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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.”

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 13, 2011

Penn GSE, Departments of Education and Commerce Conference Set: Education Technology as an Export

PHILADELPHIA — The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania has joined forces with the U.S. departments of Commerce and Education to organize the Exporting Education Technology Conference, May 16 at Penn.

The conference is designed to promote U.S. exports of education technology and to invite business leaders to offer their thoughts on how government can best assist these efforts.

Penn Gets $225 Million for Its School of Medicine

May 10, 2011

The School of Medicine receives a $225 million donation from Raymond and Ruth Perelman.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Phyllis Holtzman | holtzman@upenn.edu | 215-898-8721May 11, 2011

Raymond and Ruth Perelman Donate $225 Million to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine

LARGEST SINGLE NAMING GIFT TO A SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN U.S. HISTORY

Pet? Companion Animal? Ethicists Say Term Matters

May 5, 2011

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on researchers studying the language used to describe animals.

Article Source: Associated Press
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 2, 2011

Penn’s Field Center to Hear Bill Cosby as Keynote Speaker at “One Child, Many Hands” Conference

PHILADELPHIA — The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Bill Cosby will serve as the opening keynote speaker for its fourth biennial conference, “One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare,” June 8 at 9 a.m. at Penn’s Wharton School.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 2, 2011

Penn Researchers Develop Technique for Measuring Stressed Molecules in Cells

PHILADELPHIA — Biophysicists at the University of Pennsylvania have helped develop a new technique for studying how proteins respond to physical stress and have applied it to better understand the stability-granting structures in normal and mutated red blood cells.  

New Evidence That IQ Is Not Set in Stone

April 26, 2011

Angela Lee Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for research on the role of motivation in IQ test results.

Article Source: Discover

IQ Tests Measure Motivation – Not Just Intelligence

April 25, 2011

Psychology research led by Angela Lee Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured.

Article Source: BBC News