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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 15, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Student Wins Churchill Scholarship

Sarah Foster, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship, a merit-based award for American college students who are outstanding in engineering, mathematics and physical and biological sciences.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 January 13, 2014

Penn-Designed ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Molecule Captures RNA From Single Cells

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A multi-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania has published a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby cells.

A multi-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania has published in Nature Methods a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby cells. This allows the researchers to analyze how cell-to-cell chemical connections influence individual cell function and overall protein production.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 9, 2014

Penn Research Helps Lay Out Theory for Metamaterial That Acts as an Analog Computer

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A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Sannio in Italy, shows that metamaterials can be designed to do “photonic calculus” as a light wave goes through them.

The field of metamaterials has produced structures with unprecedented abilities, including flat lenses, invisibility cloaks and even optical “metatronic” devices that can manipulate light in the way electronic circuitry manipulates the flow of electrons. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2014

The ‘Personalized Advantage Index,’ a Decision-Making Tool, Developed at Penn

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One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a decision-making model that compares and weights multiple variables.

One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results.

Flower-like Liquid Crystal Lens Grows Like a Pearl

January 6, 2014

Randall Kamien of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about researching liquid crystal lenses.

Article Source: New Scientist

Audio: Alien Earthworms and Urban Squirrels

December 18, 2013

Etienne Benson of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the urbanization of the gray squirrel.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 18, 2013

Penn Researchers Grow Liquid Crystal 'Flowers' That Can Be Used as Lenses

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A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.

A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2013

Researchers at Penn Help Develop a Dynamic Model of Tissue Failure

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and ETH Zurich have now used a series of experiments to develop a dynamic model of the stresses that stretch growing tissue. This model is the first to take into account the complicated feedback effects of cells’ molecular motors, which can respond to external stress by pulling harder on their environment, eventually tearing the tissue apart.

The idea of growing replacement tissue to repair an organ, or to swap it out for an entirely new one, is rapidly transitioning from science fiction to fact.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 6, 2013

Researchers at Penn Show Optimal Framework for Heartbeats

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There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown that this “sweet spot” depends on the stiffness of the collagen framework that the heart’s cells live within.

The heart maintains a careful balancing act; too soft and it won’t pump blood, but too hard and it will overtax itself and stop entirely. There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Liz Vaughan-Adams | liz.vadams@ipgroupplc.com | +44 (0) 20 7444 0062December 5, 2013

Penn’s Center for Tech Transfer Partners With British-based IP Group

The University of Pennsylvania, through its Center for Technology Transfer and its UPstart company formation program, has announced a new partnership with IP Group PLC, developer of intellectual property-based businesses.