Research

Study Finds Sudden Insights Key to Learning Words

June 6, 2011

Lila Gleitman of the School of Arts and Sciences is spotlighted for co-authoring a study on how children learn their first words.

Article Source: Education Week
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 6, 2011

Penn Study Shows Size, Strength of Heart's Right Side Varies Between Age, Genders, Racial/Ethnic Groups

Researchers at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that the size and pumping ability of the right side of the heart differs by age, gender and racial/ethnic groups.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 6, 2011

Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique for Measuring Them

PHILADELPHIA — Electrical engineers have long been toying with the idea of designing biological molecules that can be directly integrated into electronic circuits. University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a way to form these structures so they can operate in open-air environments, and, more important, have developed a new microscope technique that can measure the electrical properties of these and similar devices.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 6, 2011

Penn GSE Study Finds Significant Differences Between Common Core Standards and States’ Curricula

PHILADELPHIA — The states face major changes as they prepare to bring the recently adopted Common Core Standards into their schools, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

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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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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