Research

Grant to Study ‘Model of Success’ for Minorities

February 10, 2011

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education is awarded a $1.5 million grant to study ways to help students complete schooling at minority-serving institutions.

Article Source: Black Radio Network
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 11, 2011

Fels Institute of Government Study Shows Positive Effect of Philadelphia Neighborhood Reinvestment

PHILADELPHIA – A report from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania details the ways reclamation and redevelopment of vacant property have improved residents’ quality of life in eastern North Philadelphia.  The report, “Neighborhood Stabilization and Safety in East North Philadelphia,” highlights how comprehensive strategic investment by local community developers and public agencies correlates with improvements in safety, rising incomes and an attraction of new working households.

Survey Finds Some African Think Tanks Among the World’s Best

February 10, 2011

Penn’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program is cited.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 3, 2011

Research Suggests Friendships Are Built on Alliances

PHILADELPHIA -- New research from the University of Pennsylvania is challenging some longtime assumptions about why human beings seek and keep their friends, and it reveals a somewhat darker side to the very nature of friendship itself.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658February 4, 2011

Immune Cells Protect Body from Invaders, According to Penn Researchers

PHILADELPHIA - So-called barrier sites -- the skin, gut, lung – limit the inner body’s exposure to allergens, pollutants, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Understanding how the immune system works in these external surfaces has implications for understanding such inflammatory diseases as asthma, psoriasis, IBD, and food allergies, all of which occur at the body’s barriers.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 3, 2011

Penn GSE Researcher Awarded $1.5 Million to Study “Models of Success” at Minority-Serving Institutions

PHILADELPHIA — Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, USA Funds and the Kresge Foundation.  

Consisting of $500,000 from each of the funding agencies, the grant will be used to study “models of success” that help students finish their degrees at minority-serving institutions, including historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and Native American tribal colleges.

Video: Big Break Reported in Fighting Melanoma

January 31, 2011

Ravi Amaravadi of the School of Medicine comments on new drugs to help fight skin cancer.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | (215) 662-6183February 2, 2011

Sideline Test Accurately Detects Athletes’ Concussions in Minutes, Penn Study Shows

PHILADELPHIA – A simple test performed at the sideline of sporting events can accurately detect concussions in athletes, according to study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Current sideline tests can leave a wide amount a brain function untested following concussion. Penn researchers showed that this method adds to current methods and accurately and reliably identified athletes with head trauma. The study appears online now in Neurology.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 February 15, 2011

First International Collaboration on the Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Is Launched

The launch of the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project (IGAP) – a collaboration formed to discover and map the genes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease – was announced Feb. 1 by a multi-national group of researchers. The collaborative effort, spanning universities from both Europe and the United States, will combine the knowledge, staff and resources of four consortia that conduct research on Alzheimer’s disease genetics.

The four groups are:

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Media Contact:Aaron Olson | aolson@upenn.edu | 215-746-6490January 31, 2011

2011 Thouron Awardees Are Selected

CURF is proud to announce a Penn record-tying 7 Thouron Award winners!

Grace Ambrose will graduate in 2011 from the College of Arts & Sciences with a BA in the History of Art, as well as a minor in Creative Writing. She has worked at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and plans to study Curation while in the UK.