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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 10, 2012

Penn Team Finds Key Molecules Involved in Forming Long-term Memories

PHILADELPHIA — How does one’s experience of an event get translated into a memory that can be accessed months, even years later? A team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has come closer to answering that question, identifying key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones. These proteins may offer a target for drugs that can enhance memory, alleviating some of the cognitive symptoms that characterize conditions including schizophrenia, depression and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 7, 2012

Penn Researchers Make First All-optical Nanowire Switch

PHILADELPHIA — Computers may be getting faster every year, but those advances in computer speed could be dwarfed if their 1’s and 0’s were represented by bursts of light, instead of electricity.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made an important advance in this frontier of photonics, fashioning the first all-optical photonic switch out of cadmium sulfide nanowires. Moreover, they combined these photonic switches into a logic gate, a fundamental component of computer chips that process information.

Scientists: Workaholics but Happy

September 6, 2012

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on a study about the satisfaction levels of scientists despite competitive pressures and long work hours.

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Education Research: The Other Black-White Group

September 4, 2012

Shaun Harper of the Graduate School of Education is quoted about African-American men earning post-baccalaureate degrees.

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What the Chair Could Have Told Clint

August 31, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences authors an op-ed on Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

Article Source: New York Times

Better Game Plan Needed for Addiction Treatment

September 2, 2012

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on addiction and the brain.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 29, 2012

Penn Social Policy & Practice Alumna Coordinates Research at Out-of-Time Resource Center

Karen Okigbo really is a mover and a shaker. And the University of Pennsylvania is the right spot for her.

Born in Nigeria, Okigbo lived in Kenya for a few years before she flew halfway around the world and relocated to Fargo, N.D., with her family.

When she found herself at the top of her class in high school, she decided to hit the East Coast and moved up to the Ivy League, where she earned a B.A. in political science at Princeton University.

In Canada, the Impact of America’s New Patent Law Is Seen

August 26, 2012

David Abrams and R. Polk Wagner of the Law School are cited for their research about patent law.

Article Source: Bits
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 21, 2012

Penn GSE Student Participates in Rotary Foundation GSE in Brazil

Around these parts, GSE stands for the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where student Evan Black will earn her M.S.Ed in intercultural communication in 2013. 

GSE also stands for the Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 16, 2012

Researchers from Penn, USGS and the Smithsonian Augment Climate Records Using Fossil Pollen

PHILADELPHIA — Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt’s Nile Delta document the region’s ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time.