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Best Values in Private Colleges 2010-11

December 1, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania ranks seventh in “Best Values in Private Colleges.”

Article Source: Kiplinger.com

UPenn's MAGPI Hosts Long-Distance Learning Platforms for First Annual Content Provider Carnival

October 26, 2010

The campus educational and research Internet 2 network MAGPI is highlighted.

Article Source: Flying Kite
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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 215-746-6411 October 28, 2010

Penn’s Amy Gutmann, Kathleen Hall Jamieson Named Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell and Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, the first lady, today honored Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor in Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.   Six other noted women were also recognized.

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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 28, 2010

Penn’s Sustainability Initiatives Get High Grade From Sustainable Endowments Institute

 

PHILADELPHIA –- With a grade of A- from the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s College Sustainability Report Card for 2011, the University of Pennsylvania continues to rank among the top U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities for its sustainability initiatives while being recognized for improvements, specifically in green building and administration. 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 27, 2010

Penn Study Shows Two-Sided Immune Cell Could Be Harnessed to Shrink Tumors

PHILADELPHIA - A recently identified immune cell that directs other cells to fight infection plays a critical role in regulating the immune system in both health and disease. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered how a stimulatory molecule and a protein found on the membrane of another immune cell make T helper 17 cells multi-taskers of sorts.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 26, 2010

Is Sleepiness in Genes? Penn Medicine Study Shows Gene Variant Leaves Carriers Fatigued, Sleepier

Healthy sleepers who carry a specific gene variant are more likely to have disrupted sleep, according to University of Pennsylvania study published in the October 26, 2010 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 October 26, 2010

Targeted Radiation Therapy Minimizes GI Side Effects for Prostate Cancer Patients, Penn Study Shows

SAN DIEGO -- Prostate cancer patients who receive intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) are less apt to suffer serious gastrointestinal complications following their treatment than those who receive three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (CRT), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study, which will be presented Nov.

Political Attack Ads Reign

October 26, 2010

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Policy Center comments on the midterm elections’ attack ad strategies.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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.