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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 1, 2011

Penn Research Shows That Short-Nosed Dogs Can Breathe a Little Easier During Critical Care

PHILADELPHIA — Dogs with smushed-in noses may be adorable, but that distinctive short nose can lead to respiratory distress and disease, hospital visits and sometimes the need to receive mechanical assistance just to breathe.  Fortunately, a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine shows that these dogs do just as well as their longer-nosed kin during mechanical ventilation procedures. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Nanoscale Engineers Choose Self-Assembling Proteins

PHILADELPHIA — Engineering structures on the smallest possible scales — using molecules and individual atoms as building blocks — is both physically and conceptually challenging. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has now developed a method of computationally selecting the best of these blocks, drawing inspiration from the similar behavior of proteins in making biological structures.

University of Pennsylvania Announces Partnership With Chinese Academy of Sciences for Center of Excellence in Brain Mapping

May 26, 2011

President Amy Gutmann announces a partnership with Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Article Source: MSN
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 25, 2011

Penn Professors Study Poverty Alleviation Through Sustainable Community-Based Enterprises in India

PHILADELPHIA — Research from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania indicates that community-based enterprise models can be effective in alleviating poverty, despite changing political and economic climates.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 26, 2011

Nine Finalists to Compete June 9 in Milken-Penn GSE’s Second Annual Education Business Plan Competition

PHILADELPHIA — Innovative solutions to recurring problems in education will take center stage at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education on June 9 when entrepreneurs compete in the second annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, the only business plan competition specifically aimed at stimulating educational entrepreneurship and using innovation to improve education.

The finalists and their projects are:

Researchers Locate the Part of the Brain in Sleep Deprivation

May 25, 2011

Ted Abel of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed for his research on sleep deprivation.

Article Source: Smart Planet

Universities Expand Research Space at Faster Pace After Years of Slower Growth

May 23, 2011

Penn is cited for being among the institutions that have built the most research space in the most recent period.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 23, 2011

Penn Research Overturns Theory on How Children Learn Their First Words

PHILADELPHIA — New research by a team of University of Pennsylvania psychologists is helping to overturn the dominant theory of how children learn their first words, suggesting that it occurs more in moments of insight than gradually through repeated exposure.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 18, 2011

Penn Research Determines Region of the Brain Necessary for Making Decisions About Economic Value

PHILADELPHIA — Neuroeconomic research at the University of Pennsylvania has conclusively identified a part of the brain that is necessary for making everyday decisions about value.

Previous functional magnetic imaging studies, during which researchers use a powerful magnet to determine which parts of a subjects brain are most active while doing a task, have suggested that the ventromedial frontal cortex, or VMF, plays an evaluative role during decision making.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 17, 2011

Penn Research Answers Long-Standing Question About Swimming in Elastic Liquids

PHILADELPHIA — A biomechanical experiment conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science has answered a long-standing theoretical question: Will microorganisms swim faster or slower in elastic fluids? For a prevalent type of swimming, undulation, the answer is “slower.”