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BUSINESS
February 24, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Wills Eye Hospital, which said last month that it is trying to raise $30 million for a new research and medical-care facility, on Monday announced the hiring of Leslie G. Hyman to spearhead the expansion of the hospital's research program. Hyman, currently a head of the epidemiology faculty and professor at Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, New York, is scheduled to start at Wills this summer, Will said. In addition to the job at Wills, she will hold the Thomas D. Duane Endowed Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and will become co-director of the Wills Vision Research Center at Jefferson.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
Most experts say colon cancer is a multistage disease driven by the accumulation of genetic mutations. Not Scott A. Waldman. The Thomas Jefferson University researcher has spent decades bolstering the iconoclastic idea that colon cancer is basically a hormone-deficiency disease - one that can be reversed or even prevented by restoring the hormone. Now, Waldman's team has also linked that hormone, called guanylin, to obesity, offering a clue to why obese people are at increased risk of colon cancer.
SPORTS
January 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Matt Klentak, in his first winter at the head of a baseball operations department, wanted to learn how companies manage information. The 35-year-old Phillies general manager surveyed people in baseball, other sports, and some with zero connections to the game. How, he asked, do you implement analytics into decisions? Those talks led him to Andy Galdi, a 30-year-old Google employee who was hired Thursday as the Phillies' first-ever director of baseball research and development. "He's the perfect guy to help grow us forward in this area," Klentak said.
NEWS
January 30, 2016
By Mary Woolley and Robert L. Bixby In passing a spending bill for 2016, Congress seemed to acknowledge that medical research had been cut too deeply for over a decade and agreed to boost funding for it in the coming months. But without reforms to address the basic structural problems in the federal budget, downward pressures on research and other important national priorities can be expected to continue. Consider what's at stake: Cutting-edge immunotherapy work at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center to help achieve the goals of the "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
After four - failed - auditions for American Idol , Junhow Wei got the message that he probably wasn't going to be a pop star. But Wei, who is now on the verge of getting his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has found a way to turn his rejection into something positive: a study on how Idol losers deal with bad news. Wei's own reaction the first time he was rejected - anger - was a common one, he said. But, like lots of others, he also decided to try again, a tack he considers more in line with the "meritocratic" ideal that hard work and talent can triumph over lousy odds.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2016 | By Chris Mondics and Sam Wood, STAFF WRITERS
Two GlaxoSmithKline scientists and three others were charged by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia on Wednesday with conspiracy to steal promising cancer research secrets from the pharmaceutical giant and market them to companies in China backed by the Chinese government. U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said Yu Xue, 45, of Wayne; Tao Li, 42, and Yan Mei, 36, both of Nanjing China; Tian Xue, 45, of Charlotte, N.C.; and Lucy Xi, 38, of West Lake Village, Calif., were named in the indictment.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2016
Vice President Biden is scheduled to spend part of Friday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center, the first stop on his quest for the United States to cure cancer. President Obama announced the new "Moon Shot" mission during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, comparing it with John F. Kennedy's 1961 declaration to Congress that the nation would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.Biden's 3 p.m. visit includes a tour of laboratories and a roundtable discussion with researchers at the Smilow Center for Translational Research and the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, both 3400 Civic Center Blvd.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2016
Scholars, shareholders, the newly separated, and the long-frustrated have plenty to say about cuts to the central research and business units at DuPont Co. by new CEO Edward Breen . Some highlights: "DuPont struggled with return on R&D over the years," notes Ben duPont , a shareholder and past manager at the chemical giant that bears his ancestor's name. "For 40 years, like a drumbeat, every few years DuPont introduced a new blockbuster product - nylon, Teflon, Tyvek, Delrin, Kevlar, Lycra, Kapton, Neoprene, Mylar . " (They weren't all blockbusters; duPont still has a pair of Corfam shoes - the Edsel of leather.)
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A week after 22-year-old Nicholas Peter Zizzamia disappeared from his Cherry Hill home May 12, 1979, the body of a young man of similar build and appearance was found 580 miles away in a Richmond, Ind., motel room. The city's Palladium-Item newspaper reported that the man had apparently slashed his right wrist and bled to death watching TV. Authorities did not find a driver's license or other identification in the room, for which the deceased had anonymously paid $13.52 in cash the day before.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Solar panels accounted for one-third of all new electricity generation installed in the United States in 2014, up from just 10 percent two years earlier. With interest expected to keep rising, many research groups are on the hunt for ways to boost efficiency. Among them is a team at the University of Delaware, which is developing materials to harness portions of the sun's spectrum that in today's conventional solar panels are largely wasted. The key is a property of a panel's semiconductor material called the band gap, an electronic hurdle of sorts.
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