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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 4, 2010

Penn’s Positive Psychology Center Awards $2.9 Million for Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the John Templeton Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards, $2.9 million given to 15 new research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology.

The winning projects explore a range of topics including how the brain enables humans to flourish, the biological bases of altruism and the effects of positive interventions on the brain.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369August 4, 2010

Gene for Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease Identified through Genome Scan

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., are some of the first to prove that a gene linked to a disease trait by genome wide association studies (GWAS) can be clinically relevant and an important determinant of disease risk.

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Candy Land to the Rescue!

August 2, 2010

Janine Remillard of the Graduate School of Education says board games can be an excellent educational tool for children.

Article Source: Chicago Tribune
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 3, 2010

Two University of Pennsylvania Chemists Named American Chemical Society Fellows

PHILADELPHIA — Marsha I. Lester and Gary Molander of the University of Pennsylvania have been named 2010 fellows of The American Chemical Society, an honor bestowed on 192 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

Inflation: The Great New Divide

July 29, 2010

Joseph Gyourko of the Wharton School is cited for research on land-price inflation in Beijing.

Article Source: BusinessWeek

Study Finds Clues to Kidney Disease in African Americans

August 2, 2010

Lawrence Holzman of the School of Medicine discusses a study on kidney disease among African-Americans.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Growing Up Poor Can Affect Brain Development

August 1, 2010

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences says poverty may affect brain function.

Article Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Another Drop for Sociology

August 2, 2010

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences co-authors a job-market report for the American Sociological Association.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

Weightlifting Professor Attests to Health Benefits

August 2, 2010

Kathryn Schmitz of the School of Medicine discusses the benefits of resistance training.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 1, 2010

Mechanical Regulation Effects Stem Cell Development, Adhesion

PHILADELPHIA –- Bioengineers at the University of Pennsylvania have created a system to control the flexibility of the substrate surfaces on which cells are grown without changing the surface properties, providing a technique for more controlled lab experiments on cellular mechanobiology, an important step in the scientific effort to understand how cells sense and respond to mechanical forces in their environment.