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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 13, 2014

Penn Senior Researches the Silence of Socrates in Plato’s Symposium

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University Scholar Donald Antenen, a senior and a classical studies major, spent the summer researching Plato's Symposium.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-8981422August 5, 2014

Penn Undergrad’s Research on Chinese Art Takes Her on a Cross-cultural Journey

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Senior Kimberly Schreiber of West Hartford, Conn., spent the summer exploring Chinese art and “what it means to become an individual in the most populous nation on earth.”

By Christina Cook 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 4, 2014

Penn Physiologist Given NIH Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award for Research on Neurodegeneration

Erika Holzbaur, PhD, a professor of Physiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 1, 2014

Penn Researchers Receive $7.3 Million Grant Renewal from NCI to Study Esophageal Cancer

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will receive $7.3 million over the next five years from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to find new ways to treat esophageal cancer.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151August 4, 2014

Senior Michael Steele Helps Integrate Sustainability Into the Classroom at Penn

Michael Steele stayed on the University of Pennsylvania campus this summer pursuing research as one of four students selected to participate in the Penn Green Campu

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 30, 2014

Penn Study Shows Acupuncture Provides Significant Quality of Life Improvements for Breast Cancer Patients

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A study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published online this week in the journal Cancer, reveals acupuncture helps cut fatigue, anxiety and depression in patients using aromatase inhibitors.

Use of electroacupuncture (EA) – a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles – produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660July 30, 2014

Penn Researchers Find Naltrexone May Diminish ICDs in Parkinson's Disease Patients

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A team of investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center conducted a pilot study and found that the opioid antagonist naltrexone may be an effective treatment for diminishing ICD symptoms in PD patients. The results were published in the journal Neurology.

Up to 20 percent of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and their families may confront a common but largely unrecognized challenge: the occurrence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) such as compulsive gambling, sexual behavior, eating, or spending. Yet the presence of PD in these patients can severely limit or complicate treatment options.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 4, 2014

Penn Physicist’s NIH Award to Advance Rapid, Graphene-based Gene Sequencing

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Marija Drndić, a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences has been awarded a two-year, $880,000 grant for a project aimed at reducing the cost and time of genome sequencing. The grant was made by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Marija Drndić, a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences has been awarded a two-year, $880,000 grant for a project aimed at reducing the cost and time of genome sequencing.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 11, 2014

Penn Undergrad Startup Aims to Make Finding Grants Easier

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A startup by University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Grace Truong, John Lu and Nick Liu Grant Fellow LLC., Grant Fellow’s website is an online aggregator, search engine and task manager that will streamline and simplify the grant-writing process for universities and nonprofits alike.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 5, 2014

Penn Physicists Receive Kaufman Foundation Award to Study ‘Living Optical Devices’

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A pair of University of Pennsylvania physicists will receive one of the nine grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A pair of University of Pennsylvania physicists will receive one of the nine grants being awarded this year by the Charles E.