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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 8, 2013
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2013

Penn Research Shows Mountains Are Only Minor Contributors to Sediment Erosion and Climate Regulation

PHILADELPHIA — Though churning smokestacks, cud-chewing cows and gasoline-burning vehicles are contributing constantly to greenhouse gas emissions, there are also many processes that do the reverse, pulling molecules like carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. One of these is chemical weathering, which occurs when rock turns into soil. Carbon dioxide molecules and rain combine to dissolve rock, and the weathering products, including sediment, eventually make their way through waterways to the ocean where some become trapped on the ocean bottom and in coral reefs and seashells.

Evil vs. Crazy: What’s in the Minds of Mass Murderers?

January 3, 2013

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences contributes his views about the psychology of mass murderers.

Article Source: Washinton Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 2, 2013

Penn Researchers Show New Level of Control Over Liquid Crystals

PHILADELPHIA — Directed assembly is a growing field of research in nanotechnology in which scientists and engineers aim to manufacture structures on the smallest scales without having to individually manipulate each component. Rather, they set out precisely defined starting conditions and let the physics and chemistry that govern those components do the rest.  

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 2, 2013

La’Toya Latney Cares for the Feathered, the Scaly, the Slimy and the Furry at Penn Vet

La’Toya Latney’s grandmother has a photo from when Latney was about 5 years old. In it, she is sitting in front of the television, transfixed by a nature program on grizzly bears hunting salmon swimming upstream.

“At that time she said she knew I was going to be a veterinarian, so it’s been a long time coming for me,” says Latney.

Ocean Health Index Conserves Our Waters

December 19, 2012

Ben Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his research on rising sea levels along the coasts of the United States.

Article Source: Philadelphia Style
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 13, 2012

Penn’s Steven Fluharty Makes Case for Research Funding in Capitol Hill Briefing

PHILADELPHIA — In the waning days of 2012, two words have dominated the post-election discourse: “fiscal cliff.” The cliff is a combination of impending budgetary measures that will take effect in January if a legislative compromise is not reached.

One area of the budget that would see serious cuts is funding for the national science agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Combined with cuts to other agencies and departments, the amount of research and development funding lost could total $58 billion over five years.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 13, 2012

Penn’s Robert Ghrist Will Teach Calculus Online to Tens of Thousands

PHILADELPHIA — Learning calculus is no easy feat. But beginning next month, the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert Ghrist will use a new, visually stimulating approach to engage tens of thousands of students in the task with a massive open online course, or MOOC, offered through Coursera’s online platform.

Coating on Aspirin Sets Off a Debate

December 10, 2012

Garret FitzGerald from the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about his study that found the coating on aspirin designed to protect the stomach slowed the body’s ability to absorb the drug.

Article Source: New York Times

University of Pennsylvania Gene Therapy Shows Promise in Eradicating Some Blood Cancers

December 10, 2012

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine and his research team discuss their unique genetic therapy that has “tamed terminal leukemia in seven out of the first 10 patients” and its risks.

Article Source: Philly.com