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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 29, 2014

Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

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A new study by Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism.

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

October 26, 2014

Andrew Rappe of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for his collaborative research on the performance of ferroel

Article Source: MIT Technology Review
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 27, 2014

Penn and Berkeley Research: Path to New Kinds of Computers With Faster-switching Ferroelectrics

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A combination of theory and experiment has shown an easy way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials in a way that makes them viable candidates for low-power computing and electronics.

Ferroelectric materials, commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more, could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 24, 2014

NanoDay@Penn Hands Out Research and Image Awards

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The Nano/Bio Interface Center's NanoDay@Penn is a public education and outreach event and an opportunity to recognize student achievements, both in research and in creativity

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 20, 2014

Penn Physician and Historian Robert Aronowitz Elected to Institute of Medicine

Robert Aronowitz, a physician and historian at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in the health-care field.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 14, 2014

Penn Graduate Student Attends Prestigious Meeting of Nobel Laureates

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It’s not every day that a graduate student gets to meet a Nobel Laureate in her field. But this summer Rianne Esquivel, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to meet not just one but 37 Nobel Laureates, all leaders in biomedical sciences.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 15, 2014

Penn Physicist Alison Sweeney Receives 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Wednesday that Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 13, 2014

Penn’s Martin Seligman Honored With Inaugural TANG Prize for Lifetime of Work

Martin Seligman, the director of the Positive Psychology Center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences, will be honored with the inaugural

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 13, 2014

Penn Vet Study Monitors Effects of IV Fluid on Circulation During Surgery

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That network of small vessels, collectively known as the microcirculation, was the focus of a recent study led by a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian. Using a video microscope to record the blood flow of dogs undergoing spay surgeries, the investigation found that increasing the amount of fluid delivered to the animal enhanced the total number of vessels receiving blood flow.

Almost anyone who has spent time in a hospital is familiar with the routine checks of blood pressure and oxygen levels that serve as signposts of a patient’s overall health.

But these measures only reflect the pulsing of blood through the large vessels, arteries and veins, not the smaller arterioles, venules and capillaries, which directly feed tissues and cells.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 13, 2014

Penn-University of Florida Team Treats Pulmonary Hypertension Through the Leaves of Plants

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida have identified a drug that can be used to treat pulmonary hypertension, a disease for which few therapy options exist.