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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 20, 2010

Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer Unveils the UPSTART Company Formation Program

PHILADELPHIA –- Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer introduces UPSTART, a program aimed at developing Penn intellectual property by helping faculty form new companies based on their inventions and technological innovations.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 8, 2010

Pocket Grill, PD Solutions, CampusYap Vie for Top Prizes in Annual PennVention Student Competition

 

PHILADELPHIA –- The Weiss Tech House, a student-run hub of technological innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, will announce the winners of its yearlong inventor’s fair, PennVention, on April 9, 2010 at the Wu and Chen Auditorium at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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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: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: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 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:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 202-415-9881March 9, 2010

University of Pennsylvania to Expand Academic, Research Collaborations With Tsinghua University

BEIJING -- The University of Pennsylvania and Tsinghua University today announced agreements to build upon research and academic collaborations between the two schools. In particular, the universities signed agreements reaffirming their commitment to environmental sustainability, through the work of the Penn-Tsinghua T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, founded in 2006.