January 1, 2011

President Amy Gutmann is quoted about synthetic biology in her role as chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Article Source: The Scientist

Garage Innovation

January 1, 2011

As chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, President Amy Gutmann says, “Let science rip.”

Article Source: The Scientist
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658December 22, 2010

Penn Researchers Identify Potential Target for Breast Cancer Therapy

PHILADELPHIA – Overexpression or hyperactivation of ErbB cell-surface receptors drives the growth of many breast cancers. Drugs, like Herceptin, that block the receptors’ signals halt tumor progression in some patients. However, not all patients’ tumors respond, with some becoming resistant over time. Different drugs that interfere with other steps in the signaling pathway may improve the response of patients, yet little is known about these molecules.

Picking on Social Science

December 21, 2010

A bid to question the merits of federal funding for social and behavioral science research may be failing to capture the public's attention, even as it signals that larger and more polarizing battles over science, federal policy and money could lie ahead.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

Top 100 Stories of 2010 #10: Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s

December 16, 2010

Les Shaw and John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine are cited for their contributions to an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s.

Article Source: Discover Magazine

Learning From Elizabeth Edwards

December 14, 2010

David Casarett of the School of Medicine shares his views on how more people should choose to live their last days the way they desire.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Of Mice and Men on Diets

December 10, 2010

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited for her study on what humans can learn from mice in connecting dieting and depression.

Article Source: ABC News

Banning Congressional Earmarks Would Cost Colleges Billions

December 12, 2010

Colleges stand to lose billions of dollars for research, facilities, and other purposes if Congressional leaders hold firm in their pledge to ban earmarks, the spending that individual members direct to their home states and favorite projects outside of the competitive processes.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460December 13, 2010

New Penn Math Research Proves There’s Plenty of Time for Evolution

PHILADELPHIA -- A new mathematical model developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has offered even more evidence of the correctness of evolutionary theory.

Herbert Wilf, Penn’s Thomas A. Scott Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, and Warren Ewens, emeritus professor of biology, say their model directly challenges the long-standing contention among some doubters that evolution couldn't have happened because the small changes in species outlined by the theory simply would have taken too much time to be completed.

Professor Finds It Hard to Keep Silent on Race

December 7, 2010

John Jackson of the Annenberg School for Communication is highlighted for his “race diet.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer