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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 26, 2009

Penn Evolutionary Biologist and Computer Scientist Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships


PHILADELPHIA -– Joshua Plotkin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Steve Zdancewic, associate professor of computer and information science at Penn, have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows for 2009.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2009

Penn Opens Center for Particle Cosmology to Study Early Nature of the Universe

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Leading experts in physics and astronomy will gather for a reception celebrating the launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Particle Cosmology, a joint venture between cosmology and particle physics which provides an incubator for research into dark matter, dark energy and the nature of the early universe, fostering the development of new theoretical approaches.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 28, 2009

It's The Network: Penn Researchers Examine Behavior, Consensus Building Influenced By Network Structure


PHILADELPHIA –- A team of computer scientists at the University of Pennsylvania investigating the political, social and economic struggle between individual self-interest and the need to build a consensus have learned that, depending only on the structure of the network of participants, they can engineer surprising experimental results.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 28, 2009

Brain Structure Assists in Immune Response, According to Penn Vet Study


PHILADELPHIA –- For the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have imaged in real time the body’s immune response to a parasitic infection in the brain.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 22, 2009

Just Living With Females Extends the Reproductive Life of the Male Mouse, Says Penn Veterinary Researcher

PHILADELPHIA –- Living with a female mouse can extend the reproductive life of a male mouse by as much as 20 percent, according to a study conducted by Ralph Brinster and a team of other researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The study was reported online today in the journal Biology of Reproduction.

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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.