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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 28, 2013

Penn: ‘Endowment Effect’ Not Present in Hunter-Gatherer Societies

Centuries of economic theory have been based on one simple premise: when given a choice between two items, people make the rational decision and select the one they value more. But as with many simple premises, this one has a flaw in that it is demonstrably untrue.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 17, 2013

Nano/Bio Interface Center at Penn to Host Annual NanoDay

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the University of Pennsylvania’s Nano/Bio Interface Center will host its annual NanoDay@Penn. This public education and outreach event will feature a series of talks, demonstrations and exhibits dealing with nanotechnology, a rapidly expanding scientific discipline that involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 14, 2013

New Network and Data Sciences Center to Open at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania is launching a new, interdisciplinary research effort to study and solve problems using the tools of the digital age: The Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences.  

Amazon Ecology: Footprints in the Forest

October 9, 2013

Clark Erickson of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about the impact of indigenous peoples in the Amazon rainforest.

Article Source: Nature
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 10, 2013

Investigating Skeletal Muscle Healing, Penn's Rakesh Goli Finds a Love for Research

Rakesh Goli is leaning toward a career in medicine. But the excitement of scientific research also appeals, leaving him unsure of whether he wants to commit to a future spent exclusively in the clinic.

Fortunately, the University of Pennsylvania sophomore doesn’t have to make up his mind just yet.

Christopher Fang-Yen of Penn Engineering Receives New Scholar Award in Aging

Christopher Fang-Yen of Bioengineering has received the 2013 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging. He will study hundreds of thousands of simple worms to compare the genetic correlates of their lifespans.

Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?

October 4, 2013

David Roos of the School of Arts and Sciences is mentioned for his complaint to Science magazine about the deceptive practices of open-access journals.

Article Source: Science Magazine
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 8, 2013

Penn Scientists Celebrate Role in Higgs Discovery That Led to Nobel Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 2, 2013

Penn Celebrates Opening of Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The University of Pennsylvania will officially open the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology on October 4.

Three With Local Ties Named MacArthur Fellows

September 25, 2013

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for being named a MacArthur Fellow.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer