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Planet of the Apes: A Newer, Branched Picture of Human Roots in Africa

September 24, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine and Joseph Lachance of the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for their research of human genetics.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 20, 2012

Queer Bioethics Comes to Life at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — It’s not every day that a new academic discipline is born. But that’s exactly what happened in 2010, when the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality and Gender Identity — or “Queer Bioethics,” for short — came to life at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 17, 2012

As World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera Records First Images, Penn Team Gears Up to Study Dark Energy

Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On Sept. 17, that ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, captured and recorded it for the first time.

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Media Contact:Susan Crane | cranesj@upenn.edu | 215-247-5777 x121September 11, 2012

Morris Arboretum’s Weekday Lecture Series, Connections Beyond Our Garden, Returns

PHILADELPHIA -- Morris Arboretum’s mid-week afternoon series continues this fall with three talks designed to stimulate and enrich, whether you are a gardener or not. The selected speakers will take you beyond the garden, to their world in the arts, humanities, sciences, sustainability, ornithology and travel.
 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 10, 2012

Compound Derived From a Mushroom Lengthens Survival Time in Dogs With Cancer, Penn Vet Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA — Dogs with hemangiosarcoma that were treated with a compound derived from the Coriolus versicolor mushroom had the longest survival times ever reported for dogs with the disease. These promising findings offer hope that the compound may one day offer cancer patients — human and canine alike — a viable alternative or complementary treatment to traditional chemotherapies.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 10, 2012

Penn Team Finds Key Molecules Involved in Forming Long-term Memories

PHILADELPHIA — How does one’s experience of an event get translated into a memory that can be accessed months, even years later? A team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has come closer to answering that question, identifying key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones. These proteins may offer a target for drugs that can enhance memory, alleviating some of the cognitive symptoms that characterize conditions including schizophrenia, depression and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Biotech Is Thrusting Us Into New Political Territory

August 27, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences shares his views about the future of biotech research.

Article Source: New Scientist
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 17, 2012

Penn Dental Welcomes Class of 2016 With White Coat Ceremony

WHO:            Dean Denis Kinane, School of Dental Medicine, Dean Afaf Meleis, School of Nursing Dean Emeritus D. Walter Cohen, School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2016, School of Dental Medicine

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 16, 2012

Researchers from Penn, USGS and the Smithsonian Augment Climate Records Using Fossil Pollen

PHILADELPHIA — Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt’s Nile Delta document the region’s ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time.

‘Bourne’ Writer-Director Gilroy Taps Real Science

August 9, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his book Mind Wars.

Article Source: CBC News