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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658 April 14, 2015

Donita Brady Appointed Presidential Professor at Penn

Donita Brady has been named the seventh Presidential Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1.  She will be Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 13, 2015

Penn Researchers Help Make Maps of the Universe’s Dark Matter

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Members of the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail and will improve researchers’ understanding of dark matter’s role in the formation of galaxies.

Members of the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 13, 2015

Limber Lungs: One Type of Airway Cell Can Regenerate Another Lung Cell Type

A new collaborative study describes a way that lung tissue can regenerate after injury. The team found that lung tissue has more dexterity in repairing tissue than once thought.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 10, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Launches First Open Online Course

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The School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's free online course, “Introduction to Dental Medicine,” will allow anyone with access to the Internet to learn what dentistry is all about.

By Sarah Welsh

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 9, 2015

After the Higgs: Penn Gears Up for New Physics Discoveries at CERN

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After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for its second run. The LHC enabled the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which gives mass to all particles, but the world’s most complicated scientific apparatus is far from finished

by Sarah Welsh

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for its second run. The LHC enabled the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which gives mass to all particles, but the world’s most complicated scientific apparatus is far from finished

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 9, 2015

On the Road, Penn Senior Examines Environmental-Economic Conflict

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An interest in journalism led senior Brennan Cusack of Santa Barbara, Calif., on a road trip focused on examining cases of environmental-economic conflict.

By Julie McWilliams

Aspiring journalist Brennan Cusack set off on a solo cross-country trek last summer to get an insider’s look and to research four instances where environmental and economic interests were at odds.

Study Finds Risk of Breast, Ovarian Cancer Dependent on Type of BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation

April 7, 2015

Timothy Rebbeck of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about varying BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and how this affect

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964April 7, 2015

Penn Study Shows Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer May Differ By Type of BRCA1, BRCA2 Mutation

In a study involving more than 31,000 women with cancer-causing mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, researchers at the Basser Center for BRCAthe Abramson Cancer Center, and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, identified mutations that are associated with significantly different risks of breast and ovarian cancers.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 6, 2015

Penn, Johns Hopkins and UCSB Research: Differences in Neural Activity Change Learning Rate

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A new study suggests that recruiting unnecessary parts of the brain for a given task, akin to over-thinking the problem, plays a critical role in the difference between people who pick up a new skill faster or slower.

Why do some people learn a new skill right away, while others only gradually improve? Whatever else may be different about their lives, something must be happening in their brains that captures this variation.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Peter Iglinski | peter.iglinski@rochester.edu | 585-273-4726April 6, 2015

Penn-Rochester Study Identifies a Novel Way to Deliver Drugs to Control Dental Plaque

Therapeutic agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way to keep the drugs from being washed away.