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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 21, 2008

Penn Engineering Establishes Rachleff Scholars Program to Foster Research, Leadership, Community Outreach



PHILADELPHIA –- The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania has established the Rachleff Scholars honors program offering undergraduates the early opportunity to conduct research with University faculty, organize partnerships with regional industry and perform community outreach.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 26, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 9, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 29, 2008

Penn Chemist Discovers the Elusive Chemical Middleman That Removes Acid Rain


PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers have discovered the middleman in the complex chemical reaction that is essential to the atmosphere's ability to break down pollutants, especially the compounds that cause acid rain. The study improves the basic understanding of the chemical removal of acid rain and will allow scientists to better model how pollutants are removed from the atmosphere and to predict potential environmental conditions.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 26, 2008

Penn Physicist Fay Ajzenberg-Selove Among Eight Scientists to Receive the 2007 National Medal of Science


PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania physicist Fay Ajzenberg-Selove, is among eight recipients of the 2007 National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for science. Ajzenberg-Selove and her fellow honorees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony Sept. 29.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Pam Kosty | pkosty@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4045August 20, 2008

Penn Museum Launches Penn Cultural Heritage Center

PHILADELPHIA –- The Penn Cultural Heritage Center, dedicated to expanding scholarly and public awareness, discussion and debate about complex issues surrounding the world’s endangered cultural heritage, has been established at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 19, 2008

Penn Media Seminar on Neuroscience and Society

Sept. 19, 2008
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Penn Club of New York, Tarnapol Room

30 W. 44th Street,New York, N.Y.

If attending, please RSVP immediately to Blake Cole at 215-898-8721 or coleba@pobox.upenn.edu. The seminar is open to the news media only.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 6, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 30, 2008

Penn Scientists Demonstrate Potential of Graphene Films as Next-Generation Transistors

PHILADELPHIA –- Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have characterized an aspect of graphene film behavior by measuring the way it conducts electricity on a substrate. This milestone advances the potential application of graphene, the ultra-thin, single-atom thick carbon sheets that conduct electricity faster and more efficiently than silicon, the current material of choice for transistor fabrication.