School of Engineering & Applied Science

Planet of the Apes: How Do We Know Evolution Really Happens? Through Viruses

January 2, 2012

Harvey Rubin of the Perelman School of Medicine and Joshua Plotkin of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science discussevolution through viruses.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 13, 2011

Penn Engineers Develop More Effective MRI Contrast Agent for Cancer Detection

Many imaging technologies and their contrast agents — chemicals used during scans to help detect tumors and other problems — involve exposure to radiation or heavy metals, which present potential health risks to patients and limit the ways they can be applied. In an effort to mitigate these drawbacks, new research from University of Pennsylvania engineers shows a way to coat an iron-based contrast agent so that it only interacts with the acidic environment of tumors, making it safer, cheaper and more effective than existing alternatives.

Physicists Put Earthquakes Under the Microscope

November 30, 2011

Robert Carpick of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on his research demonstrating earthquake friction effect at the nanoscale.

Article Source: Physicsworld.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 30, 2011

Penn and Brown Researchers Demonstrate Earthquake Friction Effect at the Nanoscale

PHILADELPHIA — Earthquakes are some of the most daunting natural disasters that scientists try to analyze. Though the earth’s major fault lines are well known, there is little scientists can do to predict when an earthquake will occur or how strong it will be. And, though earthquakes involve millions of tons of rock, a team of University of Pennsylvania and Brown University researchers has helped discover an aspect of friction on the nanoscale that may lead to a better understanding of the disasters.

High-Tech Strategy to Get More Smokers Quit

November 22, 2011

Joseph Cappella of the Annenberg School for Communication and Michael Kearns of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comment on new strategies to inspire smokers to quit.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)

Police Using Technology to Shield Internal Communications

November 20, 2011

Matthew Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science explains the practical difficulties of encrypted communications.

Article Source: Associated Press
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183November 13, 2011

Penn: A More Flexible Window Into the Brain

PHILADELPHIA - A team of researchers co-led by the University of Pennsylvania has developed and tested a new high-resolution, ultra-thin device capable of recording brain activity from the cortical surface without having to use penetrating electrodes. The device could make possible a whole new generation of brain-computer interfaces for treating neurological and psychiatric illness and research. The work was published in Nature Neuroscience.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 9, 2011

Penn Celebrates Launch of First-of-Its-Kind Program in Market and Social Systems Engineering

WHO:            University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science faculty, guest speakers from Google, Hunch, Northwestern University and Cornell University

WHAT:          Program Director Michael Kearns, along with leaders in academia and the tech industry, talk about applications of network and systems science. A reception will follow.

Science Fellow Spotlight: Katherine Kuchenbecker

October 20, 2011

Katherine Kuchenbecker of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured.

Article Source: Pop Tech

Video: Robot Builds Its Own Body From Sprayable Foam

October 19, 2011

Shai Revzen of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted for creating Foambot.

Article Source: New Scientist