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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 9, 2014

Penn to Lead $22.5 Million Project on Restoring Memory Loss

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Penn scientists and physicians will conduct fundamental research on the brain with the aim of developing "neuroprosthetic" devices for treating memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

A team of scientists and physicians at the University of Pennsylvania will lead a four-year effort worth as much as $22.5 million to develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in people who suffer from memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 6, 2014

Penn Researchers: Consider the ‘Anticrystal’

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Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials.

For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 7, 2014

UTRC Gift Establishes Robotics Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania

United Technologies Research Center, the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp., has given $250,000 gift to the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science to establish a fellowship in robotics.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jeanneleong1@gmail.com | 215-573-8151June 30, 2014

Goal of Breaking Down Barriers Leads Nancy Minyanou to Penn Abroad

Nancy Minyanou’s interest in Argentina was sparked in high school, and now this summer the rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania is fulfilling a vision for breaking down barriers and expanding her knowledge about the country in the Penn Summer Abroad program in Buenos Aires.
 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 25, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine’s Dana Graves to Receive IADR’s Distinguished Scientist Award

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Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has been selected as this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease.

Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguis

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 24, 2014

Penn Research Lends New Insights on Conditions for New Blood Vessel Formation

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Researchers at Penn have uncovered the existence of a threshold above which fluid flowing through blood vessel walls causes new capillaries to sprout

Angiogenesis, the sprouting of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is essential to the body’s development. As organs grow, vascular networks must grow with them to feed new cells and remove their waste. The same process, however, also plays a critical role in the onset and progression of many cancers, as it allows the rapid growth of tumors.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 19, 2014

Penn Biologist Daniel Janzen Selected to Receive Blue Planet Prize

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Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology was chosen to receive a 2014 Blue Planet Prize, an international environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation.

Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology in the School of Arts & Sciences was chosen to receive a 2014 Blue Planet Prize,

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 18, 2014

Penn Team Links Placental Marker of Prenatal Stress to Neurodevelopmental Problems

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New findings by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine scientists suggest that an enzyme found in the placenta is likely playing an important role in translating stress experienced by a mother early in pregnancy into a reprogramming of her developing baby's brain.

When a woman experiences a stressful event early in pregnancy, the risk of her child developing autism spectrum disorders or schizophrenia increases. Yet how maternal stress is transmitted to the brain of the developing fetus, leading to these problems in neurodevelopment, is poorly understood. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 18, 2014

Penn Lends Support to National ‘Maker Movement’

In conjunction with the first White House Maker Faire being held today, the University of Pennsylvania signed a joint letter along with more than 150 other institutions, pledging support to foster a “generation of makers.” The letter details the need for young tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs to bring life to future innovations.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 17, 2014

Preview of Penn Engineering’s New 3-D Printing Lab as Part of National ‘Day of Making’

This fall, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.

Who

Robert W. Carpick

John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science          
University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineering Faculty and Students

What

Tour of new additive manufacturing facility
Demonstration of 3-D printed objects
 

When

Wednesday, June 18, 12-1 p.m. 

Where

Towne Building Room 187 (gather by the CyberCafe)
Chancellor Walk Entrance
Accessible from 34th and Walnut streets

Details

This fall, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools. Professor Robert Carpick, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, will lead a preview of the facility; other members of the department will demonstrate 3-D printers and the kinds of objects they can make.

The event is timed to coincide with the first White House Maker Faire and national "Day of Making," a celebration of America as a nation of tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs who are using cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printers, laser cutters, desktop machine tools and free, user-friendly design software, democratizing the act of making and enabling citizens to build just about anything.

“Penn's founder Benjamin Franklin was an author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, engineer, politician and printer,” Carpick said. “While we can only imagine what he would think of today's revolution in manufacturing that is being brought about by the advent of 3-D printing, we are sure that he'd be proud to see Penn making its mark in the area.”

The event is free and open to the public.