Pennsylvania study finds contaminants in drilling wastewater

By Colleen Otte Marcellus shale gas play, Appalachian basin. Image: U.S. Energy Information Administration (Updated 2011) Two chemicals never before considered oil and gas industry contaminants, ammonium and iodide, were found in alarming levels in drilling wastewater discharged into Pennsylvania’s waterways, according to a recent study. The Duke University study, “Iodide, Bromide, and Ammonium in […]

Penn Medicine Researcher Receives Distinguished Investigator Award

Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, was presented with the 2015 Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Distinguished Investigator Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science for translation from clinical use into public benefit and policy at the organization’s sixth annual meeting last month in Washington, D.C. Volpp is a professor of […]

Penn Medicine: How the Immune System Controls the Human Biological Clock in Times of Infection

An important link between the human body clock and the immune system has relevance for better understanding inflammatory and infectious diseases, discovered collaborators at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Trinity College, Dublin.In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they report how a critical white blood […]

Penn’s LPS Program Allows Non-traditional Student to Pursue His Dreams

It’s a long road from the University of Pennsylvania to Amsterdam, but cancer research knows no bounds.  For Tony Wu, a research specialist in the radiation oncology lab at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute of the Perelman School of Medicine, obtaining a doctorate degree has always been a personal goal, and coming to work […]

Widening Wealth Gap

When Harvard University’s endowment fell by more than $10 billion during the 2008 financial crisis, it was a blow to the institution. But a lot of college presidents across the country considered the loss — and the remaining $26 billion in Harvard’s endowment — and thought that perhaps there were worse problems to have. Harvard’s […]

‘Simple and Seamless’ or ‘Significant Obstacle’?

Academic, library and technology organizations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open-access policies at colleges and universities and prevents authors from sharing their work. Elsevier, which publishes thousands of journals, introduced the policy last month. It aims to strike a balance between making sharing […]

‘We Need to Take a Look at the Data’: How 2 President Grad Students Upended a Blockbuster Study

This week David Broockman received his doctoral degree. He also helped persuade one of the most respected political scientists in the country to ask a prestigious academic journal to retract one of its most buzzed-about studies from last year. The study, published in Science, purported to show that short conversations could change people’s opinions about […]

Four Killed in Wayne Twp. Police Chase Were Fleeing Burglary

Four suspects in a home burglary are dead and one is in serious condition this afternoon after they led Pennsylvania State Police on a high speed chase in Wayne Township. The accident happened around noon Thursday afternoon along Route 89 and Ladd Road.  Pennsylvania State Police say that the vehicle was fleeing the scene of […]

Cancerous Fish Shouldn’t Alarm Local Anglers, says DEP

A fish with a large cancerous tumor found in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River shouldn’t alarm anglers in Lake Erie. The photo of a small-mouth bass, provided by the Pennsylvania Fish Boat Commission, has been capturing national attention since it was first discovered more than two weeks ago. Things are safe in Lake Erie, according to Jim […]

Inmate Found Guilty on All Charges in Prison Overdoses

ERIE, Pa. – Inmate Nathan Howard is found guilty on all charges in the drug overdoses of four prisoners, including one count of drug delivery resulting in death and four charges of contraband. The jury announced its verdict around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. They received the case about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday but later left for the […]

Blatt Deserves More Credit

   When you think about it, David Blatt has been in a no-win situation all season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavs.  Lose and it’s his fault, win and Lebron gets most of the credit.  Consider, however, what Blatt has done and had to deal with.  First of all, coaching Lebron and the all […]