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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 23, 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:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 20, 2014

Penn Physician and Historian Robert Aronowitz Elected to Institute of Medicine

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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.

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 | 215-898-9194November 11, 2014

Collaborative Penn-Dresden Study Blocks Multiple Sclerosis Relapses in Mice

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In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and co-investigators have identified a key protein that is able to reduce the severity of a disease equivalent to multiple sclerosis in mice.

In multiple sclerosis, the immune system goes rogue, improperly attacking the body’s own central nervous system. Mobility problems and cognitive impairments may arise as the nerve cells become damaged.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 21, 2014

Penn Launches Climate Action Plan 2.0

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Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania today announced the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.

Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania today announced the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 10, 2014

Penn Center for Innovation Celebrates Launch

WHO:

Amy Gutmann
President, University of Pennsylvania

Michael A. Nutter
Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Dawn Bonnell
Vice Provost for Research

John Swartley
Director, Penn Center for Innovation
Assistant Vice Provost for Research

WHAT:

 Penn Center for Innovation Launch Celebration

WHEN:

Nov. 17, 2014
4 p.m – 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Prince Theater
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut St.
Philadelphia

ABOUT:

The Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good, will be formally launched at an event on Monday, November 17.

Gutmann, Nutter, Bonnell and Swartley will discuss how PCI will accelerate the translation of Penn discoveries and ideas into commercial products, businesses, and services, as well as the role the University plays in the local, national and global entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Top Penn researchers and members of the business and venture capital community will have the opportunity to meet at a reception to follow. 

Attendance is free and open to the public, but email registration is mandatory.    

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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 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.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 14, 2014

Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships, Say Penn Researchers

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.