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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 5, 2016

Penn Resource Offers Insight Into American Language, Slang and Culture

When Shiho Nagai began attending the informal, not-for-credit slanguage sessions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Christian Association, she had in mind improving her English skills.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2015

Penn Chemists Put a New Twist on Chirality

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Chemistry’s Virgil Percec has lead a team of researchers in a study that shows chiral structures, which have a defined handedness, can be made out of a mix of left- and right-handed parts.

Biological molecules are chiral. Like gloves, they have either left- or right-handed versions that can’t be superimposed on one another. Macromolecules like DNA are also chiral and are exclusively made of building blocks with the same handedness.  

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 14, 2015

Penn Vet Team Identifies a Form of Congenital Night Blindness in Dogs

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Working in collaboration with Japanese scientists, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have for the first time found a form of CSNB in dogs. Their discovery and subsequent hunt for the genetic mutation responsible may one day allow for the development of gene therapy to correct the dysfunction in people as well as dogs.

People with congenital stationary night blindness, or CSNB, have normal vision during the day but find it difficult or impossible to distinguish objects in low light. This rare condition is present from birth and can seriously impact quality of life, especially in locations and conditions where artificial illumination is not available.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 15, 2014

Doctoral Research Takes Penn Student to Mountains of Japan for Ascetic Retreats

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No one can blame Frank Clements if he spends some time catching up on his favorite pastimes watching TV shows on Netflix, reading and running, now that he’s back home from an ascetic research trip to the mountains of Japan. The Penn Ph.D. student’s dissertation centers on the Shugendô mountain religious tradition.

No one can blame Frank Clements if he spends some time catching up on his favorite pastimes watching TV shows on Netflix, reading and running, now that he’s back home from an ascetic research trip to the mountains of Japan.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 25, 2014

Penn Undergrad Researches Cross-cultural Implications of the ‘Gangnam Phenomenon’

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University Scholar Sheryl Li, a senior from Plano, Texas, spent two summers researching the impact of Korean Wave and K-pop and its influence in China and then Japan.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 16, 2014

Cosmologists at Penn Weigh Cosmic Filaments and Voids

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Dark matter is thought to exist in a vast network of filaments throughout the universe, pulling luminous galaxies into an interconnected web of clusters, interspersed with seemingly empty voids. Penn researchers have measured the "weight" of these voids and filaments for the first time, showing the former are not as empty as they look.

Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can’t be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational pull on surrounding objects.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 25, 2013

Japan-RAMS Scholars at Penn ‘Cracking Code’ of Early Modern Japanese Manuscripts

A group of scholars at the University of Pennsylvania is working to make the skill of reading manuscript text a hallmark of the Japanese studies program at Penn.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 21, 2013

Penn Students Travel the World to Research Alternative Currencies

There are about 4,000 alternative currencies in use around the world, and they vary widely. In Zimbabwe, a country with so much hyperinflation that it hasn’t had a national currency since 2009, people create colorful non-bank notes and barter for goods and services.

Japan Market Gyrations Underline Economy’s Vulnerability While Verdict Still Out on Abenomics

May 24, 2013

Franklin Allen of the Wharton School says Japan has a long-term debt problem and predicts financial stability if long-term government bond yields rise.

Article Source: Washinton Post

Penn's Gutmann in Tokyo to talk to Wharton alums

May 24, 2013

President Amy Gutmann is touting Penn’s work in the world of massive open online courses in a speech to Wharton alumni in Tokyo.

Article Source: Philly.com