Stopping Sleepiness

February 7, 2012

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on measuring sleepiness.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658February 7, 2012

Molecular Path From Internal Clock to Cells Controlling Rest and Activity Revealed in Penn Study

The molecular pathway that carries time-of-day signals from the body's internal clock to ultimately guide daily behavior is like a black box, says Amita Sehgal, PhD, the John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience and Co-Director, Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820February 6, 2012

Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy Partners in 100Kin10 Initiative for Education

PHILADELPHIA — The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania will be a partner in 100Kin10, a movement to recruit, prepare and support 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, teachers during the next decade.

Kate Hovde, senior analyst with the Center, will attend the first 100Kin10 Partner Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Washington, D.C., where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will launch the event to bring together the network of partners.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820February 6, 2012

Video: Autonomous Quadrocopters Fly in 20-Strong Formation

February 1, 2012

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s GRASP laboratory is highlighted for nanobot quadrocopters.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820January 30, 2012

Two Penn GSE Researchers Help Department of Education With College Completion

PHILADELPHIA — Two professors at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Laura Perna and Marybeth Gasman, are in Washington today to participate in the Department of Education’s Evidence-Action-Innovation: A College Completion Symposium.

Penn Research Finds Genetic Link Between Native Americans, Russian Region

January 30, 2012

Theodore Schurr of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for research that helps clarify the genetic link between Native Americans and Asians.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | | 215-746-1798 January 26, 2012

Penn Research Study Identifies Why Some Young People Choose to Get Tested for STDs and Others Don’t

PHILADELPHIA  – A recent study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland identified the reasons why college-age individuals would be tested for sexually transmitted diseases.  These findings are valuable in developing public health awareness advertising campaigns.        

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 23, 2012

Penn-based Report Reflects Rise of Think Tanks in Underrepresented Regions of the World

PHILADELPHIA –- Launched in 2006, the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings” annual report has become an authoritative source for the top public policy research institutes in the world.  James McGann, assistant director of Penn’s International Relations Program, directs the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at Penn.  The report is available at or

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604January 23, 2012

Gene Therapy Research Team From Penn Vet and Scheie Eye Institute Cures Retinitis Pigmentosa in Dogs

PHILADELPHIA -- Members of a University of Pennsylvania research team have shown that they can prevent, or even reverse, a blinding retinal disease, X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa, or XLRP, in dogs.

The disease in humans and dogs is caused by defects in the RPGR gene and results in early, severe and progressive vision loss. It is one of the most common inherited forms of retinal degeneration in man.