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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369February 23, 2012

Sleepless in the South: Penn Medicine Study Discovers State and Regional Prevalence of Sleep Issues

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have put sleeplessness on the map — literally. The research team, analyzing nationwide data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has produced the first state-by-state sleep maps for the United States, revealing that residents of Southern states suffer from the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while residents on the West Coast report the least amount of problems.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 22, 2012

Penn Researchers Build First Physical “Metatronic” Circuit

PHILADELPHIA -- The technological world of the 21st century owes a tremendous amount to advances in electrical engineering, specifically, the ability to finely control the flow of electrical charges using increasingly small and complicated circuits. And while those electrical advances continue to race ahead, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing circuitry forward in a different way, by replacing electricity with light.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-459-0544February 20, 2012

Penn: New Combo of Chemo and Well-Known Malaria Drug Delivers Double Punch to Tumors

Blocking autophagy -- the process of "self-eating" within cells -- is turning out to be a viable way to enhance the effectiveness of a wide variety of cancer treatments.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 20, 2012

Penn Researcher Helps Discover and Characterize a 300-Million-Year Old Forest, Preserved Like Pompeii

PHILADELPHIA — Pompeii-like, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 20, 2012

Four Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA — Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.

Penn’s 2012 Sloan Fellows are:

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-349-5964February 17, 2012

Penn Science Cafe Presents Swarms of Flying Robots

On Tuesday, February 21, two members of Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will take part in the Penn Science Café, the free lecture series that for more than five years has taken science out of the lab for a night on the town.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 17, 2012

Despite Leadership, Maryland Higher Education Is Leaving Citizens Behind, Penn GSE Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA — Maryland’s higher education system is leaving poor, black and Hispanic residents behind, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Higher Education Research, “Much Accomplished, Much at Stake: Performance and Policy in Maryland Higher Education.”

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659February 17, 2012

Study Provides Road Map for Improved Care of Epilepsy Emergencies by Paramedics

Injecting epilepsy patients with medication via an autoinjector -- similar to the EpiPens used to treat serious allergic reactions -- works more quickly to stop seizures than delivery of a drug via IV on board ambulances, according to a national study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Chriss Swaney | swaney@andrew.cmu.edu | 412-268-5776February 16, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University and Penn Engineering Receive $3.5 Million for Innovative Transportation Research

PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science a $3.5 million grant for the next two years to conduct research and implement technologies for improving the safety and efficiency of transportation.

Today in Research: Popularity of Hearing Aids; Babies Understand

February 15, 2012

Elika Bergelson of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for research about language acquisition in infants.

Article Source: Atlantic