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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

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

Penn Team Shares in 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

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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

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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:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 2, 2015

Penn-led Research Elucidates Genetics Behind Salmonella’s Host Specificity

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Research by a team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has shown, using genomic techniques, that slight variations in the coding sequence of proteins that bind Salmonella to host cells can determine what type of animal a particular strain infects.

It’s called bird flu for a reason. Particular characteristics about the influenza virus known as H5N1 allow it to primarily affect avifauna, though in some worrying cases the disease has been passed to humans.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 29, 2015

Penn Study Blocks Ebola Virus Budding by Regulating Calcium Signaling

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Research led by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine scientists showed that blocking a calcium-signaling pathway could inhibit not only the Ebola virus, but also Marburg, Lassa and Junin viruses, all sources of deadly infections.

The Ebola virus acts fast. The course of infection, from exposure to recovery, or death, can take as little as two weeks. That may not leave enough time for the immune system to mount an effective response.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 27, 2015

Penn Leads International Collaboration to Re-engineer Disaster Tents

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop materials for multifunctional coatings on emergency tents, enabling them to manage water, prevent the spread of bacteria and capture and store solar energy.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Study Shows How Stem Cell Therapy Protects Bone in Lupus

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University of Pennsylvania researchers and colleagues have puzzled out a mechanism by which stem cell transplants may help preserve bone in an animal model of lupus.

People with lupus, an autoimmune disease, suffer from fatigue, joint pain and swelling and also have a markedly increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Clinical trials have shown that receiving a transplant of mesenchymal stem cells can greatly improve the condition of lupus patients, yet it has not been clear why this treatment strategy works so well.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 21, 2015

Fulbright Scholarship to Bring Penn Dental Medicine Professor Full Circle

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For Sunday Akintoye, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, his recent selection as a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria is taking him full circle, giving him the opportunity to return to his native country to conduct research and teach where he began his dental training.

For Sunday Akintoye, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, his recent selection as a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 20, 2015

National Academy of Medicine Elects Three New Members from Penn

Three professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been elected members to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine. NAM was originally the Institute of Medicine, which was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise the nation on medical and health issues.