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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 24, 2014

Penn Team’s Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation’s Collapse

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With a new analysis of the Prisoner’s Dilemma played in a large, evolving population, University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that adding more flexibility to the game can allow selfish strategies to be more successful. The work paints a dimmer but likely more realistic view of how cooperation and selfishness balance one another in nature.

Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B.

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

Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

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Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create the unusual properties of metamaterials is a challenge but new research, borrowing concepts from binary computing, presents a way of simplifying things.

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

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A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Penn Senior, a Future Doctor, Looks to Medicine’s Past for Insights

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Through the lens of architecture, senior Ellen Kim, of Lexington, Mass., a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, is exploring the history of 19th century medicine in the United States.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 1, 2014

Penn Physicists Charles Kane and Eugene Mele Win Benjamin Franklin Medal

Two University of Pennsylvania physicists have been selected as 2015 recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medal, one of the world's oldest science and technology awards. The laureates will be honored April 23 at an award ceremony at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Time Taken Can Affect Prescription Efficacy

November 19, 2014

John Hogenesch of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “If they do have time-of-day effects, there’s the potential to

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Bedbugs Could Spread Deadly, Heart-Damaging Chagas Disease

November 18, 2014

Michael Levy of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about bedbugs and Chagas disease.

Article Source: Newsweek
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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 17, 2014

No Racial Disparities Observed in Development of Atrial Fibrillation Among Heart Failure Patients, According to Penn Medicine Study

Black patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure are no less likely than white patients to get atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia), according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2014

Penn-developed Method for Selecting Mental Health Treatments Receives $160,000 Award

MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a new United Kingdom-based charitable organization that supports mental health research, announced Wednesday the first major investment of its new flagship research program, PsyIMPACT. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is amon

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 18, 2014

Penn-led Team Prevents Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

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In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don’t get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory formation.