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Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders

August 4, 2010

Michael Kearns of the School of Engineering and Applied Science applies algorithms to stock market trading.

Article Source: The Atlantic

King Tut's Chariots Marvels of Engineering

August 3, 2010

David Silverman of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Museum discusses the engineering of King Tut’s chariot.

Article Source: Discovery

Did King Tut Break His Leg on a Joy Ride? His Chariot Now in New York.

August 3, 2010

David Silverman of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Museum comments on an exhibit featuring King Tut’s chariot.

Article Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 4, 2010

Penn’s Positive Psychology Center Awards $2.9 Million for Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the John Templeton Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards, $2.9 million given to 15 new research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology.

The winning projects explore a range of topics including how the brain enables humans to flourish, the biological bases of altruism and the effects of positive interventions on the brain.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 3, 2010

Two University of Pennsylvania Chemists Named American Chemical Society Fellows

PHILADELPHIA — Marsha I. Lester and Gary Molander of the University of Pennsylvania have been named 2010 fellows of The American Chemical Society, an honor bestowed on 192 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

Study Finds Clues to Kidney Disease in African Americans

August 2, 2010

Lawrence Holzman of the School of Medicine discusses a study on kidney disease among African-Americans.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Scientists Finding How Crucial Bacteria Can Be to Health

August 2, 2010

Jeffrey Weiser of the School of Medicine says there is such a thing as good bacteria.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Growing Up Poor Can Affect Brain Development

August 1, 2010

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences says poverty may affect brain function.

Article Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 1, 2010

Mechanical Regulation Effects Stem Cell Development, Adhesion

PHILADELPHIA –- Bioengineers at the University of Pennsylvania have created a system to control the flexibility of the substrate surfaces on which cells are grown without changing the surface properties, providing a technique for more controlled lab experiments on cellular mechanobiology, an important step in the scientific effort to understand how cells sense and respond to mechanical forces in their environment.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 29, 2010

Calcium Connections: Penn Researchers Discover Basic Pathway for Maintaining Cell’s Fuel Stores

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers have described a previously unknown biological mechanism in cells that prevents them from cannibalizing themselves for fuel. The mechanism involves the fuel used by cells under normal conditions and relies on an ongoing transfer of calcium between two cell components via an ion channel. Without this transfer, cells start consuming themselves as a way of to get enough energy.