NanoDay@Penn Hands Out Research and Image Awards

The Nano/Bio Interface Center's NanoDay@Penn is a public education and outreach event and an opportunity to recognize student achievements, both in research and in creativity

Penn Physicist Alison Sweeney Receives 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Wednesday that Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships, Say Penn Researchers

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.

Penn Vet Study Monitors Effects of IV Fluid on Circulation During Surgery

That network of small vessels, collectively known as the microcirculation, was the focus of a recent study led by a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian. Using a video microscope to record the blood flow of dogs undergoing spay surgeries, the investigation found that increasing the amount of fluid delivered to the animal enhanced the total number of vessels receiving blood flow.

Science & Technology


  • Penn's New AddLab Boasts 3-D Printers for a 3-D World

    Penn's New AddLab Boasts 3-D Printers for a 3-D World

    Thanks in part to an anonymous $250,000 gift, Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is opening the AddLab, a new facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

  • PIK Prof Chris Murray: From Industry to Ivy League

    PIK Prof Chris Murray: From Industry to Ivy League

    For Christopher B. Murray, the promise of major investments in nanoscale science and technology—including a commitment to build what is now the world-class Krishna P.

  • Network Visualization Program fuses Science and Art

    Network Visualization Program Fuses Science and Art

    Science and art are often perceived to be at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. But Danielle Bassett, a 2014  MacArthur Fellow, believes the two disciplines can inform each other in tangible ways.

  • Rehabilitation With the Help of Robots

    Rehabilitation With the Help of Robots

    From automated assembly lines to personalized flying drones, robots are opening up new possibilities in the realms of both work and play.

  • Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Draw a line with a pencil and it’s likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material that earned two scientists the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. The graphite of that pencil tip is simply multiple layers of carbon atoms; where those layers are only one atom thick, it is known as graphene.

  • The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    To investigate the interplay between climate change and the ocean, Irina Marinov, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, focuses her attention on…

  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

Penn in the news

Woman Makes History at College and in Judaism October 23, 2014 | Philly.com

Beth Wenger of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “To have a woman lead a seminary and lead a movement is still, even in this age, a marker.”

Proof of Lazaretto Immigrants’ Final Resting Place October 22, 2014 | Philly.com

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences and Aaron Wunsch of the School of Design are quoted about the final resting place of immigrants from the Lazaretto quarantine station.

The Creative Gifts of ADHD October 21, 2014 | Scientific American

Scott Barry Kaufman of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the creativity of people with ADHD.

Audio: Can Old Coffee Cause Yellow Fever? October 6, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences talks about his rotten coffee event and yellow fever.

Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read October 15, 2014 | National Geographic

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for her approach to teaching students grit.

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