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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 8, 2013

Penn Research Shows That Young Children Have Grammar and Chimpanzees Don’t

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania has shown that children as young as 2 understand basic grammar rules when they first learn to speak and are not simply imitating adults.

The Checkup: Competition and Cash Are a Great Combo for Weight Loss, Penn Study Finds

April 4, 2013

A Penn study about the connection between weight loss competitions and money is cited.

Article Source: The Philly Post

The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent

April 2, 2013

William Labov and doctoral candidate Josef Fruehwald of the School of Arts and Sciences are featured for their research on the evolution of the Philadelphia accent.

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Obama Seeks $100M for Brain Mapping

April 3, 2013

Frances Jensen of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on President Obama’s announcement of the BRAIN Initiative.

Article Source: Philly.com

Balding in African-American Men May Be Sign of Prostate Cancer Risk

March 27, 2013

Charnita Zeigler-Johnson of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on studying how baldness may be a sign of prostate cancer risk in African-American men.

Article Source: CBC News
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 28, 2013

Penn Researchers Show Stem Cell Fate Depends on ‘Grip’

The field of regenerative medicine holds great promise, propelled by greater understanding of how stem cells differentiate themselves into many of the body’s different cell types. But clinical applications in the field have been slow to materialize, partially owing to difficulties in replicating the conditions these cells naturally experience.

Audio: Dr. Ben Horton, University of Pennsylvania – Historic Sea Level Change

March 25, 2013

Benjamin Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his research of sea level change.

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Parents and Children’s Hospital Researchers Await Results on an Experimental Leukemia Gene Therapy

March 26, 2013

Carl June and David Porter of the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for researching T-cell therapy for leukemia.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 27, 2013

Sugar Triggers Plants to Mature to Adulthood, Penn Biologists Find

Like animals, plants go through several stages of development before they reach maturity. It has long been thought that some of the transitions between these stages are triggered by changes in the nutritional status of the plant.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 26, 2013

Penn Linguistics Researchers Document Philadelphia’s Shift to a Northern Accent

A new study by University of Pennsylvania linguists shows that the Philadelphia accent has changed in the last century. The traditional Southern inflections associated with Philadelphia native-born speakers are increasingly being displaced by Northern influences.