University Communications Staff

Evan Lerner

Science News Officer

Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing, Engineering, Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response, Mathematics, Penn Science Café, Physics, Psychology, Science, Technology, Weiss Tech House


It’s called University City for a reason: Penn’s academic neighbors include Drexel University, the University of the Sciences, the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the University City Science Center, and the Wistar Institute.  
Weiss Tech House, the student-run hub for innovation located in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been hosting invention competitions since its inception over a decade ago.
Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can’t be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational pull on surrounding objects.
The fourth annual Philadelphia Science Festival runs from Friday, April 25, to Saturday, May 3, at various sites across the city. Organized by The Franklin Institute, the nine-day festival of discovery and innovation is a collaboration between the city’s leading universities, museums, research centers, and high-tech companies.
By attaching short sequences of single-stranded DNA to nanoscale building blocks, researchers can design structures that can effectively build themselves.
WHO:              Alan Greenberger                          Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce
When stroke patients are brought to a hospital, one of the critical aspects of their care is to make sure there is adequate blood flow to their brains. A standard of that care has to been to keep patients resting totally flat for at least 24 hours, rather than with their heads elevated. 
Surviving a heart attack means coping with the damage it leaves behind. Even if blood flow to muscle tissue in the heart is promptly restored, the injury causes an inflammation response, and the accompanying enzymes can wreak havoc that can persist for months and even years. This lasting damage can be as serious as the immediate threat posed by a heart attack, often leading to congestive heart failure as the muscle tissue is weakened and less able to pump blood.
Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments can’t be fine-tuned to deal with this variation. 
While the computers of today dwarf their predecessors when it comes to power and speed, the programming process hasn’t fundamentally changed in decades. It’s still a tedious practice of specifying step-by-step instructions, with an equally large effort devoted to ensuring those instructions produce the desired results.    In an effort to change programming into a more intuitive process, Penn computer scientists and their colleagues are redefining what learning to program means.