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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

Video: This Robot Scoops Poop

October 18, 2011

Ben Cohen of the School of Engineering and Applied Science explains the purpose of the PR2 robot.

Article Source: MSNBC.com

The Beauty Brain Trust

October 14, 2011

Karlin Bark of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is one of five winners of L’Oréal’s Women in Science Fellowship Award.

Article Source: Women’s Wear Daily
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 10, 2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Speak at Penn

 WHO:           Steven Chu
                      Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the U.S. secretary of energy

WHAT:           A lecture on “How Innovation Has Changed the World.”