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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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.

Graphic Warning Labels May Improve Smokers’ Recall

June 21, 2012

Andrew Strasser of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses new research about the impact of graphic cigarette warning labels on smokers.

Article Source: Newsworks
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194June 21, 2012

Penn Dental Medicine Faculty Receive IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards

PHILADELPHIA — For their outstanding research achievements, Denis Kinane and George Hajishengallis of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have received 2012 International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Awards

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | | 215-349-5659June 20, 2012

Penn Researchers Say Automated Strategies to Engage Patients at Home Are Key to Improving Health Outcomes

In a Perspective piece published Online First this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania propose a multi-pronged approach to the new practice of so-called "automated hovering" that aims to improve patients' compliance with medication and dietary regimens and other positive health behaviors.