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

A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore, Penn Research Shows

PHILADELPHIA — When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast.

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Media Contact:Kat Stein | katstein@gse.upenn.edu | 215-898-9642 May 10, 2012

Georgia Higher Education Policies Hurt Blacks, Hispanics and Poor, Penn Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA — Georgia’s higher education policies are making it harder for black, Hispanic and poor Georgians to get a college education, according to a new report released by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research on Higher Education.

Penn Researchers Report a Gene-therapy Success

May 9, 2012

Gene-therapy research led by Bruce Levine and Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine is profiled.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 8, 2012

Block Its Recycling System, and Cancer Kicks the Can, According to New Penn Study

All cells have the ability to recycle unwanted or damaged proteins and reuse the building blocks as food. But cancer cells have ramped up the system, called autophagy, and rely on it to escape damage in the face of chemotherapy and other treatments.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 8, 2012

Penn Vet’s Field Service Tends to the Farms

KENNETT SQUARE — It’s a quaint image: a rural vet in a pick-up truck driving down a country lane to treat a sick cow or horse.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659May 8, 2012

Penn Receives $25 Million Gift to Create Basser Research Center for Inherited Cancers

PHILADELPHIA — A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray will establish a center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with hereditary BRCA mutations.

The Basser Research Center — BRC for BRCA — will support research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, harmful forms of which are linked to greatly increased risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  The Center is named in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44.

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

Penn’s Steve Fluharty Has a Hand in the “Golden Goose” Awards Highlighting Basic Research

PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Fluharty, the University of Pennsylvania’s senior vice provost for research, is participating in a new congressional program that will highlight federally funded science projects. Called the “Golden Goose Awards,” not just any projects will do; the program exists to draw attention to the sometimes-serendipitous nature of scientific progress.

Gene Therapy Safe in Decade-Long HIV Study That May Widen Use

May 2, 2012

Bruce Levine and Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for their gene therapy research.

Article Source: Business Week

Disabled Americans Shrink Size of U.S. Labor Force

May 3, 2012

Mark Duggan of the Wharton School is cited for a research paper about unemployment.

Article Source: Business Week
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 3, 2012

NSAIDs and Cardiovascular Risk Explained, According to Studies From Penn's Perelman School of Medicine

After nearly 13 years of study and intense debate, a pair of new papers from the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed exactly how a once-popular class of anti-inflammatory drugs leads to cardiovascular risk for people taking it.