Institutional

Happiness Rethink

October 22, 2010

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers of the Wharton School are cited for their new working paper highlighting life satisfaction.

Article Source: Financial Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658October 25, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Scientists Develop Method for Detecting MicroRNA From Living Cells

PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new electronic method for detecting microRNA isolated from living cells. MicroRNAs are a class of small biomolecules that control gene expression into proteins, the “workers” of the cell.  MicroRNAs act by binding to specific messenger RNAs that code for proteins, and, by doing so, inhibit protein synthesis.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151 October 25, 2010

Michael Fitts’s Term as Dean of University of Pennsylvania Law School Is Extended

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced today that Michael Fitts has agreed to extend his term as dean of the Penn Law School until June 30, 2015.

Fitts became dean in 2000 and had been scheduled to step down on June 30, 2012. 

The extension follows consultations with the entire Law School faculty, deans, senior officers of the University, the chairs of the Faculty Senate, Board of Trustees Chair David L. Cohen and Law Board of Overseers Chair Paul Haaga, all of whom praised Fitts’s accomplishments.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 22, 2010

Penn Study Identifies Molecular Guardian of Cell's RNA

When most genes are transcribed, the nascent RNAs they produce are not quite ready to be translated into proteins - they have to be processed first. One of those processes is called splicing, a mechanism by which non-coding gene sequences are removed and the remaining protein-coding sequences are joined together to form a final, mature messenger RNA (mRNA), which contains the recipe for making a protein.

Penn Veterinary School Gets $1M Gift

October 21, 2010

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center receives a leadership gift.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Revving the Business School Innovation

October 21, 2010

Vice Dean Karl Ulrich of the Wharton School contributes his opinion on revitalizing innovation management in top business schools.

Article Source: BusinessWeek

BenePhilly and Federation Join Forces to Better Serve Jewish Older Adults

October 21, 2010

Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy acknowledges a Philadelphia-based not-for-profit.

Article Source: Jewish Exponent

U.S. Colleges Cutting Courses to Curtail Campus Costs

October 21, 2010

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education comments on the impact the recession had on historically black colleges and universities.

Article Source: Diverse

The Lab Rat: How To Improve Memory in 15 Minutes

October 20, 2010

David Wolk of the School of Medicine is cited for co-authoring an article about the use of tDCS to improve memory.

Article Source: Time
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 18, 2010

Penn Study Gives Hope for New Class of Alzheimer’s Disease Drugs

Finding a drug that can cross the blood-brain barrier is the bane of drug development for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders of the brain. A new Penn study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, has found and tested in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease a class of drug that is able to enter the brain, where it stabilizes degenerating neurons and improves memory and learning.