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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 25, 2013

Penn Students Encourage Lea School Children to Get in the Swim of Things

Philadelphia has the fourth-highest drowning rate among children, and drowning is the leading cause of death among those aged 1-4.  In 2005-2009, African-American children aged 5-14 were three times more likely to drown than whites.

Some students at the University of Pennsylvania are taking aim at those sad statistics by teaching life-saving skills in the pool to youngsters from Penn’s West Philadelphia neighborhood. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 22, 2013

Penn’s Sarah Hughes: A United Nations Foundation ‘Champion’ for Vaccination

The University of Pennsylvania’s Sarah Hughes didn’t always consider herself an advocate. But she’s also not one to pass up an opportunity to help.

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Media Contact:Stephen MacCarthy | smaccar@upenn.edu | 215-898-8722February 28, 2013

Penn Campaign Raises $4.3 Billion, Transforming the University

After seven years of widespread support and alumni participation, the University of Pennsylvania culminated its Making History Campaign, raising $4.3 billion, strengthening Penn’s position among the world’s foremost universities and making major breakthroughs in addressing society’s most complex challenges, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced today.

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Media Contact:John Donges | jdonges@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-4234February 21, 2013

Penn Vet’s Nicola Mason and Penn Medicine and Penn Nursing’s Yvonne Paterson Win One Health Award

PHILADELPHIA — Nicola Mason and Yvonne Paterson have been named this year’s recipients of the University of Pennsylvania

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 14, 2013

Through Memoir, Penn Vet’s Adrian Morrison Recounts Idyllic Childhood in the Brandywine Valley

Adrian Morrison, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, has had plenty of experience writing about his area of academic expertise, REM sleep.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 15, 2013

Penn’s Brian Gregory Is ‘Making Major Strides’ in RNA Biology

Everyone has heard of DNA, the blueprint for life. But if it were up to Brian Gregory, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania, DNA’s close cousin, RNA, would get equal billing.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 15, 2013

Penn’s Rebecca Stein Will Engage Online Economics Students in the ‘Active Sport’ of Learning

Many professors who embark on teaching a massive open online class, or MOOC, may be apprehensive about conveying their subject material to thousands.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 13, 2013

Penn Geologists Quantify, Characterize Sediment Carried by Mississippi Flood to Louisiana Wetlands

PHILADELPHIA — The spring 2011 flood on the Mississippi was among the largest floods ever, the river swelling over its banks and wreaking destruction in the surrounding areas.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 13, 2013

Penn Vet Team Uncovers a Pathway That Stimulates Bone Growth

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that a protein called Jagged-1 stimulates human stem cells to differentiate into bone-producing cells.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 8, 2013

Penn to Offer Free, Online Class on ADHD


If you’re one of the people who takes the University of Pennsylvania online course “’Pay Attention!!’ ADHD Through the Lifespan,” you will learn that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder isn’t just kid stuff.

Even though between 5 and 8 percent of school-aged children in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD, it is estimated that 4 percent of adults also suffer from some form of attention deficit disorder -- and that number is increasing.