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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 5, 2014

Penn Researchers Model a Key Breaking Point Involved in Traumatic Brain Injury

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An interdisciplinary team of researchers is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in traumatic brain injury, with an eye toward protecting against its long-term consequences.

Even the mildest form of a traumatic brain injury, better known as a concussion, can deal permanent, irreparable damage. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in this kind of injury, with an eye toward protecting the brain from its long-term consequences.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 24, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Nuclear Stiffness Keeps Stem Cells and Cancer Cells in Place

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that cell migration through micron-size pores is regulated by lamin-A, a nuclear protein that is very similar to the fibrous ones that make up hair.

Adult stem cells and cancer cells have many things in common, including an ability to migrate through tiny gaps in tissue. Both types of cells also experience a trade-off when it comes to this ability; having a flexible nucleus makes migration easier but is worse at protecting the nucleus’ DNA compared to a stiffer nucleus.

Self-Assembling Flower Petals in Liquid Crystals Focus Light

March 1, 2014

Collaborative research from Randal Kamien of the School of Arts and Sciences and Kathleen Stebe and Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured.

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2014

Three Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151February 18, 2014

John Legend to Speak at Penn’s 258th Commencement

John Legend, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning soul artist, philanthropist and Penn alumnus will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania’s Commencement on Monday, May 19, Leslie Laird Kruhly, Vice President and University Secretary announced.

Robotic Termites May One Day Build Houses, Not Destroy Them

February 13, 2014

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted on the possible benefits of artificial intelligence.

Article Source: Washington Post

Researchers 'Design for Failure' With Model Material

February 7, 2014

Nathan Keim and Paulo Arratia from the School of Engineering and Applied Science discuss their research developing new materials to use in stress tests.

Article Source: Phys.org
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 6, 2014

Penn Researchers ‘Design for Failure’ With Model Material

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have devised a method to study stress at the macro and micro scales at the same time, using a model system in which microscopic particles stand in for molecules.

When deciding what materials to use in building something, determining how those materials respond to stress and strain is often the first task. A material’s macroscopic, or bulk, properties in this area — whether it can spring back into shape, for example — is generally the product of what is happening on a microscopic scale.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 3, 2014

Penn Engineer Promotes Sustainability in Argentina

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For eight weeks last summer, University of Pennsylvania junior Doug Roman had the opportunity to share his sustainability philosophy at schools in Buenos Aires.

By Marjorie Ferrone

For eight weeks last summer, University of Pennsylvania junior Doug Roman had the opportunity to share his sustainability philosophy at schools in Buenos Aires.

Penn Trio’s Idea Is Music to Snowboarders’ Ears

February 3, 2014

Graduates of Penn’s Integrated Product Design program John Hunchar, Ben Harmer and Kenneth Liew are featured for creating Jalapeño Beat Maker.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer