Natural Science

7
facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 24, 2009

Visual Learners Convert Words to Pictures in the Brain And Vice Versa, Says Penn Psychology Study

PHILADELPHIA –- A University of Pennsylvania psychology study, using functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to scan the brain, reveals that people who consider themselves visual learners, as opposed to verbal learners, have a tendency to convert linguistically presented information into a visual mental representation. The more strongly an individual identified with the visual cognitive style, the more that individual activated the visual cortex when reading words.

The opposite also appears to be true from the study’s results.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Gail Luciani | luciani@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475March 20, 2009

Frederick A. Murphy Honored With $100,000 Penn Vet World Leadership Award


PHILADELPHIA –- Frederick A. Murphy has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award. Murphy is the James W. McLaughlin Professor in Residence, Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4045March 10, 2009

Penn Museum to Open "Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya"


PHILADELPHIA –- A world-renowned collection of ancient Maya painted pottery, excavated by the University of Pennsylvania Museum nearly a century ago and reinterpreted in light of recent research, provides the centerpiece for “Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya,” an exhibition opening at Penn Museum April 5 and running through December before beginning a multi-city national tour.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 2, 2009

Penn Research Team Tests Bedside Monitoring of Brain Blood Flow and Metabolism in Stroke Victims


PHILADELPHIA – A University of Pennsylvania team has completed the first successful demonstration of a noninvasive optical device to monitor cerebral blood flow in patients with acute stroke, a leading cause of disability and death.

The ultimate goal of this research is to improve the management of patients with stroke and other brain disorders by providing continuous bedside monitoring of brain blood flow and metabolism.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 26, 2009

Penn Evolutionary Biologist and Computer Scientist Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships


PHILADELPHIA -– Joshua Plotkin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Steve Zdancewic, associate professor of computer and information science at Penn, have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows for 2009.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2009

Penn Opens Center for Particle Cosmology to Study Early Nature of the Universe

MEDIA ADVISORY & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WHAT:

Leading experts in physics and astronomy will gather for a reception celebrating the launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Particle Cosmology, a joint venture between cosmology and particle physics which provides an incubator for research into dark matter, dark energy and the nature of the early universe, fostering the development of new theoretical approaches.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 28, 2009

It's The Network: Penn Researchers Examine Behavior, Consensus Building Influenced By Network Structure


PHILADELPHIA –- A team of computer scientists at the University of Pennsylvania investigating the political, social and economic struggle between individual self-interest and the need to build a consensus have learned that, depending only on the structure of the network of participants, they can engineer surprising experimental results.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 28, 2009

Brain Structure Assists in Immune Response, According to Penn Vet Study


PHILADELPHIA –- For the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have imaged in real time the body’s immune response to a parasitic infection in the brain.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 22, 2009

Just Living With Females Extends the Reproductive Life of the Male Mouse, Says Penn Veterinary Researcher

PHILADELPHIA –- Living with a female mouse can extend the reproductive life of a male mouse by as much as 20 percent, according to a study conducted by Ralph Brinster and a team of other researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The study was reported online today in the journal Biology of Reproduction.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 24, 2008

Embryonic Heart Cells Thrive Only in an Environment That's Just Right, Penn Study Says


PHILADELPHIA –- Cellular engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have determined that cardiomyocytes, the specialized cells that form the heart muscle, thrive when cultured in an environment that mimics their own elastic nature but falter, weaken or die when “grown” on stiffer or softer materials.