014

Penn’s Morris Arboretum Is a Year-round Oasis

It may be that many people don’t think of the Morris Arboretum when it is cold and snowy outside, but the University of Pennsylvania site offers unique scenic views and seasonal activities aplenty even in the winter.
 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 27, 2014

Muscle-controlling Neurons Know When They Mess Up, According to Penn Research

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A team of researchers from Penn and Princeton has begun to unravel the decades-spanning paradox concerning how the brain's motor-control feedback system works.

Whether it is playing a piano sonata or acing a tennis serve, the brain needs to orchestrate precise, coordinated control over the body’s many muscles. Moreover, there needs to be some kind of feedback from the senses should any of those movements go wrong.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 24, 2014

After a Decade, Penn Institute of Urban Research Celebrates Partnerships and Progress

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After a decade of work, Penn IUR looks at its evolution, its many partnerships and its accomplishment, and looks forward to what is next for the urban-focused research entity.

With the number of city dwellers expected to double in the next 30 years, bringing the tally to 7 billion city inhabitants worldwide, urbanization poses a wide range of critical issues, including housing, education, food security, energy, crime, economic development, income equality and public health.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 24, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Nuclear Stiffness Keeps Stem Cells and Cancer Cells in Place

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that cell migration through micron-size pores is regulated by lamin-A, a nuclear protein that is very similar to the fibrous ones that make up hair.

Adult stem cells and cancer cells have many things in common, including an ability to migrate through tiny gaps in tissue. Both types of cells also experience a trade-off when it comes to this ability; having a flexible nucleus makes migration easier but is worse at protecting the nucleus’ DNA compared to a stiffer nucleus.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 18, 2014

Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Helps Donors With ‘Saving Children’s Lives’

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Nearly seven million children will die from preventable causes before they reach age 5. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has created a new online information source to show donors how they can make the biggest difference in the lives of others. “Saving Children’s Lives: A Global Public Health Toolkit for Donors” compiles information about existing resources and illustrates how simple things can prevent as many as two-thirds of the world’s child deaths.

Every year, nearly seven million children will die from preventable causes like diarrhea, pneumonia or measles before they reach the age of 5.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2014

Three Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 17, 2014

Penn’s NROTC Trains Tomorrow’s Military Leaders to Be Ethical Ones

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Every morning, U.S. Marine Corps Col. Andrew Wilcox hears the call of reveille in the silent darkness. By 0730, he’s piloting a mandatory class for seniors in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Pennsylvania.

Early each morning this semester, Marine Corps Col. Andrew Wilcox awakes to the call of reveille in the silent darkness. By 07:30 hours, he’s conducting a mandatory leadership and ethics class for seniors in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Pennsylvania.