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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 23, 2008

John Gearhart, Stem Cell Pioneer, Named Penn's Institute for Regenerative Medicine Director and PIK Professor

PHILADELPHIA –- John Gearhart, who led a research team that first identified and isolated human embryonic stem cells, has been named director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and also a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 30, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 23, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Engineers Reveal What Makes Diamonds Slippery at the Nanoscale

PHILADELPHIA –- They call diamonds “ice,” and not just because they sparkle. Engineers and physicists have long studied diamond because even though the material is as hard as an ice ball to the head, diamond slips and slides with remarkably low friction, making it an ideal material or coating for seals, high performance tools and high-tech moving parts.

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

Robert Ghrist Is Appointed a PIK Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Ghrist has been named the seventh Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 11, 2008

From Canada to the Caribbean: Tree Leaves Control Their Own Temperature, Penn Study Reveals


PHILADELPHIA –- The temperature inside a healthy, photosynthesizing tree leaf is affected less by outside environmental temperature than originally believed, according to new research from biologists at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 29, 2008

Stress Contributes to Increased Consumption of High Fat, High Calorie Foods, Says Award-Winning Penn Research

PHILADELPHIA -– Two veterinary researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded the 2008 Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award given for the top science paper of the year.

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Creationism and High School Biology

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite
uplink facility with live-shot capability and an ISDN line.



Expert:

Dr. Michael Weisberg
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Co-chair of Penn’s “Year of Evolution”

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