Integrate Knowledge

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 2, 2015

Penn Engineers Show How “Perfect” Materials Begin to Fail

Crystalline materials have atoms that are neatly lined up in a repeating pattern. When they break, that failure tends to start at a defect, or a place where the pattern is disrupted. But how do defect-free materials break?

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2015

Penn Mechanical Engineers Win Top Prizes at the Cornell Cup

The senior design classes held in each of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s six departments are an opportunity for University of Pennsylvania students to put their skills to the test, by picking a real-world problem and developing a new piece of technology to solve it.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 20, 2015

Penn’s LPS Program Allows Non-traditional Student to Pursue His Dreams

blurb: 
For research lab manager Tony Wu of Abramson, full-time work did not impede his pursuit of a master’s degree. This fall, the LPS alum will begin a Ph.D. in Amsterdam.

It’s a long road from the University of Pennsylvania to Amsterdam, but cancer research knows no bounds. 

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 19, 2015

Penn Telescope Minerva-Red Joins Hunt for Earth’s Twin

University of Pennsylvania astronomers are celebrating the dedication of a new planet-hunting telescope known as Minerva-Red. Installed at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona, Minerva-Red is part of the Minerva project, an array of low-cost telescopes that are designed to discover planets orbiting stars other than the sun.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151May 19, 2015

Penn Students Share Stories Through Rap Music

For members of the Korean rap group Klass, expressing themselves through their music is empowering them to learn new skills and inspiring them to pursue their passions.

When the group’s founder James An, was 10, his family moved from Gwangmyeong-Si, South Korea, to Vancouver, British Columbia, and as he was adapting to life in Canada he would emulate rap performers such as Eminem.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 15, 2015

Penn Student Leads Nepali Earthquake Relief Effort

blurb: 
Graduate student Sandeep Shah is managing a fundraising effort to help the people in Nepal, especially those who are vulnerable to trafficking.

After a major earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, University of Pennsylvania graduate student Sandeep Shah felt helpless.  

But, he also knew that his interdisciplinary background in social work, finance and philanthropy could help those who needed it the most. 

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 18, 2015

Penn Researchers Show That Mental ‘Map’ and ‘Compass’ Are Two Separate Systems

If you have a map, you can know where you are without knowing which way you are facing. If you have a compass, you can know which way you're facing without knowing where you are. Animals from ants to mice to humans use both kinds of information to reorient themselves in familiar places, but how they determine this information from environmental cues is not well understood.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 14, 2015

Penn Researchers Join Two NSF Projects on Medical Cyber-physical Systems

The University of Pennsylvania is participating in two National Science Foundation projects designed to advance cyber­physical systems with medical applications. Cyber­physical systems are built from and depend upon the seamless integration of computation and physical components.

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 12, 2015

Penn’s Netter Center, Leadership Honored in City Council Proclamation

blurb: 
Philadelphia's City Council will honor Ira Harkavy and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships with an official proclamation, May 14.

Ira Harkavy, the associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, will be recognized by the Philadelphia City Council on Thursday, May 14. 

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 14, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes

blurb: 
Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, Penn researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes.

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Human artifice can only begin to approximate these naturally self-assembled structures, and, even then, they require painstaking manufacturing techniques.