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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 25, 2012

Penn Launches Its First Free Online Classes via Coursera

PHILADELPHIA -- This week, the University of Pennsylvania launched three free courses via Coursera, an online educational platform designed to make Web-based classes available more widely.   

With the capacity to reach millions of people simultaneously, Coursera has a design inspired by educational research on effective learning practices and creates an interactive learning experience for the course offerings. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 21, 2012

Flu Research Should Proceed With Caution, Penn’s Joshua Plotkin and Others Urge

PHILADELPHIA — The journal Science is today publishing a paper revealing that highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza, also known as bird flu, can pass from one ferret to another through the air. Publication of these results has been delayed and debated during the last several months for fear that terrorists or others might use information from the study to “weaponize” the flu virus for intentional harm.

Graphic Warning Labels May Improve Smokers’ Recall

June 21, 2012

Andrew Strasser of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses new research about the impact of graphic cigarette warning labels on smokers.

Article Source: Newsworks
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 21, 2012

Penn Dental Medicine Faculty Receive IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards

PHILADELPHIA — For their outstanding research achievements, Denis Kinane and George Hajishengallis of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have received 2012 International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Awards

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659June 20, 2012

Penn Researchers Say Automated Strategies to Engage Patients at Home Are Key to Improving Health Outcomes

In a Perspective piece published Online First this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania propose a multi-pronged approach to the new practice of so-called "automated hovering" that aims to improve patients' compliance with medication and dietary regimens and other positive health behaviors.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 20, 2012

Regional Anesthesia Reduces Complications and Death for Hip Fracture Patients, Penn Medicine Study Finds

In a study of more than 18,000 patients having surgery for hip fracture, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of regional anesthesia, instead of general anesthesia, was associated with a significant reduction in major pulmonary complications and death. The new study will be published in the July issue of the journal Anesthesiology.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Hannah Johnson | hannah.johnson@bristol.ac.uk | (0117) 928 8896 June 20, 2012

Chemical Analysis of Pottery, Informed by Penn Research, Reveals First Dairying in Saharan Africa

PHILADELPHIA — The first unequivocal evidence that humans in prehistoric Saharan Africa used cattle for their milk nearly 7,000 years ago is described in research by an international team of scientists, led by researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and including Kathleen Ryan of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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