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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 18, 2014

Penn Lends Support to National ‘Maker Movement’

In conjunction with the first White House Maker Faire being held today, the University of Pennsylvania signed a joint letter along with more than 150 other institutions, pledging support to foster a “generation of makers.” The letter details the need for young tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs to bring life to future innovations.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 17, 2014

Preview of Penn Engineering’s New 3-D Printing Lab as Part of National ‘Day of Making’

This fall, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

Who

Robert W. Carpick

John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science          
University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineering Faculty and Students

What

Tour of new additive manufacturing facility
Demonstration of 3-D printed objects
 

When

Wednesday, June 18, 12-1 p.m. 

Where

Towne Building Room 187 (gather by the CyberCafe)
Chancellor Walk Entrance
Accessible from 34th and Walnut streets

Details

This fall, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools. Professor Robert Carpick, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, will lead a preview of the facility; other members of the department will demonstrate 3-D printers and the kinds of objects they can make.

The event is timed to coincide with the first White House Maker Faire and national "Day of Making," a celebration of America as a nation of tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs who are using cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printers, laser cutters, desktop machine tools and free, user-friendly design software, democratizing the act of making and enabling citizens to build just about anything.

“Penn's founder Benjamin Franklin was an author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, engineer, politician and printer,” Carpick said. “While we can only imagine what he would think of today's revolution in manufacturing that is being brought about by the advent of 3-D printing, we are sure that he'd be proud to see Penn making its mark in the area.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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ISIS Iraq Situation

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Ian Lustick Professor of Political Science

School of Arts & Sciences

  • Former White House consultant on Middle East affairs and national security.
  • Has taught Israeli politics for more than 30 years.

Quote:

"The modern ‘Republic of Iraq’ is disappearing in blood, fire and fear. The Shia government in the south may hold on to Baghdad and Basra. The Kurds govern the northeast. A jihadi state arises before our eyes in the Sunni areas. Murphy's Law says anything bad that can happen, will. It does not always hold. But George W. Bush and his neocon advisers have shown that when a superpower's foreign policy is based on fantasy rather than stubborn realities, Murphy's Law is our best guide to the future.

“Containing the damage and finding a road to peace and stability will require not American boots on the ground but both American and multilateral engagement across a broad front, agile and imaginative diplomacy and substantial aid to non-jihadi rebels in Syria. A key element will be our ability to work with Iran. Iran has been an adversary in Syria, but its interests as well as ours are threatened by the export of the Syrian debacle into Iraq. That could set the stage for a deal that involves American-Iranian cooperation in salvaging an independent Iraq, but one friendly to Iran, while ending the war in Syria on terms that lead to a transition from the Assad regime.”

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 13, 2014

Interest in Building a Strong Vocabulary Pays Off for Student at Penn

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Wharton graduate Betty Hsu found that strengthening one’s vocabulary can be rewarding – in 20,000 ways. She took home a $20,000 prize from the 2014 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition.

For Betty Hsu an idea about how to strengthening one’s vocabulary became a rewarding lesson. While at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, she created ProfessorWord, an online application that helps to boost vocabulary development.

Penn Grads: Want to Change the World? Now, There’s a Prize

June 11, 2014

President Amy Gutmann is highlighted for creating “engagement prizes” for graduates with plans to change the world.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Sara Stewart | sabrady@upenn.edu | 215-898-3617June 11, 2014

'Shared Vision' Opens at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

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"Shared Vision: The Myron and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection" features 63 works and opens to the public at the Arthur Ross Gallery on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Shared Vision: The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection. It opens to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Penn President Gutmann Remains Bullish on Free Online Course

June 9, 2014

President Amy Gutmann is highlighted for her commitment to the massive open online course experiment.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 2, 2014

Practicing What She Teaches, Penn Alum Is Award-winning Film Editor

When the winners of the 2013 Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcasting were announced late last month, Nancy Novack, a University of Pennsylvania alum and a lecturer of fine arts in the School of Design, had cause to celebrate.

A film series she edited, the PBS TV documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” won a Peabody.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 2, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Establishes Penn Center for Innovation

President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good.   

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 27, 2014

Penn Student-run Club Sails into National Championships

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Penn Sailing is cruising full speed ahead toward the national championships, thanks to the team's leadership and its captain, Wharton student Jack Swikart from Rumson, N.J.

It’s smooth sailing ahead for one student-run club at the University of Pennsylvania.