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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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.

PTSD Suicide More Deadly to American Soldiers Than Combat!

January 10, 2013

Chad Dion Lassiter of the School of Social Policy and Practice comments on American soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Audio: Will Obama’s Second Term Change Prospects for Climate?

January 24, 2013

Benjamin Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses climate change.

Article Source: WHYY
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 24, 2013

Brookings Again Tops List in University of Pennsylvania’s Annual World Think Tank Rankings

PHILADELPHIA –- For the third consecutive time, the Brookings Institution has been ranked Think Tank of the Year in the University of Pennsylvania Global Go-To Think Tank Report. The Report, begun in 2006, ranks more than 6,500 institutions worldwide that help bridge the gap between knowledge and public policy.