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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 3, 2015

Penn Study Identifies Viral Product That Promotes Immune Defense Against RSV

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Research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Carolina López found a viral product that promotes a strong immune response against respiratory syncytial virus, a threat to infants and the elderly.

Almost all human beings are exposed to the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, before their second birthdays. For most, the symptoms mimic those of the common cold: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151September 1, 2015

2016 Kelly Writers House Fellows Announced at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania will host Samuel R. Delany, Eileen Myles and Matthew Weiner as Kelly Writers House fellows during the spring 2016 semester. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Sigrid Wolff | sigrid.wolff@zi-mannheim.de | +49 621 1703-1301September 1, 2015

Penn and German Researchers Help Identify Neural Basis of Multitasking

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By studying networks of activity in the brain's frontal cortex, researchers have shown that the degree to which these networks reconfigure themselves while switching from task to task predicts people’s cognitive flexibility.

What makes someone better at switching between different tasks?

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151August 31, 2015

Exploring Family Roots Through Penn

Kristen Kelly exudes confidence as she quickly strides across the University of Pennsylvania campus. Through her academic pursuits and the relationships she’s developed at Penn, the native Philadelphian is comfortable with her multi-racial identity and with her place in the world.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 August 26, 2015

Penn Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million in Kaufman Foundation Awards

University of Pennsylvania researchers will receive five of the 10 grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 25, 2015

Engineering Sophomore at Penn Researches Deception and Humor in Business

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Mark Liam Murphy, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., spent his summer exploring business psychology topics, like humor and deception, as a part of the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program.

As students, engineers-to-be rarely get a chance to examine topics in business psychology, but Mark Liam Murphy, a sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., spent his first summer on campus at the University of Pennsylvania doing just that. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 24, 2015

World Water Week at Penn

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Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Robert Sanders | rlsanders@berkeley.edu | 510-643-6998 August 20, 2015

Experiment Attempts to Snare Penn Astrophysicist’s Dark Energy ‘Chameleons’

If dark energy is hiding in the form of hypothetical particles called “chameleons,” a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, plans to flush them out.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 17, 2015

Penn Researchers Use Nanoscopic Pores to Investigate Protein Structure

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. 

In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

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World Water Week, Aug. 23-28, 2015

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

David Galligan Professor of Animal Health Economics and Director of the Center for Animal Health and Productivity at New Bolton Center

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Galligan's research focuses on the economic value of veterinary issues in animal production. He can discuss the preservation of water as a resource and the importance of water in animal agriculture. Through his work with the Center for Animal Health and Productivity, he has illustrated how increasing the amount of milk produced by each cow has dramatically cut the amount of water needed by a dairy operation. 

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Louisa Shepherd, 610-925-6241 or lshepard@vet.upenn.edu

Deborah Mandell Staff Veterinarian at Ryan Veterinary Hospital

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to her role at Penn Vet, Dr. Mandell serves as the American Red Cross Pet Care Advisor. She can discuss hydration recommendations and emergency care information for pets. 

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Ashley Berke, 215-898-1475 or berke@vet.upenn.edu

Deborah Silverstein Associate Professor in Emergency and Critical Care

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Silverstein is an expert in emergency and critical care medicine. She can discuss microcirculation and the effects of IV fluid on circulation during surgery in pets. 

Media Contact
Ashley Berke, 215-898-1475 or berke@vet.upenn.edu

Alexander Reiter Associate Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Reiter's areas of expertise include periodontal and dental disease, jaw fracture healing and palate defect repair as well as tissue regeneration. He can discuss the benefits and risks of fluoride use in pets. 

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Ashley Berke, 215-898-1475 or berke@vet.upenn.edu

Trevor Penning Professor of Pharmacology

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Penning is the director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, which focuses on the mechanistic links between environmental exposures and human disease. CEET translates its findings into action to improve the health of vulnerable individuals and local, national and global communities. He can discuss how water resources relate to fracking and environmental health.

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Karen Kreeger, 215-349-5658 or Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu