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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 29, 2012

Penn to Host G20 Foreign Policy Think Tanks Summit

The Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), one of the leading think tanks in Brazil and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) will co-sponsor a three-day conference at the University of Pennsylvania, the “G20 Foreign Policy Think Tanks Summit,” June 3-5. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 14, 2012

T Cells ‘Hunt’ Parasites Like Animal Predators Seek Prey, a Penn Vet-Penn Physics Study Reveals

PHILADELPHIA — By pairing an intimate knowledge of immune-system function with a deep understanding of statistical physics, a cross-disciplinary team at the University of Pennsylvania has arrived at a surprising finding: T cells use a movement strategy to track down parasites that is similar to strategies that predators such as monkeys, sharks and blue-fin tuna use to hunt their prey. 

How Colored Potato Chips Slow Snacking

May 23, 2012

Paul Rozin of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on a study about how product color impacts the amount of snacks a person eats.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Colby Bishop | cbishop@ngs.org | 202-828-8075May 17, 2012

Penn and Genographic Project Scientists Illuminate the Ancient History of Circumarctic Peoples

PHILADELPHIA — Two studies led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and National Geographic’s Genographic Project reveal new information about the migration patterns of the first humans to settle the Americas.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 17, 2012

Penn Researchers Recognized for Improving Nanotech Design Principles

PHILADELPHIA — Targeted drug delivery is one of the more enticing applications of nanotechnology; by designing pharmaceuticals on an atomic scale, engineers hope to get them attacking diseases with newfound precision and efficiency.

A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has recently been recognized by the National Science Foundation for the development of computer models that will be instrumental in improving these designs.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 11, 2012

Penn Vet Researcher Tracy Bale Receives the Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Prize

PHILADELPHIA — Tracy L. Bale of the University of Pennsylvania received the Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women’s Health at a gala dinner last night in Washington, D.C.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 10, 2012

Penn Astrophysicists Zero In on Gravity Theory

Most people take gravity for granted. But for University of Pennsylvania astrophysicist Bhuvnesh Jain, the nature of gravity is the question of a lifetime. As scientists have been able to see farther and deeper into the universe, the laws that govern its expansion have been revealed to be under the influence of an unexplained force. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 10, 2012

A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore, Penn Research Shows

PHILADELPHIA — When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 8, 2012

Penn Vet’s Field Service Tends to the Farms

KENNETT SQUARE — It’s a quaint image: a rural vet in a pick-up truck driving down a country lane to treat a sick cow or horse.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659May 8, 2012

Penn Receives $25 Million Gift to Create Basser Research Center for Inherited Cancers

PHILADELPHIA — A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray will establish a center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with hereditary BRCA mutations.

The Basser Research Center — BRC for BRCA — will support research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, harmful forms of which are linked to greatly increased risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  The Center is named in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44.