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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 25, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Demonstrate a Flexible, One-Step Assembly of Nanoscale Structures

PHILADELPHIA –- Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have created a one-step, repeatable method for the production of functional nanoscale patterns or motifs with adjustable features, size and shape using a single master “plate.”

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 23, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Engineers Reveal What Makes Diamonds Slippery at the Nanoscale

PHILADELPHIA –- They call diamonds “ice,” and not just because they sparkle. Engineers and physicists have long studied diamond because even though the material is as hard as an ice ball to the head, diamond slips and slides with remarkably low friction, making it an ideal material or coating for seals, high performance tools and high-tech moving parts.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 20, 2008

Robert Ghrist Is Appointed a PIK Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Ghrist has been named the seventh Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 12, 2008

Michael Bloomberg to Speak at Penn Commencement; Honorees Include Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust

Note for news media: Reporters and photographers covering the Commencement ceremony on May 19 at Franklin Field should pick up media badges at the Athletic Ticket Office at the main entrance.

PHILADELPHIA –- Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg L.P., will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania's 252nd Commencement on Monday, May 19, at Franklin Field, 33rd and South streets. The procession of graduates begins at 9 a.m.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 7, 2008

Penn Center for Computer Graphics Joins SIG to Build Region's Largest Motion-Capture Studio

PHILADELPHIA- – The Center for Computer Graphics at the University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Susquehanna International Group LLP to build a new computer graphics center and gallery for the program, as well as create the largest academic motion-capture studio in the region.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 17, 2008

New Prosthetic Limb, Electronic Traffic Glove and Mobile Solar Power Plant Win Penn's 2008 PennVention


PHILADELPHIA –- A new prosthetic accessory worn on the residual limb of a transtibial (below-knee) amputee was awarded the Grand Prize at the Fourth Annual PennVention competition for student inventors at the University of Pennsylvania's Weiss Tech House.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 10, 2008

Penn Students Vie for Top Prizes in Annual Invention Competition: PennVention

PHILADELPHIA –- The Weiss Tech House, a student-run hub of technological innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, announced today the 11 student inventions that will compete in the fourth annual PennVention competition.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 8, 2008

The Nanotechnology Institute Receives $3.5 Million to Foster Nanotechnology Research and Development

PHILADELPHIA –- The Nanotechnology Institute, or NTI, a consortium of Philadelphia-area research and technology organizations that includes the University of Pennsylvania, has received $3.5 million in funding from the commonwealth’s Pennsylvania Initiative for Nanotechnology.

Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell announced the award, which renews the Institute’s funding and positions Pennsylvania as a global leader in emerging technologies.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 4, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 26, 2008

Penn Engineering Receives Largest Research Grant in School History to Lead Robotics Consortium

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science has received the largest single award in the School’s 156-year history to help create the fundamental networks and technologies that will put unmanned machines on the front lines of battle.

The award is the MAST CTA, the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance, and will incorporate more than $22 million in funding during 10 years from the Army Research Laboratory.