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Science in Court: Arrested Development

April 18, 2012

Stephen Morse of the Law School and the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the hazards of misusing scientific terms in court that might have different meanings.

Article Source: Nature.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 1, 2012

Three Penn Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

PHILADELPHIA — Nancy Bonini, Gideon Dreyfuss and Beatrice H. Hahn of the University of Pennsylvania have been elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

Accidental Shortness

April 30, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for her genetic analysis of Pygmies.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 26, 2012

Penn Geneticists Identify Genes Linked to Western African Pygmies’ Small Stature

PHILADELPHIA — If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4’11” on average.  But the reason why these groups are so short and neighboring groups are not remains unclear.  Scientists have proposed various theories based on natural selection, including that Pygmies’ reduced size lowered nutritional requirements, helped them better handle hot climates, or allowed them to reach sexual maturity at an earlier age.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 24, 2012

Penn Researchers Create First Custom Designed Protein Crystal

PHILADELPHIA -- Protein design is technique that is increasingly valuable to a variety of fields, from biochemistry to therapeutics to materials engineering. University of Pennsylvania chemists have taken this kind of design a step further; using computational methods, they have created the first custom-designed protein crystal.

A Day in the Life of Penn, Spring 2012

Crew teams at dawn. A midday rush to food trucks along Spruce Street. An evening performance in an on-campus theater.

These are just a handful of the moments, big and small, captured in the first-ever University-wide photo project, “A Day in the Life of Penn.”

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 20, 2012

Penn Vet Team Identifies a Gene Responsible for Male Infertility and a Respiratory Disorder

PHILADELPHIA — A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has characterized a protein responsible for sperm tail formation that, when missing, causes male infertility, brain abnormalities and other problems in mice.

Science Will Be the Star at 2d Annual Philadelphia Festival

April 20, 2012

Frederick Kaplan of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for being among the speakers at the second Philadelphia Science Festival.

Article Source: Philly.com

Should You Follow Your Nose – Not Your Heart – to Find Love?

April 10, 2012

Richard Doty of the of the Perelman School of Medicine says “no scientific study has ever proven conclusively that mammals have pheromones.”

Article Source: The Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 18, 2012

Penn to Offer Online Classes via Coursera

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania will join Princeton University, the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University in partnering with Coursera, an online education platform, to make Web-based courses available free and to improve teaching on campuses.