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

The New York City Premiere of the Documentary BLAST!, featuring Penn's Balloon-Borne, High-Altitude Telescope


WHAT: The 2008 documentary film BLAST! follows a team of scientists, led by Mark Devlin, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, in their attempts to figure out how galaxies form by launching a revolutionary new telescope on a NASA high-altitude balloon.

The film follows cosmologists from Sweden to Antarctica as they attempt — and fail and try again — to launch the high-altitude telescope above the earth’s atmosphere.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 3, 2009
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 13, 2009

Arjun G. Yodh Named Director of Penn's Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter


PHILADELPHIA –- Arjun G. Yodh, a researcher studying condensed matter physics, medical and biophysics and optics has been named director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 30, 2009