News Releases

Low-calorie Diet Enhances Intestinal Regeneration After Injury
February 22, 2018
Dramatic calorie restriction, diets reduced by 40 percent of a normal calorie total, have long been known to extend health span, the duration of disease-free aging, in animal studies, and even to extend life span in most animal species examined. Further research has shown that animals fed restricted-calorie diets are also better able to regenerate numerous tissues after injury.
New Open-access Data Resource Aims to Bolster Collaboration in Global Infectious Disease Research
February 21, 2018
Population-based epidemiological studies provide new opportunities for innovation and collaboration among researchers addressing pressing global-health concerns. As with the vast quantities of information emerging in other fields, from economic modeling to weather surveillance to genomic medicine, the technical challenges of sharing and mining gigantic datasets can hamper such efforts.
‘Increasing Access’: How the 1vyG Conference Strengthens the FGLI Community at Penn and Elsewhere
February 20, 2018
Penn hosted the fourth annual 1vyG Conference to celebrate the resiliency, success and determination of first-generation, low-income students. By bringing FGLI students together with administrators, attendees were able to share resources, learn from each other and identify additional areas of need.
Penn Engineers Test Drug Transfer Using Placenta-on-a-Chip
February 20, 2018
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have demonstrated the feasibility of their “organ-on-a-chip” platform in studying how drugs are transported across the human placental barrier.
Astronomers Reveal Secrets of Most Distant Supernova Ever Detected
February 20, 2018
An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, has confirmed the discovery of the most distant supernova ever detected, a huge cosmic explosion that took place 10.5 billion years ago when the universe was only a quarter of its current age.
Hult Prize Ivy Provides Direct Path for Pitching Student Business Plans With Social Impact
February 15, 2018
By Julie McWilliams Tiffany Yau seems to have a talent for seeing things as they might be, not as they are. Maybe that comes from years of learning magic tricks with her grandfather. Maybe it comes from years of dedication to issues with great social impact. Regardless, after a couple of years working with other University of Pennsylvania students on applications to the Hult Prize Foundation for social-impact business funding, she envisioned a better way: Hult Prize Ivy.
5 Science-Based Tips for Building Love That Lasts
February 13, 2018
A new book from husband-and-wife duo James Pawelski of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn alum Suzann Pileggi Pawelski, offers science- and philosophy-backed tips to build a thriving romance, like shaping a healthy passion rather than an obsession and playing to each partner’s strengths.
Female Veterans Share Personal Stories of ‘Coming Home’
February 13, 2018
Former military personnel shared their experiences during “Sacrifice and Service: When Women Come Marching Home,” a panel discussion on the difficulties involved with making the transition back to civilian life, particularly among veterans who are also female.