Research

Children’s Cereal: Healthy Start or Junk Food?

June 28, 2012

Shiriki Kumanyika of the Perelman School of Medicine says that children “don’t need to have the cereal as the vitamin pill.”

Article Source: US News

The Psychopath Test

July 1, 2012

Adrian Raine of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine is interviewed about neurocriminology and psychopath tests.

Article Source: Philadelphia Magazine
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2012

Penn Researchers Improve Living Tissues With 3D Printed Vascular Networks Made From Sugar

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers are hopeful that new advances in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine could one day make a replacement liver from a patient’s own cells, or animal muscle tissue that could be cut into steaks without ever being inside a cow. Bioengineers can already make 2D structures out of many kinds of tissue, but one of the major roadblocks to making the jump to 3D is keeping the cells within large structures from suffocating; organs have complicated 3D blood vessel networks that are still impossible to recreate in the laboratory.

Study of Memory Brings Researchers Closer to Mind Reading

June 27, 2012

Penn researchers are cited about finding ‘neural fingerprints’ of memory associations.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 26, 2012

Penn Researchers Show ‘Neural Fingerprints’ of Memory Associations

PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers have long been interested in discovering the ways that human brains represent thoughts through a complex interplay of electrical signals.  Recent improvements in brain recording and statistical methods have given researchers unprecedented insight into the physical processes underlying thoughts.  For example, researchers have begun to show that it is possible to use brain recordings to reconstruct aspects of an image or movie clip someone is viewing, a sound someone is hearing or even the text someone is reading. 

Empowering Students of Color: The Role of Minority Serving Institutions

June 26, 2012

Mary Beth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education co-authors a piece on minority serving institutions and STEM programs.

Article Source: Diverse

The Problems With Forecasting and How to Get Better at It

June 25, 2012

Philip Tetlock of the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his research on predictions.

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Will Pennsylvania Finally Learn From Sandusky?

June 26, 2012

Debra Schilling Wolfe of the School of Social Policy & Practice authors an op-ed on Pennsylvania child-abuse laws and the Sandusky case.

Article Source: The Patriot-News
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 25, 2012

Penn Launches Its First Free Online Classes via Coursera

PHILADELPHIA -- This week, the University of Pennsylvania launched three free courses via Coursera, an online educational platform designed to make Web-based classes available more widely.   

With the capacity to reach millions of people simultaneously, Coursera has a design inspired by educational research on effective learning practices and creates an interactive learning experience for the course offerings. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 21, 2012

Flu Research Should Proceed With Caution, Penn’s Joshua Plotkin and Others Urge

PHILADELPHIA — The journal Science is today publishing a paper revealing that highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza, also known as bird flu, can pass from one ferret to another through the air. Publication of these results has been delayed and debated during the last several months for fear that terrorists or others might use information from the study to “weaponize” the flu virus for intentional harm.