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Mushroom Compound Lengthens Lives of Dogs With Cancer, Has Human Potential

September 19, 2012

Dorothy Cimino Brown of the School of Veterinary Medicine is highlighted for her study of canine cancer.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 17, 2012

As World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera Records First Images, Penn Team Gears Up to Study Dark Energy

Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On Sept. 17, that ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, captured and recorded it for the first time.

Ultrafast Chips That Run on Light: Nanoswitch Breakthrough Brings Us Closer

September 12, 2012

Ritesh Agarwal of the School of Engineering and Applied Science shares the process and challenges of creating an all-optical photonic switch.

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The Model Minority Myth Continues

September 12, 2012

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education authors an op-ed dissecting a recently published article, ‘“Asians Are Good at Math. What an Awful Stereotype.”

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 10, 2012

Compound Derived From a Mushroom Lengthens Survival Time in Dogs With Cancer, Penn Vet Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA — Dogs with hemangiosarcoma that were treated with a compound derived from the Coriolus versicolor mushroom had the longest survival times ever reported for dogs with the disease. These promising findings offer hope that the compound may one day offer cancer patients — human and canine alike — a viable alternative or complementary treatment to traditional chemotherapies.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 10, 2012

Penn Team Finds Key Molecules Involved in Forming Long-term Memories

PHILADELPHIA — How does one’s experience of an event get translated into a memory that can be accessed months, even years later? A team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has come closer to answering that question, identifying key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones. These proteins may offer a target for drugs that can enhance memory, alleviating some of the cognitive symptoms that characterize conditions including schizophrenia, depression and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 7, 2012

Penn Researchers Make First All-optical Nanowire Switch

PHILADELPHIA — Computers may be getting faster every year, but those advances in computer speed could be dwarfed if their 1’s and 0’s were represented by bursts of light, instead of electricity.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made an important advance in this frontier of photonics, fashioning the first all-optical photonic switch out of cadmium sulfide nanowires. Moreover, they combined these photonic switches into a logic gate, a fundamental component of computer chips that process information.

Scientists: Workaholics but Happy

September 6, 2012

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on a study about the satisfaction levels of scientists despite competitive pressures and long work hours.

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Education Research: The Other Black-White Group

September 4, 2012

Shaun Harper of the Graduate School of Education is quoted about African-American men earning post-baccalaureate degrees.

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What the Chair Could Have Told Clint

August 31, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences authors an op-ed on Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

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