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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 19, 2011

Penn Researchers Develop New Technique for Filling Gaps in Fossil Record

PHILADELPHIA — University of Pennsylvania evolutionary biologists have resolved a long-standing paleontological problem by reconciling the fossil record of species diversity with modern DNA samples.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 14, 2011

Penn Research Team Hosts Interactive Exhibit on Climate Change and Urban Space for “Parking Day”

WHO:    University of Pennsylvania faculty, graduate and undergraduate members of Partnerships for International Research and Education Mongolia and School of Arts and Sciences staff

WHAT:    Scientists transform a parking space into an interactive exhibit on Mongolian climate change research

WHEN:    Sept. 16, 2011
                9 a.m to 3 p.m.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 8, 2011

Penn’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter Awarded $21.7 Million NSF Grant

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter has been awarded a six-year, $21.7 million center grant from the National Science Foundation to support LRSM’s work in cutting-edge materials.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 8, 2011

Penn Researchers Awarded $1.5 Million to Advance Nanotechnology for Gene Sequencing

PHILADELPHIA -- A research team led by Marija Drndić of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant to apply nanotechnology and materials science to the development of “third generation” techniques for DNA sequencing and to lower the cost of sequencing.

The grant was made by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 8, 2011

Penn Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Predict Sea-Level Rise and Flooding from Hurricanes

PHILADELPHIA — In an effort to better understand sea-level rise and flooding from hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant to a research team led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Horton. The study aims to provide predictive models and reports that can be used both by environmental scientists and coastal communities.

Why Everyone Else Was Too Stupid to Know Irene Would Fizzle

August 31, 2011

Rob Kurzban of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 31, 2011

Penn Physicists Develop New Insight Into How Disordered Solids Deform

PHILADELPHIA — In solid materials with regular atomic structures, figuring out weak points where the material will break under stress is relatively easy. But for disordered solids, like glass or sand, their disordered nature makes such predictions much more daunting tasks.

Quake Questions Answered

August 24, 2011

Jane Dmochowski of the School of Arts and Sciences answers questions about the earthquake that struck Virginia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Audio: Scientists Crack the Physics of Coffee Rings

August 7, 2011

Arjun Yodh and student Peter Yunker of the School of Arts and Sciences discuss the “coffee ring effect.”

Article Source: National Public Radio
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 18, 2011

Penn Molecular Scientists Develop Color-Changing Stress Sensor

PHILADELPHIA — It is helpful — even life-saving — to have a warning sign before a structural system fails, but, when the system is only a few nanometers in size, having a sign that’s easy to read is a challenge.  Now, thanks to a clever bit of molecular design by University of Pennsylvania and Duke University bioengineers and chemists, such warning can come in the form of a simple color change.