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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 29, 2010

Gene Therapy Success Sets Stage for New Treatments for Inherited Blindness, Penn Veterinary Researchers Say

PHILADELPHIA –- Veterinary vision scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have safely and successfully used a viral vector in targeting a class of photoreceptors of the retina called rods, a critical first step in developing gene therapies for inherited blindness caused by rod degeneration.  

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 28, 2010

Four University of Pennsylvania Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA –- Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  They are among 299 new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members recognized as leaders in sciences, arts and humanities, business and public affairs. 

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 21, 2010

Gene Therapy Cures Canines of Inherited Form of Day Blindness, Penn Veterinary Researchers Say

PHILADELPHIA –- Veterinary ophthalmology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have used gene therapy to restore retinal cone function and day vision in two canine models of congenital achromatopsia, also called rod monochromacy or total color blindness.

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Media Contact: | | April 16, 2010

Penn’s GRASP Laboratory Celebrates National Robotics Week With Open House, Turns All Projects "On”

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Robotics researchers from the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory host an open house for area high school students, media and the public to observe National Robotics Week. Current Penn projects from modular, self-moving robots and aerial vehicles to tele-immersion and omni-directional vision will be "on."

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 9, 2010

Penn Dental School Alumnus/World War II Commander Gives $17.3 Million In Largest Ever Gift to Penn Dental

PHILADELPHIA – Dr. Louis Schoenleber, Jr. (C’42, D’43), an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, World War II Navy Commander and oral surgeon, has left the majority of proceeds from his multi-million-dollar estate to Penn Dental Medicine’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The bequest, totaling $17.3 million, is the largest gift in the School’s history and one of the largest gifts ever to a U.S. dental school.

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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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