Southerners Sleepiest, U.S. ‘Sleep Map’ Shows

February 23, 2012

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study about sleep disturbances illustrated through state-by-state sleep maps.

Article Source: HealthDay

Like Pompeii, Ancient China Forest Buried by Volcano

February 23, 2012

Hermann Pfefferkorn of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on being among those to help discover a 300-million-year-old fossil forest in China.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460February 24, 2012

Feb. 28 Penn Lightbulb Café to Focus on Children Asking for Help in the Classroom

PHILADELPHIA – At the Penn Lightbulb Café on Tuesday, Feb. 28, Jessica McCrory Calarco, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, will discuss her research about the correlation between socioeconomic class and children’s seeking help in the classroom. 

The free lecture series takes discussions about the arts, humanities and social sciences out of the classroom for a night on the town.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369February 23, 2012

Sleepless in the South: Penn Medicine Study Discovers State and Regional Prevalence of Sleep Issues

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have put sleeplessness on the map — literally. The research team, analyzing nationwide data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has produced the first state-by-state sleep maps for the United States, revealing that residents of Southern states suffer from the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while residents on the West Coast report the least amount of problems.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604February 22, 2012

Penn Researchers Build First Physical “Metatronic” Circuit

PHILADELPHIA -- The technological world of the 21st century owes a tremendous amount to advances in electrical engineering, specifically, the ability to finely control the flow of electrical charges using increasingly small and complicated circuits. And while those electrical advances continue to race ahead, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing circuitry forward in a different way, by replacing electricity with light.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-459-0544February 20, 2012

Penn: New Combo of Chemo and Well-Known Malaria Drug Delivers Double Punch to Tumors

Blocking autophagy -- the process of "self-eating" within cells -- is turning out to be a viable way to enhance the effectiveness of a wide variety of cancer treatments.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194February 20, 2012

Penn Researcher Helps Discover and Characterize a 300-Million-Year Old Forest, Preserved Like Pompeii

PHILADELPHIA — Pompeii-like, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604February 20, 2012

Four Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA — Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.

Penn’s 2012 Sloan Fellows are:

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-349-5964February 17, 2012

Penn Science Cafe Presents Swarms of Flying Robots

On Tuesday, February 21, two members of Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will take part in the Penn Science Café, the free lecture series that for more than five years has taken science out of the lab for a night on the town.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820February 17, 2012

Despite Leadership, Maryland Higher Education Is Leaving Citizens Behind, Penn GSE Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA — Maryland’s higher education system is leaving poor, black and Hispanic residents behind, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Higher Education Research, “Much Accomplished, Much at Stake: Performance and Policy in Maryland Higher Education.”