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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460 April 30, 2010

Faculty Members Receive 2010 Lindback and Provost’s Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Twelve University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been honored as recipients of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching, Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and Provost’s Awards for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring.

The Lindback Awards, presented to members of Penn’s standing faculty since 1961, recognize distinguished teaching at colleges and universities throughout the Mid-Atlantic service area of Abbotts Dairies Inc.  Christian Lindback was president and principal of Abbott’s Dairies.  

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Media Contact: | | April 16, 2010

Penn’s GRASP Laboratory Celebrates National Robotics Week With Open House, Turns All Projects "On”

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Robotics researchers from the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory host an open house for area high school students, media and the public to observe National Robotics Week. Current Penn projects from modular, self-moving robots and aerial vehicles to tele-immersion and omni-directional vision will be "on."

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 8, 2010

Pocket Grill, PD Solutions, CampusYap Vie for Top Prizes in Annual PennVention Student Competition

 

PHILADELPHIA –- The Weiss Tech House, a student-run hub of technological innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, will announce the winners of its yearlong inventor’s fair, PennVention, on April 9, 2010 at the Wu and Chen Auditorium at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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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