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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 6, 2013

Researchers at Penn Show Optimal Framework for Heartbeats

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There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown that this “sweet spot” depends on the stiffness of the collagen framework that the heart’s cells live within.

The heart maintains a careful balancing act; too soft and it won’t pump blood, but too hard and it will overtax itself and stop entirely. There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Liz Vaughan-Adams | liz.vadams@ipgroupplc.com | +44 (0) 20 7444 0062December 5, 2013

Penn’s Center for Tech Transfer Partners With British-based IP Group

The University of Pennsylvania, through its Center for Technology Transfer and its UPstart company formation program, has announced a new partnership with IP Group PLC, developer of intellectual property-based businesses. 

Penn Study: How Women’s Brains Differ From Men’s

December 3, 2013

Ruben Gur and Ragini Verma of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for researching brain differences between men and women.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

7 Science-Backed Reasons Why Generosity Is Good for Your Health

December 1, 2013

Alexander Stewart of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about his collaborative research on generosity with Joshua Plotkin of SAS and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659November 29, 2013

Penn Medicine Study Examines Use of Yoga to Lessen Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

A new, first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to learn whether men with prostate cancer who are undergoing radiation therapy can benefit from yoga.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 28, 2013

Memories Are ‘Geotagged’ With Spatial Information, Penn Researchers Say

Using a video game in which people navigate through a virtual town delivering objects to specific locations, a team of neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Freiburg University has discovered how brain cells that encode spatial information form “geotags” for specific memories and are activated immediately before those memories are recalled.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 26, 2013

Penn Science Café: Squid Camouflage

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Alison Sweeney has a Ph.D. in biology, yet is a member of Penn’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. What is a physicist doing studying giant clams and exotic squid? Her research is focused on photonic structures found in these creatures that give them unique and surprising abilities.

WHO:            Alison Sweeney
                     Assistant Professor of Physics

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 25, 2013

Researchers at Penn Uncover Mechanism Behind Blood Stem Cells’ Longevity

The blood stem cells that live in bone marrow are at the top of a complex family tree. Such stem cells split and divide down various pathways that ultimately produce red cells, white cells and platelets.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 November 25, 2013

Five Penn Faculty Earn Distinction as AAAS Fellows

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Five faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Five faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2013

Penn’s AppItUP Challenge Will Culminate With Launch of Five New Companies

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In the AppItUP Challenge, faculty and staff are encourage to submit their ideas for mobile applications, which are then judged by a panel of venture capital partners. The top ten ideas then go on to a public event, where development partners bid for the opportunity to turn the ideas into functional prototypes.

WHO:              Anthony H. Williams
                       Pennsylvania State Senator