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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 26, 2013

Penn Engineering Brings Two Coding Contests Together with HACKfest

On Friday, September 6, more than a thousand students from about 100 universities will descend upon the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science to take part in HACKfest, a series of student-run, weekend-long software and hardware design competitions wi

Audio: Philadelphia Bioethics Meeting Tackles Implanted Memories and Other Thorny Issues

August 19, 2013

President Amy Gutmann is cited as the chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Article Source: Newsworks
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 14, 2013

Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop Selected as Penn Reading Project Text

Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop by literary scholar Adam Bradley is the selected text for the 2013-14 Penn Reading Project at the University of Pennsylvania and kicks off Penn’s Year of Sound.   

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 26, 2013

Penn Research Helps Make Advance in 'Programmable Matter' Using Nanocrystals

When University of Pennsylvania nanoscientists created beautiful, tiled patterns with flat nanocrystals, they were left with a mystery: why did some sets of crystals arrange themselves in an alternating, herringbone style, even though it wasn’t the simplest pattern?

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Britt Faulstick | britt.faulstick@drexel.edu | 215-895-2617 August 5, 2013

Penn Research Helps Identify New Brain Cell Involved in Navigation

Using direct human brain recordings, a research team from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Thomas Jefferson University has identified a new type of cell in the brain that helps people to keep track of their relative loca

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 23, 2013

Penn Engineer Mark Harding Learns About Himself Via Teaching

(This is the second in a series about University of Pennsylvania students who took their arguments in support of federal student financial aid to Washington this summer in a project organized by the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services. Other profiles feature students Kristin Thomas and Mounica Gummadi.)

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 17, 2013

Nano-Noses at Penn Science Cafe

Physicist Charlie Johnson connects the biological to the digital, using graphene and carbon nanotubes to turn chemical interactions into electrical signals. Johnson will explain how attaching biological structures, such as antibodies, to these flat or rolled-up lattices of carbon atoms has enabled him and his colleagues to build new kinds of sensors, detecting things like Lyme disease bacteria.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 18, 2013

Penn Researchers Help Show New Way to Study and Improve Catalytic Reactions

Catalysts are everywhere. They make chemical reactions that normally occur at extremely high temperatures and pressures possible within factories, cars and the comparatively balmy conditions within the human body. Developing better catalysts, however, is mainly a hit-or-miss process.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 16, 2013

John Swartley Appointed Associate Vice Provost for Research at Penn

John S. Swartley has been named associate vice provost for research and executive director of the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 15, 2013

Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Helps To End Hunger, Obesity, Waste

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has released the Food Funder Compass, a free, online guide to help United States donors channel their charitable dollars into organizations and models that make the biggest difference.