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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604July 1, 2012

Penn Researchers Improve Living Tissues With 3D Printed Vascular Networks Made From Sugar

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers are hopeful that new advances in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine could one day make a replacement liver from a patient’s own cells, or animal muscle tissue that could be cut into steaks without ever being inside a cow. Bioengineers can already make 2D structures out of many kinds of tissue, but one of the major roadblocks to making the jump to 3D is keeping the cells within large structures from suffocating; organs have complicated 3D blood vessel networks that are still impossible to recreate in the laboratory.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194June 21, 2012

Flu Research Should Proceed With Caution, Penn’s Joshua Plotkin and Others Urge

PHILADELPHIA — The journal Science is today publishing a paper revealing that highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza, also known as bird flu, can pass from one ferret to another through the air. Publication of these results has been delayed and debated during the last several months for fear that terrorists or others might use information from the study to “weaponize” the flu virus for intentional harm.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604June 21, 2012

Penn Researchers’ Study of Phase Change Materials Could Lead to Better Computer Memory

PHILADELPHIA -- Memory devices for computers require a large collection of components that can switch between two states, which represent the 1’s and 0’s of binary language. Engineers hope to make next-generation chips with materials that distinguish between these states by physically rearranging their atoms into different phases.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604June 15, 2012

Penn Offering Postdoctoral Fellowships to Promote Academic Diversity

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for its Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The program will award postdoctoral fellowships to scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races and ethnic groups and from other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute to Penn’s academic excellence. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1.

When Code Can Kill or Cure

June 7, 2012

Insup Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on manufacturers lacking the knowledge or inclination to use new tools created in computer science.

Article Source: The Economist

Magic Touch: Haptics at the Man-machine Interface

May 28, 2012

Katherine Kuchenbecker of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses haptic technologies and the invention process.

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UPenn’s New Incentive for Same-sex Couples

May 29, 2012

Vice President Jack Heuer of Human Resources and Robert Carpick of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discuss Penn’s new benefit for same-sex couples.

Article Source: The Philly Post

Penn Computer Model Simulates Blood Clotting and Treatment

May 29, 2012

Scott Diamond of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on technological advancements in examining blood clots.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658 (office) 215-852-8017 (cell)May 24, 2012

Penn Offers Benefits-tax Offset to Same-sex Couples

PHILADELPHIA –- Beginning July 1, the University of Pennsylvania will provide a tax offset of as much as $125 per month for employees who are covering same-sex domestic partners under their Penn medical plans, with a maximum of $1,500 per year. This offset will appear in employees’ paychecks as additional taxable income — minus applicable state and federal taxes — starting in late July.   

Printable Robots? NSF Is Funding Penn Research

May 18, 2012

Rajeev Alur and Vijay Kumar of School of Engineering and Applied Science comment about research funding from the National Science Foundation.

Article Source: The Business Journals