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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 15, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Student Wins Churchill Scholarship

Sarah Foster, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship, a merit-based award for American college students who are outstanding in engineering, mathematics and physical and biological sciences.

Penn Professor Overcomes Odds, Uses Community Research to Study HIV

January 15, 2014

Bridgette Brawner of the School of Nursing is featured for studying HIV.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 13, 2014

Tweaking MRI to Track Creatine May Spot Heart Problems Earlier, Penn Medicine Study Suggests

A new MRI method to map creatine at higher resolutions in the heart may help clinicians and scientists find abnormalities and disorders earlier than traditional diagnostic methods, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest in a new study published online today in Nature Medicine.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 10, 2014

Two Behavioral Interventions Help Cancer Patients Struggling with Sleep Issues, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Cancer patients who are struggling with sleep troubles, due in part to pain or side effects of treatment,  can count on two behavioral interventions for relief  – cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Penn Medicine researche

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 January 13, 2014

Penn-Designed ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Molecule Captures RNA From Single Cells

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A multi-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania has published a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby cells.

A multi-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania has published in Nature Methods a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby cells. This allows the researchers to analyze how cell-to-cell chemical connections influence individual cell function and overall protein production.  

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 9, 2014

Penn Medicine: Red Blood Cells Take on Many-Sided Shape During Clotting

Red blood cells are the body’s true shape shifters, perhaps the most malleable of all cell types, transforming – among many other forms -- into compressed discs capable of going through capillaries with diameters smaller than the blood cell itself. While studying how blood clots contract John W.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 9, 2014

Penn Medicine Epidemiologists Find Bed Bug Hotspots in Philadelphia, Identify Seasonal Trends

A new study from Penn Medicine epidemiologists that looked at four years of bed bug reports to the city of Philadelphia found that infestations have been increasing and were at their highest in August and lowest in February. The findings, published ahead of print on January 8 in the Journal of Medical Entomology, point to two possible peak times to strike and eliminate the bugs.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 9, 2014

Penn Research Helps Lay Out Theory for Metamaterial That Acts as an Analog Computer

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A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Sannio in Italy, shows that metamaterials can be designed to do “photonic calculus” as a light wave goes through them.

The field of metamaterials has produced structures with unprecedented abilities, including flat lenses, invisibility cloaks and even optical “metatronic” devices that can manipulate light in the way electronic circuitry manipulates the flow of electrons. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2014

The ‘Personalized Advantage Index,’ a Decision-Making Tool, Developed at Penn

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One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a decision-making model that compares and weights multiple variables.

One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 18, 2013

Penn Researchers Grow Liquid Crystal 'Flowers' That Can Be Used as Lenses

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A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.

A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.