Technology & Engineering

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Penn Team Focuses on Social Media as a Health Research Tool

January 23, 2013

Jun Mao of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on using social media as a health research tool.

Article Source: Newsworks

Ayasdi: A Big Data Start-up With a Long History

January 16, 2013

Robert Ghrist of School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about topological data analysis.

Article Source: Bits

Who Can Compete With Silicon Valley?

January 17, 2013

Penn is cited as the institution where the first computer was created.

Article Source: Forbes
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 14, 2013

After Six Decades, Penn Archaeologists Carry on a Tradition of Research and Discovery in Turkey

In 1950, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology sent scholars to a site in central Turkey, about 50 miles southwest of Ankara. There they began an effort to uncover — literally and figuratively — details about the societies and cultures of the people who lived there hundreds to thousands of years before.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 9, 2013

Penn Physicists Help Create ‘Recipe Book’ for Building New Materials

PHILADELPHIA — By showing that tiny particles injected into a liquid crystal medium behave as predicted by existing mathematical theorems, physicists have opened the door for the creation of a host of new materials with properties that do not exist in nature.

The findings show that researchers can create a "recipe book" to build new materials of sorts using topology, a major mathematical field that describes the properties that do not change when an object is stretched, bent or otherwise “continuously deformed.”

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 8, 2013

Technology Aims to Improve Lung Transplant Odds

January 6, 2013

Edward Cantu and Joel Cooper of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on testing technology designed to help improve lung transplant success.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2013

Penn Research Shows Mountains Are Only Minor Contributors to Sediment Erosion and Climate Regulation

PHILADELPHIA — Though churning smokestacks, cud-chewing cows and gasoline-burning vehicles are contributing constantly to greenhouse gas emissions, there are also many processes that do the reverse, pulling molecules like carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. One of these is chemical weathering, which occurs when rock turns into soil. Carbon dioxide molecules and rain combine to dissolve rock, and the weathering products, including sediment, eventually make their way through waterways to the ocean where some become trapped on the ocean bottom and in coral reefs and seashells.

Video: New Medical App for Doctors, Patients’ Families

December 28, 2012

David Kennedy of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses how he uses a new app, called MD Connect Me, to give families updates via text or email throughout the procedure.

Article Source: 6ABC
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 2, 2013

Penn Researchers Show New Level of Control Over Liquid Crystals

PHILADELPHIA — Directed assembly is a growing field of research in nanotechnology in which scientists and engineers aim to manufacture structures on the smallest scales without having to individually manipulate each component. Rather, they set out precisely defined starting conditions and let the physics and chemistry that govern those components do the rest.