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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 1, 2010

Nanotechnologists at Penn and Columbia Reveal the Frictional Characteristics of Atomically Thin Sheets

PHILADELPHIA –- A team of nanotechnology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University has used friction force microscopy to determine the nanoscale frictional characteristics of four atomically-thin materials, discovering a universal characteristic for these very different materials. Friction across these thin sheets increases as the number of atomic layers decreases, all the way down to one layer of atoms. This friction increase was surprising as there previously was no theory to predict this behavior.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 25, 2010

New Tissue-Hugging Implant Maps Heart Electrical Activity in Unprecedented Detail

PHILADELPHIA – A team of cardiologists, materials scientists, and bioengineers have created and tested a new type of implantable device for measuring the heart’s electrical output that they say is a vast improvement over current devices. The new device represents the first use of flexible silicon technology for a medical application.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 23, 2010

Penn Receives $600,000 Mentoring Grant to Spur Interest In Computer Science for Students of All Ages


PHILADELPHIA -– The University of Pennsylvania has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to spur interest in computer science with a first-of-its-kind, “cascading” mentoring program in which college, high school and middle school students will learn with and from each other.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 11, 2010

Three Penn Professors Receive National Science Foundation Awards

 

PHILADELPHIA -- Three professors in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have received National Science Foundation Career Awards for junior investigators. The awards recognize and support the early career-development activities of teacher/scholars.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 10, 2010

Bioengineer Ravi Desai Wins 2009 JCS Prize From the Journal of Cell Science

PHILADELPHIA –- Ravi Desai, a bioengineering researcher completing his doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2009 JCS Prize, awarded annually to the first author of the paper judged best by the editors and editorial board of the Journal of Cell Science. Authors must be students or postdoctoral researchers to be considered for the prize.

SEPTA Abandons R Designations for Trains

March 4, 2010
Vukan Vuchic of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses SEPTA’s train-designation changes.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Star and Flower-Shaped Moulds Tell Stem Cells What to Be

March 2, 2010
Christopher Chen of the School of Engineering and Applied Science says “cells change their geometries and mechanics throughout development and as they move through the body.”
Article Source: NewScientist
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 26, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Joins International Collaboration in Government/Academics to Research "Soft Matter"

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter has entered into a multi-year agreement with specialty chemical producer Rhodia and the French National Center for Scientific Research to launch an international, public-private research collaboration in soft condensed matter.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 25, 2010

Nanotechnologists From the University of Pennsylvania Collaborate to Form Near-Frictionless Diamond Material

PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research-Zürich have fabricated an ultra sharp, diamond-like carbon tip possessing such high strength that it is 3,000 times more wear-resistant at the nanoscale than silicon.

Wheelchair on the Go

February 22, 2010
School of Engineering and Applied Science students’ robotic car, “Little Ben,” is cited for its technological contributions.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer