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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.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 29, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 25, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Demonstrate a Flexible, One-Step Assembly of Nanoscale Structures

PHILADELPHIA –- Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have created a one-step, repeatable method for the production of functional nanoscale patterns or motifs with adjustable features, size and shape using a single master “plate.”

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Media Contact: | | July 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.