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

Virtual Driving Leads Penn Psychologists to the Cells That Sense Direction in the Brain: Path Cells

 

PHILADELPHIA – Psychologists led by the University of Pennsylvania have used implantable electrodes and a first-person driving game to identify the cells of the brain that indicate travel in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion, called “path cells.” The study will be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 16, 2010

Catastrophic Flooding May Be More Predictable After Penn Researchers Build a Mini River Delta

PHILADELPHIA –- An interdisciplinary team of physicists and geologists led by the University of Pennsylvania has made a major step toward predicting where and how large floods occur on river deltas and alluvial fans.

In a laboratory, researchers created a miniature river delta that replicates flooding patterns seen in natural rivers, resulting in a mathematical model capable of aiding in the prediction of the next catastrophic flood.

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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798March 16, 2010
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 15, 2010

Architect and Pritzker Laureate Zaha Hadid to Speak at Penn’s School of Design

 

WHO: Zaha Hadid

WHEN: 6-7:30 p.m., March 22, 2010

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Meyerson Hall, Room B-1

34th and Walnut streets

British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid will visit PennDesign to speak about her work in product design and architecture.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 15, 2010

Penn Biologist David S. Roos Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

PHILADELPHIA –- David S. Roos, the E. Otis Kendall Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, is among 78 microbiologists elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Fellows of the Academy are elected annually based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions to advance microbiology.

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

Double Agents: Penn Researchers Identify Immune Cells That Fight Parasites May Promote Allergies and Asthma

PHILADELPHIA –- Millions of people in both the developing and developed world may benefit from new immune-system research findings from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Penn Vet researchers, studying how the immune system operates, have discovered a previously unidentified cell population that may be the body’s double-edged sword, fighting off parasitic infections but also causing the harmful immune responses that can lead to allergies and asthma.

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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.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 3, 2010

Five University of Pennsylvania Scientists Awarded Sloan Fellowships


PHILADELPHIA -- Five young scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows for 2010.

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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.