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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 8, 2012

Penn Hosts First Ivy Plus STEM Symposium

This weekend, Penn hosted the first Ivy Plus Symposium and workshops for diverse scholars, a national conference designed to encourage exceptional undergraduate students to pursue advanced training in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. 

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 8, 2012

Bitter Taste Receptors Regulate the Upper Respiratory Defense System, Penn Medicine Study Reveals

PHILADELPHIA — A new study from a team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, reveals that a person’s ability to taste certain bitter flavors is directly related to their ability to fight off upper respiratory tract infections, specifically chronic sinus infections.  The new research is published in the latest edition of the Journ

Study: Men With Shaved Heads Look More Dominant

October 8, 2012

Albert Mannes of the Wharton School comments on research about the perception of bald men.

Article Source: CBC News
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820
Media Contact:Kat Stein | katstein@gse.upenn.edu | 215-898-9642October 5, 2012

Facing Global Educational Issues: Penn GSE Researchers in Austria

Marybeth Gasman and Laura Perna, two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education are in Austria this week for the Salzburg Global Seminar

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183October 4, 2012

Penn Researchers Create a Universal Map of Vision in the Human Brain

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly 100 years after a British neurologist first mapped the blind spots caused by missile wounds to the brains of soldiers, Perelman School of Medicine researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have perfected his map using modern-day technology. Their results create a map of vision in the brain based upon an individual's brain structure, even for people who cannot see.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 15, 2012

Mission Possible: 
Penn’s Troops Lecture Program Works With Local Soldiers on Archaeological Conservation

War is not good for historical and archaeological preservation, and a University of Pennsylvania professor is working with the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force to do something about it.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5654October 3, 2012

U.S. Department of Defense Awards Penn Researchers Funding to Investigate New Anti-Infection Drug

PHILADELPHIAA team of researchers led by Samir Mehta, MD, chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Service at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $2.5 million grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), provided through the U.S.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 3, 2012

Penn-developed Mouse Model of Debilitating Lung Disease Suggests Potential Treatment Regimen

PHILADELPHIA — LAM, short for pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis, affects about 1 in 10,000 women of childbearing age and is characterized by proliferation of smooth muscle-like cells in the lung, destruction of lung tissue, and growth of lymphatic vessels. The disease is caused by inactivation of either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, but to date no animal model has been able to replicate the pathologic features those mutations produce in humans.

Survival of the Nicest: Friendly Baboons Live Longest

October 2, 2012

Robert Seyfarth is cited and Dorothy Cheney of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about their research involving baboon personalities.

Article Source: Wired

Study Shows Baldness Can Be a Business Advantage

October 2, 2012

Albert Mannes of the Wharton School is cited for conducting experiments to test peoples’ perceptions of bald men.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal