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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 28, 2014

Penn and Berkeley Researchers Find Path to New Kinds of Computers With Faster-switching Ferroelectrics

Ferroelectric materials, commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more, could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 23, 2014

Penn Physicist Alison Sweeney Receives 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Wednesday that Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151November 11, 2014

Senior Cait Breslin Complements Penn Education With Study Abroad

For University of Pennsylvania senior Cait Breslin, studying abroad in Buenos Aires and in Kolkata has been an important part of her college experience. And she says it is good preparation toward her long-term goal of becoming a physician.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 27, 2014

Penn’s Celebration of Innovation Features Silfen Forum With Amy Gutmann and Walter Isaacson

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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, celebrating innovation at Penn and showcasing Penn’s South Bank, a hub for innovation and new business ventures.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 22, 2014

Want to Change the World? Penn Has a Prize for That

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The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway. As many as three seniors who design and undertake local, national or global engagement projects for the first year following their graduation will be selected for the President’s Engagement Prizes, which consist of $50,000 for living expenses and as much as $100,000 for project implementation expenses.

The big banner on the ARCH on Locust Walk and the emails from President Gutmann to the senior class have gotten the message out: The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 21, 2014

Penn Launches Climate Action Plan 2.0

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Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania today announced the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.

Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania today announced the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 5, 2014

Readmission Rates Above Average for Survivors of Septic Shock, Penn Study Finds

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Penn Medicine researchers have now shown that while most patients now survive a hospital stay for septic shock, 23 percent will return to the hospital within 30 days, many with another life-threatening condition -- a rate substantially higher than the normal readmission rate at a large academic medical center.

A diagnosis of septic shock was once a near death sentence. At best, survivors suffered a substantially reduced quality of life.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964November 6, 2014

Penn Study: Olaparib Shows Promise As Treatment Option for Patients with BRCA-Related Cancers

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A Penn Medicine study Finds Olaparib shows success in tumor response rate for patients with BRCA-related cancers. The study's results provide promising treatment option and improved survival rates for patients with ovarian, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers

Olaparib, an experimental twice-daily oral cancer drug, produces an overall tumor response rate of 26 percent in several advanced cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, according to new research co-led by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 10, 2014

Classification of Gene Mutations in a Children's Cancer May Point to Improved Treatments

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Penn Medicine and CHOP Experts Define Riskier Mutations in Neuroblastoma, Setting Stage for Clinical Trial

Oncology researchers studying gene mutations in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma are refining their diagnostic tools to predict which patients are more likely to respond to drugs called ALK inhibitors that target such mutations. Removing some of the guesswork in diagnosis and treatment, the researchers say, may lead to more successful outcomes for children with this often-deadly cancer.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 10, 2014

Penn Center for Innovation Celebrates Launch

WHO:

Amy Gutmann
President, University of Pennsylvania

Michael A. Nutter
Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Dawn Bonnell
Vice Provost for Research

John Swartley
Director, Penn Center for Innovation
Assistant Vice Provost for Research

WHAT:

 Penn Center for Innovation Launch Celebration

WHEN:

Nov. 17, 2014
4 p.m – 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Prince Theater
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut St.
Philadelphia

ABOUT:

The Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good, will be formally launched at an event on Monday, November 17.

Gutmann, Nutter, Bonnell and Swartley will discuss how PCI will accelerate the translation of Penn discoveries and ideas into commercial products, businesses, and services, as well as the role the University plays in the local, national and global entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Top Penn researchers and members of the business and venture capital community will have the opportunity to meet at a reception to follow. 

Attendance is free and open to the public, but email registration is mandatory.