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Owl Monkeys Shed Light on Evolution of Love

February 13, 2013

Eduardo Fernandez-Duque of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about research that finds that loyal owl monkeys reproduce more than those with multiple partners.

Article Source: National Geographic
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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.

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Media Contact:John Donges | jdonges@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-4234February 8, 2013

Penn Vet Research on Niemann-Pick Disease Paves Way for Human Clinical Trial

PHILADELPHIA — Niemann-Pick Type C disease is a rare and incurable neurological disorder that affects 500 children worldwide. Presently, there are no therapies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat NPC.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 9, 2013

Penn Nursing Student’s Family Ties Propel Him Forward

“Well-rounded” just doesn’t seem to cover it.  Nor does “always busy.”

Andrew Dierkes, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, but, he’s no ordinary undergraduate.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 6, 2013

For Three Decades, Computer Science’s Susan Davidson Has Led by Example

PHILADELPHIA — After more than 30 years on the job, Susan Davidson has some perspective on her discipline.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 1, 2013

Penn Researchers Use DNA to Make Crystals That Can Switch Configurations

PHILADELPHIA — Beyond serving as the backbone of modern biology, DNA has come to be a molecule of great interest to engineers. That a DNA sequence will naturally bind only with a complementary sequence could make it part of a configurable, and potentially programmable, building material.   

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

With Popsicle Sticks and a Glue Gun, Penn’s Allison Pearce Got Her Start in Engineering

It was 3 a.m. at an engineering camp in Houston when insight struck Allison Pearce, now a junior at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 29, 2013

Penn Research Shows Mechanism Behind Wear at the Atomic Scale

PHILADELPHIA — Wear is a fact of life. As surfaces rub against one another, they break down and lose their original shape. With less material to start with and functionality that often depends critically on shape and surface structure, wear affects nanoscale objects more strongly than it does their macroscale counterparts.