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  • This week, Penn is challenged to think and go green

    From March 19 through 23, Penn Sustainability is hosting the Power Down Challenge 2018, a movement to reduce energy consumption. The week features numerous events, including a tour of MOD 6, one of the University’s chilled water plants, a sculpture tour, and on Wednesday, March 21, a campus-wide energy reduction challenge.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Sustainability

  • Laurie Allen, data rescuer

    Laurie Allen of the Libraries was featured in the Library Journal for her advocacy with the Data Refuge project to download environmental data from government websites. Many terabytes of data were collected, but she said the greater impact was “helping many people think differently about the ways we value and care for information for the long term.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Library Journal

  • Rethinking how the media cover science

    Science has come under heat, with the media magnifying incidents of retracted studies and fraud. But self-correction is a part of the scientific method, and unsupported generalizations of a “systemic crisis” can be used to discredit fields such as genetic engineering, vaccination, and climate change according to Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Fruitfly brains working like clockwork

    The blood brain barrier prevents important medications from reaching the brain. However, the barrier may be more permeable depending on the time of day. A study led by Amita Sehgal of the Perelman School of Medicine found better outcomes among fruit flies administered anti-seizure drugs at night, with implications for human brain illness medications.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Change in plans

    Before Penn Vet, Sridhar Veluvolu wanted to be a general practitioner. But after working with Nicola Mason, whose studies on canine immunotherapies have earned international attention, Veluvolu developed a love for research. He now hopes to return to Penn Vet for a residency in oncology.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Vet

  • Penn students awarded preventive dentistry scholarships

    For their work in launching educational programs, Yassmin Parsaei and Katherine Jie Shi of the School of Dental Medicine have received the 2018 ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Preventive Dentistry Scholarships, bestowed each year to predoctoral dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventive dentistry.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • Improving Family-Based Communication Key to Enhancing Sexual Health Outcomes of Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Adolescents

    Studies have shown that talking with teens about sex-related topics is a positive parenting practice that facilitates important sexual health outcomes with heterosexual adolescents. But for LGBTQ youth, the topic of sexuality and sexual health is often ineffectively addressed at home.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Third Time's the Charm: Reeham Salah Wins Individual National Championship

    For the third straight year, University of Pennsylvania junior Reeham Salah advanced to the CSA Individual championship match. Her freshman year, she lost to Trinity's Kanzy El Defrawy. Last season ,she fell to Georgina Kennedy from Harvard. Standing in her way of the title yet again on Sunday would be Kennedy.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Athletics

  • Patients with Severe Head Injuries Have Better Outcomes when Treated by Trauma Centers, Even if it Means Bypassing other Hospitals

    Patients who sustain severe head injuries tend to have better outcomes if they are taken to a designated trauma center, but 44 percent of them are first taken to hospitals without these specialized care capabilities, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Penn Champions Club Women's Giving Challenge Runs Through March 31

    The 2018 Penn Champions Club Women's Giving Challenge started on March 1 and will continue through March 31 with the purpose of empowering the current and future generation of women of Penn Athletics. During the 31-day fundraising challenge, an anonymous donor has pledged up to $100,000 to match all new and increased dollars raised by Penn Athletic alumni, family members and friends to any varsity athletic program with a women's team.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Athletics