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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 12, 2015

Ancient Mass Extinction Led to Dominance of Tiny Fish, Penn Paleontologist Shows

According to new research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauren Sallan, a mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg event triggered a drastic and lasting transformation of Earth’s vertebrate community. Beforehand, large creatures were the norm, but, for at least 40 million years following the die-off, the oceans were dominated by markedly smaller fish.

When times are good, it pays to be the big fish in the sea; in the aftermath of disaster, however, smaller is better.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Stephen Graff | Stephen.Graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653November 10, 2015

Penn Collaborating in NSF’s Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

Massive datasets and novel computational techniques are changing how individuals and societies approach day-to-day tasks. Data analytics promise to deliver individually tailored treatment to medical patients, massively reduce energy use in buildings and radically improve teaching methods in schools, among other advances.

The University of Pennsylvania is taking part in the newly established National Science Foundation Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964November 8, 2015

Penn Study Asks: To Improve Patients' Health, Should you Pay Physicians, Patients, or Both?

Providing financial incentives to both primary care physicians and patients leads to a greater reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients than paying only the physician or only the patient, according to a new study led by researchers at the 

Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 9, 2015

Penn Team Shares in 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The Prize was presented by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.”

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, which includes physicists from the University of Pennsylvania, shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 7, 2015

Penn Research Contributes New Understanding of the ‘Dewetting’ Process

When a material, typically a liquid, is confined by surfaces that it doesn't like, the material can be expelled from the confining region in a process called “dewetting.”

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 6, 2015

Nano/Bio Interface Center Recognizes Student Achievements at Penn’s NanoDay 2015

Every year, the University of Pennsylvania’s Nano/Bio Interface Center sponsors a day of education and outreach programs highlighting Penn’s interdisciplinary nanotechnology research.

By Niharika Gupta

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 5, 2015

Transparent Zebrafish Reveal How Axons Regenerate on a Proper Path, Finds Penn Study

When peripheral nerves are damaged and their vital synaptic paths are disrupted, they have the ability to regenerate and reestablish lost connections. But what about when a nerve is severed completely, its original route lost?

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660November 3, 2015

Brain's Hippocampus Is Essential Structure for All Aspects of Recognition Memory, Penn Medicine Researchers Find

The hippocampus, a brain structure known to play a role in memory and spatial navigation, is essential to one’s ability to recognize previously encountered events, objects, or people – a phenomenon known as recognition memory – according to new research from the departments of Neurosurgery and Psychology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the Unive

Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751November 4, 2015

Penn, Notre Dame Researchers Mapping Genetic History of the Caribbean

To understand migration patterns of the Caribbean, Theodore Schurr of Anthropology and Med’s Jill Gaieski mapped the genetic history of the Lesser Antilles, one island at a time.

In the island chain called the Lesser Antilles, stretching from the Virgin Islands south to Trinidad and Tobago, a team of researchers lead by Theodore Schurr, an anthropology professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences, is so

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937November 4, 2015

Penn Study Shows Evidence-based Practice Model Can Help Hospitals Crunch Data to Deliver Best Care

Amid continued pressures to minimize errors and cut costs, hospitals are continuing to scramble to find solutions to problems plaguing health systems nationwide.