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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 8, 2013

Penn Scientists Celebrate Role in Higgs Discovery That Led to Nobel Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 2, 2013

Penn Celebrates Opening of Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The University of Pennsylvania will officially open the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology on October 4.

Three With Local Ties Named MacArthur Fellows

September 25, 2013

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for being named a MacArthur Fellow.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 25, 2013

Penn Researchers Use Facebook Data to Predict Users’ Age, Gender and Personality Traits

In the age of social media, people's inner lives are increasingly recorded through the language they use online. With this in mind, an interdisciplinary group of University of Pennsylvania researchers is interested in whether a computational analysis of this language can provide as much, or more, insight into their personalities as traditional methods used by psychologists, such as self-reported surveys and questionnaires.

Penn Psychologist Selected as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow

The MacArthur Fellowship Program announced Wednesday that Penn’s Angela Duckworth has been selected as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, positioning her among the ranks of the country’s most elite and innovative scholars.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Paige Boehmcke | paige@graphenefrontiers.com | 267-225-5003September 17, 2013

Graphene Frontiers Awarded $745,000 NSF Grant for ‘Roll-to-Roll’ Graphene Production

Graphene Frontiers, a company developed through the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer, has been awarded a $744,600 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop roll-to-roll production of graphene, the “miracle material” at the heart of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Study: Generosity Is More Evolutionarily Advantageous Than Selfishness

September 5, 2013

Joshua Plotkin of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted about co-authoring a study about the evolutionary advantages of generosity.

Article Source: The Atlantic

Are You a Language Bully?

September 5, 2013

Robert Kurzban of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on people who publically correct others’ mistakes.

Article Source: Slate
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 4, 2013

Penn Science Café: Studying Self-Control

Associate Professor of Psychology Robert Kurzban studies how the mind has adapted over time to the challenges of the social world, such as how to make decisions about cooperation, morality and punishment. Kurzban will talk about one trait we associate with these challenges: willpower.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 3, 2013

Penn Team Begins Five-Year Sky-Mapping Mission as Part of Dark Energy Survey

For hundreds of nights during the next five years, the world’s most powerful digital camera will turn skyward, helping a team of physicists and astronomers from around the globe answer fundamental questions about our universe.