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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 23, 2010

Virtual Driving Leads Penn Psychologists to the Cells That Sense Direction in the Brain: Path Cells

 

PHILADELPHIA – Psychologists led by the University of Pennsylvania have used implantable electrodes and a first-person driving game to identify the cells of the brain that indicate travel in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion, called “path cells.” The study will be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 16, 2010

Catastrophic Flooding May Be More Predictable After Penn Researchers Build a Mini River Delta

PHILADELPHIA –- An interdisciplinary team of physicists and geologists led by the University of Pennsylvania has made a major step toward predicting where and how large floods occur on river deltas and alluvial fans.

In a laboratory, researchers created a miniature river delta that replicates flooding patterns seen in natural rivers, resulting in a mathematical model capable of aiding in the prediction of the next catastrophic flood.

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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798March 16, 2010
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 11, 2010

Double Agents: Penn Researchers Identify Immune Cells That Fight Parasites May Promote Allergies and Asthma

PHILADELPHIA –- Millions of people in both the developing and developed world may benefit from new immune-system research findings from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Penn Vet researchers, studying how the immune system operates, have discovered a previously unidentified cell population that may be the body’s double-edged sword, fighting off parasitic infections but also causing the harmful immune responses that can lead to allergies and asthma.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 10, 2010

Bioengineer Ravi Desai Wins 2009 JCS Prize From the Journal of Cell Science

PHILADELPHIA –- Ravi Desai, a bioengineering researcher completing his doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2009 JCS Prize, awarded annually to the first author of the paper judged best by the editors and editorial board of the Journal of Cell Science. Authors must be students or postdoctoral researchers to be considered for the prize.

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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 202-415-9881March 9, 2010

University of Pennsylvania to Expand Academic, Research Collaborations With Tsinghua University

BEIJING -- The University of Pennsylvania and Tsinghua University today announced agreements to build upon research and academic collaborations between the two schools. In particular, the universities signed agreements reaffirming their commitment to environmental sustainability, through the work of the Penn-Tsinghua T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, founded in 2006.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 26, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Joins International Collaboration in Government/Academics to Research "Soft Matter"

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter has entered into a multi-year agreement with specialty chemical producer Rhodia and the French National Center for Scientific Research to launch an international, public-private research collaboration in soft condensed matter.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 25, 2010

Nanotechnologists From the University of Pennsylvania Collaborate to Form Near-Frictionless Diamond Material

PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research-Zürich have fabricated an ultra sharp, diamond-like carbon tip possessing such high strength that it is 3,000 times more wear-resistant at the nanoscale than silicon.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2010

Penn Marks First Anniversary of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act With $171 Million in Research Funding

 

PHILADELPHIA –- On the first anniversary of the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the University of Pennsylvania has received more than $171 million in awards that fund more than 348 studies in gene therapy, robotics, public education, neurological disorders, the origins of cardiovascular disease and more.

Approximately 700 different positions at Penn are funded by ARRA, allowing Penn researchers to continue studies in nearly every aspect of basic science and public health.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 15, 2010

Building Fit Minds Under Stress: Penn Neuroscientists Examine the Protective Effects of Mindfulness Training

PHILADELPHIA –- A University of Pennsylvania-led study in which training was provided to a high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness training, or MT, and improvements in mood and working memory. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware and attentive of the present moment without emotional reactivity or volatility.