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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 15, 2012

El Yunque Rock, an Icon of Puerto Rico, Is Eroding More Slowly Than Expected, Penn Geologists Discover

PHILADELPHIA — El Yunque rock is a majestic, anvil-shaped promontory that has been an icon of the island of Puerto Rico since pre-Columbian times. The barren rock, standing 3,412 feet high, protrudes above primary old growth forest and is enshrouded in clouds, swept constantly by the trade winds and frequently stricken by hurricanes. The rock receives an average of three rain showers a day and more than 14 feet of rain every year. Given Puerto Rico’s warm and dynamic tropical climate, El Yunque should be covered with vegetation and eroding rapidly.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 15, 2012

A Class of RNA Molecules Protects Germ Cells From Damage, Penn Vet Researchers Show

PHILADELPHIA — Passing one’s genes on to the next generation is a mark of evolutionary success. So it makes sense that the body would work to ensure that the genes the next generation inherits are exact replicas of the originals.

The Success of Black Men in College Involves the Help of Many

November 15, 2012

Shaun Harper of the Graduate School of Education comments on a report about college graduation rates among black men.

Article Source: Diverse

Long Shifts Lead to Nurse Burnout and Dissatisfied Patients

November 6, 2012

Amy Witkoski Stimpfel of the School of Nursing is quoted about a nurse-burnout study.

Article Source: Science Daily

Chubby Mice Show Why Midnight Snacking Makes Us Fat

November 13, 2012

Georgios Paschos of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for research about the effects of eating late at night.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 14, 2012

Penn Study: Targeting Downstream Proteins in Cancer-Causing Pathway Shows Promise in Cell, Animal Model

PHILADELPHIA — The cancer-causing form of the gene Myc alters the metabolism of mitochondria, the cell’s powerhouse, making it dependent on the amino acid glutamine for survival. In fact, 40 percent of all “hard-to-treat” cancers have a mutation in the Myc gene.

Accordingly, depriving cells of glutamine selectively induces programmed cell death in cells overexpressing mutant Myc.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 9, 2012

Penn Social Policy & Practice Researcher Studies Homelessness and Academic Achievement

PHILADELPHIA -- One million American school children are homeless each year, and many more are thought to move frequently.  A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice is the lead author on a new longitudinal study linking homelessness and frequent moving with children’s achievement.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 9, 2012

A Comparative Medicine Study by Penn Vet Identifies a New Approach to Combat Viral Infections

PHILADELPHIA — When a virus such as influenza invades our bodies, interferon proteins are among the first immune molecules produced to fight off the attack. Interferon can also play a role in suppressing tumor growth and the effects of autoimmune diseases, and doctors may use an artificial form of interferon to treat patients with certain cancers or multiple sclerosis. But even this approach sometimes fails when patients’ bodies reject the foreign interferon or growing resistant to its effects.

Penn Scientists Develop Novel Treatment for Serious Illness

November 4, 2012

Marina Cuchel and Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about helping develop a treatment for rare heart conditions.

Article Source: Philly.com

How to Reduce Workplace Gender Segregation and Help Women Obtain Higher Paying Jobs

November 5, 2012

Matthew Bidwell of the Wharton School is cited for his collaborative paper “Do Women Choose Different Jobs From Men? Mechanics of Application Segregation in the Market for Managerial Workers.”

Article Source: Forbes