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Child Brain Scans to Pick Out Future Criminals

February 22, 2011

Adrian Raine of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine comments on detecting signs of criminal behavior in children.

Article Source: Telegraph (U.K.)

A Crystal Ball for Predicting the Future of Flu

February 17, 2011

Research conducted by Joshua Plotkin of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited.

Article Source: Discover
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 February 18, 2011

Penn Research Predicts Future Evolution of Flu Viruses

PHILADELPHIA -- New research from the University of Pennsylvania is beginning to crack the code of which strain of flu will be prevalent in a given year, with major implications for global public health preparedness. 

Freeze-Frame: Tricks for Probing a Cell’s Moving Parts

February 1, 2011

Erika Holzbaur and Yale Goldman of the School of Medicine and Haim Bau of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comment on research methods for following the movement of cell parts.

Article Source: The Scientist

Video: Diet Soda: Fewer Calories, Greater Stroke Risk?

February 9, 2011

Nehal Mehta of the School of Medicine critiques a study linking diet soda to heightened stroke risk.

Article Source: ABC News

Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Animal Amore at Elmwood Park Zoo

February 10, 2011

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on animal behavior resembling love.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 3, 2011

Research Suggests Friendships Are Built on Alliances

PHILADELPHIA -- New research from the University of Pennsylvania is challenging some longtime assumptions about why human beings seek and keep their friends, and it reveals a somewhat darker side to the very nature of friendship itself.

Synthetic Biology Makes Scary Headlines, but Universities Promote It as a Lifesaver

January 16, 2011

President Amy Gutmann comments on a synthetic-biology process that “has the potential for revolutionizing the treatment of a very deadly and prevalent disease.”

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151February 1, 2011

Three Penn Professors Named AAAS Fellows

PHILADELPHIA – Three faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

They are James C. Alwine, professor of cancer biology; Gideon Dreyfuss, Issac Norris Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; and John C. Trueswell, professor of psychology.

Fellows of AAAS are selected for their contributions to science and technology and will be recognized at the Fellows Forum on Feb. 19 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Can You Build a Better Brain?

January 3, 2011

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on improving memory skills.

Article Source: Newsweek