- Nov 11 4:17PM
- A Message to the Penn Community From President Amy Gutmann Regarding Typhoon Haiyan
As news emerges of the devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan, our hearts and thoughts are with all of those who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy.
The needs in the Philippines are enormous, and many people on campus have asked how they can help. The organizations listed below have all initiated relief efforts. By clicking on the links, you can read how you may be able to donate or help. These organizations are recommended because they have a long-standing record of success in responding to international crises:
- The American Red Cross:
- Doctors Without Borders:
The Penn Phillipine Association (PPA) has chosen to support Gawad Kalinga, http://gk-usa.org, a charity which has focused its relief efforts on distributing kitchen, housing, and food supplies to victims in hard-to-reach areas. The organization ... Read More
- The American Red Cross:
- Nov 11 4:36PM
- Multidisciplinary Examination of Innovation in India Is Focus of Penn Bi-Coastal Conference
Burgeoning India is facing historic macroeconomic instability, and 2014 is shaping up to be a contentious election year there. Add a rapidly growing population and an overtaxed infrastructure, and it’s clear India is a case study in the urgent need for innovation.
At a two-city conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, worldwide experts from multiple disciplines will come together for “India as a Pioneer of Innovation: Constraints & Opportunities,” a forward-thinking look at the world’s largest democracy.
“If innovative solutions can be developed to address issues of health care, infrastructure, education and urbanization in the very challenging environment of India,” said Ezekiel Emanuel, Penn’s vice provost for global initiatives, “then solutions can be developed anywhere. The conference will look at the innovation landscape from many angles.“
- Nov 11 2:59PM
- A Tale of Two Genes: Penn Team Elucidates Evolution of Bitter Taste Sensitivity
It’s no coincidence that the expression “to leave a bitter taste in one’s mouth” has a double meaning; people often have strong negative reactions to bitter substances, which, though found in healthful foods like vegetables, can also signify toxicity. For this reason, the ability to sense bitterness likely played an important role in human evolution.
A new study by University of Pennsylvania scientists provides new evidence underlining the significance of bitter taste perception. Their work suggests that a genetic mutation that makes certain people sensitive to the taste of a bitter compound appears to have been advantageous for certain human populations in Africa. Yet the reason why this trait was selected may not have to do with just taste. Instead, the molecular receptor under study may also play important roles in immune response or metabolism.
“We're starting to understand that these taste receptors are involved in so many functions ... Read More