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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 4, 2015

University of Puerto Rico and Penn Receive $3M NSF Grant for Research Partnership

The University of Puerto Rico and University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to support their Partnership for Research and Education in Materials.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 3, 2015

Penn Research Helps Develop Predictive Model of How Humans Estimate Speed

Most studies of psychological mechanisms involve watching those mechanisms in action and then devising a theory for how they work.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 3, 2015

Penn Study Identifies Viral Product That Promotes Immune Defense Against RSV

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Research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Carolina López found a viral product that promotes a strong immune response against respiratory syncytial virus, a threat to infants and the elderly.

Almost all human beings are exposed to the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, before their second birthdays. For most, the symptoms mimic those of the common cold: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Sigrid Wolff | sigrid.wolff@zi-mannheim.de | +49 621 1703-1301September 1, 2015

Penn and German Researchers Help Identify Neural Basis of Multitasking

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By studying networks of activity in the brain's frontal cortex, researchers have shown that the degree to which these networks reconfigure themselves while switching from task to task predicts people’s cognitive flexibility.

What makes someone better at switching between different tasks?

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 August 26, 2015

Penn Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million in Kaufman Foundation Awards

University of Pennsylvania researchers will receive five of the 10 grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 24, 2015

World Water Week at Penn

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Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Robert Sanders | rlsanders@berkeley.edu | 510-643-6998 August 20, 2015

Experiment Attempts to Snare Penn Astrophysicist’s Dark Energy ‘Chameleons’

If dark energy is hiding in the form of hypothetical particles called “chameleons,” a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, plans to flush them out.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 17, 2015

Penn Researchers Use Nanoscopic Pores to Investigate Protein Structure

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. 

In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 14, 2015

Penn/Baylor Med Study Describes Underlying Cause of Diabetes in Dogs

In a new effort, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine have used advanced imaging technology to fill in details about the underlying cause of canine diabetes, which until now has been little understood.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 11, 2015

Penn Study Details ‘Rotten Egg’ Gas’ Role in Autoimmune Disease

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A new study led by Songtao Shi of the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated how regulatory T cells can themselves be regulated, by an unexpected source: hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced by the body’s muscle cells and one often associated with the smell of rotten eggs.

The immune system not only responds to infections and other potentially problematic abnormalities in the body, it also contains a built-in brake in the form of regulatory T cells, or Tregs. Tregs ensure that inflammatory responses don’t get out of hand and do damage. In autoimmune diseases, sometimes these Treg cells don’t act as they should.