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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151October 3, 2013

Penn Professors Teach Online Class to Plan Cities of the Future

The year 2050 seems far away, but urban planners are already working on designing cities to accommodate the expected huge population increase in cities across the globe.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 1, 2013

Short Sleepers Most Likely to Be Drowsy Drivers, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Federal data suggests that 15 to 33 percent of fatal automobile crashes are caused by drowsy drivers, but very little research has addressed what factors play a role in operating a vehicle in this impaired state.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2013

Penn, Carnegie Mellon Receive Grant for Transportation Research

The University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University have received a $5.65 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant for a joint research center to conduct transportation technology research and development.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 30, 2013

Shadrack Frimpong of Penn Has a Vision for a Healthy Africa

Spending a summer break in Switzerland may conjure images of scaling snow-covered Alps.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 2, 2013

Penn Celebrates Opening of Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The University of Pennsylvania will officially open the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology on October 4.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183September 25, 2013

Penn Medicine: Treating Brain Cancer with Neurosurgical Resection and Chemotherapeutic Wafers Can Improve Cognitive Function

A new approach to treating cancer that has spread to the brain is able to preserve and, in some cases, improve cognitive function in patients, while achieving local control of tumor progression.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658September 26, 2013

Penn Medicine: Made to Order at the Synapse: Dynamics of Protein Synthesis at Neuron Tip is Basis for Memory and Learning

Protein synthesis in the extensions of nerve cells, called dendrites, underlies long-term memory formation in the brain, among other functions.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659September 24, 2013

Penn Medicine Study: Proton Therapy Cuts Side Effects for Pediatric Head and Neck Cancer Patients

The precise targeting and limited dosing of radiation via proton therapy is proving to be an advantage in ongoing efforts to reduce treatment side effects among head and neck cancer patients, according to a new study of pediatric patients from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653September 27, 2013

Penn Medicine: New Study Shows How ICU Ventilation May Trigger Mental Decline

At least 30 percent of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) suffer some form of mental dysfunction as reflected in anxiety, depression, and especially delirium.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2013

Penn Researchers Use Facebook Data to Predict Users’ Age, Gender and Personality Traits

In the age of social media, people's inner lives are increasingly recorded through the language they use online. With this in mind, an interdisciplinary group of University of Pennsylvania researchers is interested in whether a computational analysis of this language can provide as much, or more, insight into their personalities as traditional methods used by psychologists, such as self-reported surveys and questionnaires.