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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:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 12, 2010

Penn President Amy Gutmann Convenes Panel Examining the State of Public Discourse in America

 

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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, a political scientist and philosopher, will moderate the David and Lyn Silfen University Forum panel, whose members include:

  • Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former U.S. Congressman
  • Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News and Penn Trustee
  • Three distinguished members of the Penn faculty, Professors Kathleen Hall Jamieson, John DiIulio and John Jackson Jr.

 

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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:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 31, 2010

Penn Law Students Help Win Supreme Court Case Padilla v. Kentucky

 

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania Law School students’ work on the Supreme Court case, Padilla v. Kentucky has resulted in the Court ruling in their favor. The Supreme Court decision means that lawyers must tell non-citizen criminal defendants whether pleading guilty to a crime could lead to their deportation.

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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@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.