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Changing Skyline: Getting a Bird's-eye View of the Trees

August 28, 2009
The Morris Arboretum’s "Out on a Limb" exhibit is spotlighted.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Bone Dry

August 28, 2009
Peter Dodson of the School of Veterinary Medicine says we have yet to discover all dinosaur species.
Article Source: Slate

Video Coverage: Eminent Organic Chemists: The Human Side

August 24, 2009
Madeleine Joullié of the School of Arts and Sciences is among top chemists included in featured mini-biopics.
Article Source: American Chemical Society
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 14, 2009

Center for Neuroscience and Society Opens at the University of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has launched the Penn Center for Neuroscience and Society, a cross-disciplinary endeavor to increase understanding of the impact of neuroscience on society through research and teaching and to encourage the responsible use of neuroscience for the benefit of humanity.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 4, 2009

Penn Will Host First Neuroscience Boot Camp Aug. 6; News Media Welcome

PHILADELPHIA –- Psychologists, neuroscientists, legal scholars and faculty from the University of Pennsylvania are hosting Penn’s first Neuroscience Boot Camp, a nine-day seminar devoted to educating academics, legal and business professionals, economists, medical ethicists, policy makers, philosophers and writers on the impact of emerging neuroscience research and to foster an interdisciplinary effort to encourage responsible and ethical use of neuroscience for human benefit.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 27, 2009
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 22, 2009

Penn Bioengineers Develop a Microfabricated Device to Measure Cellular Forces During Tissue Development


PHILADELPHIA –- A University of Pennsylvania-led collaboration of bioengineers studying the physical forces generated by individual cells has created a tiny micron–sized device that allows researchers to measure and manipulate cellular forces as assemblies of living cells reorganize themselves into tissues.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 15, 2009

“Shortcuts” of the Mind Lead to Miscalculations of Weight and Caloric Intake, Says Penn Psychology Study


PHILADELPHIA -– Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a cognitive shortcut, or heuristic, they call “Unit Bias,” which causes people to ignore vital, obvious information in their decision-making process, points to a fundamental flaw in the modern, evolved mind and may also play a role in the American population’s 30 years of weight gain.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 10, 2009

Social Moms Make Better Moms, at Least in Baboons, According to Penn and UCLA Study

PHILADELPHIA –- Female baboons who have strong social relationships with other females give birth to offspring who are much more likely to survive to adulthood than baboons reared by less social mothers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Los Angeles, and others. The results support a growing body of research on humans — especially women — indicating that strong social networks are crucially important to health and reduced stress.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 8, 2009