Research

Report: Suicides in Movies Tripled From 1950-2006, No Difference Whether Film Is PG-13 or R

August 10, 2011

A report issued by the Annenberg Public Policy Center is cited.

Article Source: Associated Press
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Penn Study Shows an Ancient Crop Effective in Protecting Against a 21st Century Hazard

PHILADELPHIA — Flax has been part of human history for well over 30,000 years, used for weaving cloth, feeding people and animals, and even making paint. Now, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that it might have a new use for the 21st century: protecting healthy tissues and organs from the harmful effects of radiation.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 8, 2011

Penn Researchers Describe Key Molecule That Keeps Immune Cell Development on Track

Philadelphia — In the latest issue of Nature, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania clarify the role of two proteins key to T-cell development. They found that one well-known protein called Notch passes off much of its role during T-cell maturation to another protein called TCF-1.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 5, 2011

Conducting Research at the Nano-Level

August 8, 2011

Ritesh Agarwal of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is interviewed about his nanotechnology research.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The Puzzle of Plant-Pollinator Interactions

July 28, 2011

Doctoral student Daniel Song of the School of Arts and Sciences blogs about how plants and pollinators form interaction networks.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 2, 2011

Penn Dental Researchers Studying Mice Brought Back From Final Shuttle Mission

PHILADELPHIA — It’s not every day that researchers get access to a mouse that’s been to space and back, and, with the Space Shuttle program now scuttled, future chances will be even harder to come by.

Plants, Climate and a Midsummer Festival

July 29, 2011

Postdoctoral researcher Laura Fox of the School of Engineering and Applied Science shares information about studying the effects of climatic warning on steppe vegetation in Mongolia.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 29, 2011

Penn Study Examines Gender Disparities in Injury Mortality; Men at Exceptional Risk

PHILADELPHIA — Men are more likely than die from injury than are women.

Susan B. Sorenson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, has evaluated nearly 30 years of national injury mortality data and found that men are at greater risk of injury mortality throughout their lives. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 29, 2011

Penn Chemists Make First Molecular Binding Measurement of Radon

PHILADELPHIA — Even in trace quantities, the radioactive gas radon is very dangerous; it is second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States.