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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 16, 2014

Cosmologists at Penn Weigh Cosmic Filaments and Voids

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Dark matter is thought to exist in a vast network of filaments throughout the universe, pulling luminous galaxies into an interconnected web of clusters, interspersed with seemingly empty voids. Penn researchers have measured the "weight" of these voids and filaments for the first time, showing the former are not as empty as they look.

Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can’t be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational pull on surrounding objects.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 4, 2014

Penn Students Vie for Grand Prize in PennVention Competition

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The Weiss Tech House holds an annual invention competition known as PennVention. The final round will see the distribution of more than $20,000 in prizes.

WHO:              Alan Greenberger
                         Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

New Penn-Designed Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

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Each patient responds to heart attacks differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another. Penn researchers have developed a way to address this variation via a material that can be applied directly to damaged heart tissue.

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments can’t be fine-tuned to deal with this variation. 

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Media Contact:Monica Yant Kinney | mokinney@vpul.upenn.edu | 215-898-8016
Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 25, 2014

Disabilities Symposium at Penn: April 11


 
WHAT:          The 13th Annual Disabilities Symposium, hosted by the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, University of Pennsylvania, will welcome guest speakers Angela Duckworth and Adam Taliaferro.
 

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2014

Penn-designed Device Shows Promise for Individualized Care in Stroke Patients

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Using a Penn-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow in acute stroke patients, researchers are now learning how head of bed (HOB) positioning affects blood flow reaching the brain.

Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and Sciences are now learning how head of

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

Deep Ocean Current May Slow Due to Climate Change, Penn Research Finds

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A new study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Irina Marinov and Raffaele Bernardello and colleagues from McGill University has found that recent climate change may be acting to slow down one of the ocean's "conveyer belts," with potentially serious consequences for the future of the planet’s climate.

Far beneath the surface of the ocean, deep currents act as conveyer belts, channeling heat, carbon, oxygen and nutrients around the globe.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 18, 2014

Owl Monkeys Don’t Cheat, Penn Study Shows; Intense Fathering Plays a Role

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A new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that Azara’s owl monkeys (Aotus azarae) are unusually faithful, an unusual trait among mammals.

True monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom. Even in species that appear to “mate for life,” genetic maternity and paternity tests have revealed that philandering often takes place.

Audio: Does Teaching Kids to Get ‘Gritty’ Help Them Get Ahead?

March 17, 2014

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that’s grit.”

Article Source: National Public Radio

Africans’ Ability to Digest Milk Co-evolved With Livestock Domestication

March 13, 2014

Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences and postdoc student Alessia Ranciaro are featured for their research that ties Africans’ lactose tolerance to the spread of cattle raising.

Article Source: Smithsonian.com

Centuries-old Mass Grave of Irish Laborers Probed in Pennsylvania

March 9, 2014

Janet Monge of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Penn Museum is quoted about the importance of Duffy’s Cut.

Article Source: Chicago Tribune