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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 4, 2016

Two Penn Professors Call Attention to the Use of Race in Human Genetic Research

Two University of Pennsylvania professors are coauthors, along with two other scholars, on a perspective piece published this week in the journal Science that calls for an end to the use of genetic concepts of race in biological research.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 26, 2016

Penn Team Devises Easier Way to Make ‘Bijels,’ a Complex New Form of Liquid Matter

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Known as a bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gel, or bijel, this new type of emulsion is eyed as a kind of liquid conveyor belt for continuous chemical reactions.

Oil and water famously don't mix, but finely dispersing one in the other produces a liquid mixture with many useful properties. An emulsion consisting of tiny droplets of one of those liquids immersed in the other is the most common form, found in everything from salad dressings, to cosmetics to industrial lubricants.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 22, 2016
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2016

Penn Computer Scientists Join NSF ‘DeepSpec’ Expedition to Eliminate Software Bugs

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One of the National Science Foundation’s flagship research initiatives, DeepSpec aims to develop a better, more comprehensive way of approaching software design that will help eliminate bugs and vulnerabilities before they endanger users or become targets for hackers.

The transformative power of computer software is everywhere, from the smartphone apps that connect the world to the laptop programs that simplify daily tasks at work and home to the software hidden inside physical objects like automobiles and pacemakers that is crucial for their safe operation.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | Leeann.Donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660December 17, 2015

Penn Researchers Use Network Science to Help Pinpoint Source of Seizures

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Using brain data crowdsourced from 22 epilepsy patients with implanted electrodes, the researchers have developed a series of algorithms that can predict where in the brain a seizure will originate and which groups of neurons it will likely spread to as it grows.

For the third of all epilepsy patients who don’t respond to medication, an alternative is to locate the small cluster of neurons that act as the seed of a seizure’s aberrant electrical activity and surgically remove it. Unfortunately, such surgeries often fail to bring any relief.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751December 17, 2015

Penn Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Minorities Less Likely to Trust Physicians

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Abigail Sewell of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences found that minority groups like African-Americans and Latinos are less likely than whites to believe their physicians care about them.

When it comes to trust in their physicians, minority groups in the United States are less likely than white people to believe their doctors care about them, according to research by University of Pennsylvania’s Abigail Sewell.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 16, 2015

Penn Biologists-in-training Used Genomic Techniques to Study Campus Microbes

The premier scientists at the University of Pennsylvania rely on next-generation sequencing techniques to elicit new information about the living world. Now, freshmen can do the same thing.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 15, 2015

East Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Stayed Frozen for 14 Million Years, Penn Team Reports

Antarctica was once a balmier place, lush with plants and lakes. Figuring out just how long the continent has been a barren, cold desert of ice can give clues as to how Antarctica responded to the effects of past climates and can perhaps also indicate what to expect there as Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide grows.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751December 14, 2015

Kindness, Charitable Behavior Influenced by Amygdala, Penn Research Reveals

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University of Pennsylvania PIK professor Michael Platt discovered that the amygdala, a small structure in the brain, is associated with charitable giving and positive social behavior, not just fear.

The amygdala, a small structure at the front end of the brain’s temporal lobe, has long been associated with negative behaviors generally, and specifically with fear. But new research from Michael Platt, the James S.

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

Gene Pair Plays Crucial Role in Colon Cancer, Penn Vet Team Shows

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and researchers are hard at work to understand the disease’s complex molecular underpinnings.