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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 24, 2008

Embryonic Heart Cells Thrive Only in an Environment That's Just Right, Penn Study Says


PHILADELPHIA –- Cellular engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have determined that cardiomyocytes, the specialized cells that form the heart muscle, thrive when cultured in an environment that mimics their own elastic nature but falter, weaken or die when “grown” on stiffer or softer materials.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 17, 2008

Penn Veterinary Researcher Tracy Bale Receives Career Development Award from Society for Neuroscience


PHILADELPHIA –- Tracy Bale of the University of Pennsylvania has received a 2008 Career Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience.

Bale is an assistant professor in the departments of Animal Biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 17, 2008

A Microscale System to Study Frustration in Buckled Monolayers of Microspheres Is Demonstrated at Penn


PHILADELPHIA –- A team of University of Pennsylvania physicists has demonstrated a simple system based on micron-sized spheres in water to study and control geometric frustration. Their research, published today in the journal Nature, elucidates open questions about frustration and frustration relief and provides a new tool for scientists grappling with these issues in a variety of fields from magnetism to basic statistical mechanics.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 20, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 6, 2008

Penn Physicist Phil Nelson to Receive 2009 Emily M. Gray Award From Biophysical Society


PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania physicist Philip Nelson has been awarded the 2009 Emily M. Gray Award from the Biophysical Society. The award is the international professional organization’s top honor for education and outreach.

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Role of Optimism in Obama's Election


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Expert:
Stephen Schueller
Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania

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