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Penn Scientists Share $2 Million to Develop Tool to Study Proteins at Work in Living Cells
October 23, 2007
PHILADELPHIA  - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania will share in a three-year grant worth approximately $2 million to develop technology to identify, in real time, proteins at work inside living cells.  Partnering with Anima Cell Metrology Inc., the resulting technology will be used in basic science research and in the development of drugs and novel medical treatments.
Penn Researchers Pinpoint the Brain Waves That Distinguish False Memories From Real Ones
October 23, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - For the first time, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are able to pinpoint brain waves that distinguish true from false memories, providing a better understanding of how memory works and creating a new strategy to help epilepsy patients retain cognitive function. The study, the first to show that brain waves predict the veracity of human memories, is available online in the journal Psychological Science and in the November 2007 print edition.
Penn Science Cafe Presents: The Dark Side of the Moon Mission, With Dr. Ravi Sheth
October 18, 2007
WHO: Dr. Ravi Sheth, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania WHAT: The Penn Science Cafe lecture series, free and open to the public, takes science out of the laboratory and treats it to a night on the town.                  The Cafe is your chance to ask a leading expert your questions about science. WHERE: Bubble House, 3404 Sansom Streeet, Philadelphia WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.             Doors open at 5:30 p.m.             Menu items available for purchase.
Penn Scientists Receive Five-Year, $2.5 Million Grant to Study Climate Change in Mongolia
October 17, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - A team of ecologists and evolutionary biologists from the University of Pennsylvania has received a five-year, approximately $2.5 million grant to examine the ecological and societal consequences of increased grazing and rising temperatures in the Lake Hvsgl region of northern Mongolia.
Stem Cell Nuclei Are Soft 'Hard Drives,' Penn Study Finds
October 11, 2007
PHILADELPHIA- Biophysicists at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that the nuclei of human stem cells are particularly soft and flexible, rather than hard, making it easier for stem cells to migrate through the body and to adopt different shapes, but ultimately to put human genes in the correct nuclear "sector" for proper access and expression.
Penn Professor Named to Leadership Role in New Neuroscience and Law Project
October 9, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Stephen Morse, a University of Pennsylvania law and psychiatry professor, is among scientists, legal scholars, jurists and philosophers who will help integrate new developments in neuroscience into the U.S. legal system.   The Law and Neuroscience Project, based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is being created by a $10 million MacArthur Foundation grant.  The program is the first systematic effort to bridge the fields of law and science in considering how courts should deal with new brain-scanning techniques as they apply to matters of law.
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Ranks Adolph Reed as Most Cited Black Political Scientist
September 25, 2007
PHILADELPHIA -- Adolph Reed, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is the most cited black political scientist in the just published Journal of Blacks in Higher Education's Annual Citation Rankings of Black Scholars. With 59 citations, Reed holds the 14th spot overall in the JBHE Citation Rankings of Black Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities and is tied for the 16th spot overall with David Levering Lewis of New York University in the JBHE Citation Rankings of Black Scholars in the Arts and Humanities.  
Richard Hodges Named Director of University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
August 28, 2007
PHILADELPHIA -- Richard Hodges has been named the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Hodges will join Penn Oct. 1 from his position as director of the Institute of World Archaeology at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
University of Pennsylvania Researchers Develop Formula to Gauge Risk of Disease Clusters
August 16, 2007
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a mathematical formula to assess whether concentrated disease outbreaks can be ascribed to random-chance events or, instead, suggest a contagious or environmental effect that requires epidemiological investigation. A feature of the formula is that, given the relevant data, the required probability calculations can be done in less than five seconds on a personal computer.
Understanding Smooth Eye Pursuit - The Incredible Targeting System of Human Vision
June 26, 2007
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shed new light on how the brain and eye team up to spot an object in motion and follow it, a classic question of human motor control.  The study shows that two distinctly different ways of seeing motion are used - one to catch up to a moving object with our eyes, a second to lock on and examine it.