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Jen is the go-to writer for custom projects at universities and medical associations. A skilled science writer, she has written basic science press releases for the University of Pennsylvania and the American Association for Cancer Research. She has also overseen production of development brochures, newsletters and annual reports; written articles for in-house publications, and also ghosted speeches, op/eds for university presidents and deans.

We are the 82%: Alumni putting data analytics to work
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Employer demand for data analytics skills is up 82 percent since 2011, according to a study by labor analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies. Meet five alumni living the trend.

Bentley Magazine, Winter 2016

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The Future of mHealth Goes Beyond Fitness Apps
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The mobile health (mMealth) marketplace has lived up to its hype, but where it goes next depends on our changing healthcare needs.

The number of mHealth apps published on iOS and Android has more than doubled in two and-a-half years, reaching more than 100,000 apps in 2014, according to research2guidance’s fourth annual study on mHealth app publishing.

Market revenue reached $2.4 billion dollars in 2013 and is projected to grow to $26 billion by 2017.

 

CIO.com, December 5, 2014

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Apple Pay Has Retail CIOs Rethinking How Customers Pay
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When Smoothie King decided to change its point of sale system, the company didn’t just make alterations to what was currently in more than 600 stores. It scrapped the whole thing.

“As far as our guests are concerned, it’s really about what’s happening when they visit a story and what’s happening on their tablet or their phone,” says John Lapeyrouse, Smoothie King CIO. “The opportunity to replace point of sale systems doesn’t come along very often.”

 

CIO.com, November 11, 2014

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Today’s Security Hacks Are After More Than Bank Info
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The beat goes on. In recent weeks, both JP Morgan Chase and Home Depot have been identified as the latest victims of large-scale cyberattacks.

JP Morgan Chase was among a handful of U.S. banks hit by hackers in a series of attacks in August. A few days later, Krebs on Security released details about a spring attack on Home Depot. The scope of the attack has not yet been determined, but it could be bigger than last year’s Target breach. Oh, and investigators found another Healthcare.gov hack in July, too.

 

CIO.com, September 16, 2014

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How the Target Breach Has Affected Small Business Data Security
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Small and medium-sized businesses may think they’re immune to the kinds of attacks that wreaked havoc on Target last year, but they’re susceptible to the same nefarious forces — sometimes even more so, as they can lead hackers to a bigger prize.

Since the Target breach, other retailers have been affected, including Neiman Marcus,eBay and P.F. Chang’s. But the Target breach was huge – information on 40 million credit and debit cards was stolen, along with records of 70 million customers, including name, address, email address and phone number.

 

CIO.com, July 9, 2014

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Our Kids and Money
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Having a proactive attitude about money and healthy financial habits is an essential part of building a solid future for ourselves and our family.  It’s important to start giving children the knowledge and skills they need to make smart money choices at a young age. But it’s not always easy to engage and empower kids and teenagers around financial issues.  Maybe that’s why today’s college students are more in debt than ever before.

Our Kids and Money, ongoing

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Power Player Zachry Named Design Firm of Year
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Zachry Engineering Corp. burst out of the recession with a full head of steam. On the heels of a tough couple of years, the design arm of Zachry Holdings is back among the region’s powerhouse firms. After its regional revenue dropped from $124.5 million in 2009 to $41.4 million in 2011, the company more than doubled the total in 2012, reaching $90.4 million. That secured it eighth place on the current list of top design firms in Texas and Louisiana.

Engineering News Record, Texas & Louisiana, June 17, 2013

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ENR California’s Top 20 Under 40 Honors Construction Industry Talent
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Now in its third year, ENR California’s Top 20 Under 40 list makes clear that the construction industry has a deep well of talent.

ENR California, February 11, 2013

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Parenting with Cancer: Out in the Open
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Parents with cancer face special challenges. New points of connection can help you be there for your kids.

Cancer Today Magazine, Spring 2012

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Upward! A Clear Trajectory for the Wistar Institute
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On a rainy Friday afternoon in September 2011, The Wistar Institute celebrated a landmark occasion. Crowded inside the atrium of Wistar’s historic 1894 building, away from the torrent outside, the Institute made officially public its intent to build a new, seven-story, 89,700-square-foot research tower and renovate significant portions of its existing research complex. The project, estimated to cost more than $100 million, is designed to expand Wistar cancer and vaccine research capabilities, and provide a bold new presence for the Institute.

Wistar Focus, Fall 2011

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Risk for Developing New Cancer in Other Breast Increased for Survivors With BRCA Mutation
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Breast cancer survivors who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation are at high risk for developing contralateral breast cancer — a new primary tumor in the other breast — and certain women within this group of carriers are at an even greater risk based on age at diagnosis and first tumor status, according to data presented at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 6-10, 2011.

American Association for Cancer Research, December 2011

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Game On: Women in the World of Sports
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Sports used to be a boy’s club. But today women are integral players in the sports world, from your kid’s soccer team to the professional level.

“In half a century, we’ve gone from girls in high schools engaging in one or two play days a year and that counting for their athletic experience to full-blown athletic participation in virtually any sporting activity that a high school or college offers,” says Stephen D. Mosher, professor of sport management and media in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.

ICView, Fall 2011

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Penn Study Identifies How Ebola Virus Avoids the Immune System
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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have likely found one reason why the Ebola virus is such a powerful, deadly, and effective virus. Using a cell culture model for Ebola virus infection, they have discovered that the virus disables a cellular protein called tetherin that normally can block the spread of virus from cell to cell.

January 2009

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Stem Cells with Potential to Regenerate Injured Liver Tissue Identified by Penn Researchers
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A novel protein marker has been found that identifies rare adult liver stem cells, whose ability to regenerate injured liver tissue has the potential for cell-replacement therapy. For the first time, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine led by Linda Greenbaum, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, have demonstrated that cells expressing
the marker can differentiate into both liver cells and cells that line the bile duct.

November 2008

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New Atomic Microscope Is A Force to Be Reckoned With
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University of the Sciences is now home to an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), a powerful tool that will not only enable researchers to conduct cutting edge research on campus but will also create new cross-disciplinary projects and initiatives that will benefit student education.

The USP Bulletin, 2010

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Lisa A. Lawson: Taking a Step Forward
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When Lisa A. Lawson, PharmD, came to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences campus in 1982, she was focused on the job at hand: assistant professor of clinical pharmacy.

“My goal upon arriving at PCP&S was to become an outstanding faculty member in the area of pharmacokinetics, not an administrator,” said Lawson. She focused on her teaching duties, on scholarly activity, and on her practice, which she set up at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

The USP Bulletin, 2011

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Survivor at Sea: A cancer survivor and her family set out to sail the world
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Diane Selkirk called from her in-laws’ place in Vancouver, British Columbia, the city she calls home. But as soon as we started talking, she was interrupted by a whisper, then a giggle.

“Here she comes,” says Selkirk, 42, who has a soft voice and the round o’s of a Canadian accent. The ‘she’ is Maia, her freckle-faced 9-year-old daughter. Selkirk asked me to call her back on Skype so we could talk over her computer, and got off the landline so Maia could use it.

CR Magazine, Fall 2010

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