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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 14, 2012

Penn Metamaterials Experts Show a Way to Reduce Electrons’ Effective Mass to Nearly Zero

PHILADELPHIA — The field of metamaterials involves augmenting materials with specially designed patterns, enabling those materials to manipulate electromagnetic waves and fields in previously impossible ways. Now, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have come up with a theory for moving this phenomenon onto the quantum scale, laying out blueprints for materials where electrons have nearly zero effective mass.

Such materials could make for faster circuits with novel properties.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 13, 2012

Penn’s Steven Fluharty Makes Case for Research Funding in Capitol Hill Briefing

PHILADELPHIA — In the waning days of 2012, two words have dominated the post-election discourse: “fiscal cliff.” The cliff is a combination of impending budgetary measures that will take effect in January if a legislative compromise is not reached.

One area of the budget that would see serious cuts is funding for the national science agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Combined with cuts to other agencies and departments, the amount of research and development funding lost could total $58 billion over five years.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 13, 2012

Penn’s Robert Ghrist Will Teach Calculus Online to Tens of Thousands

PHILADELPHIA — Learning calculus is no easy feat. But beginning next month, the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert Ghrist will use a new, visually stimulating approach to engage tens of thousands of students in the task with a massive open online course, or MOOC, offered through Coursera’s online platform.

What It Takes to Be a Bioengineer

December 7, 2012

Kenneth Foster of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on the field of biomedical engineering.

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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 November 30, 2012

Five Penn Professors Named AAAS Fellows

PHILADELPHIA – Five faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Two are from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, two are from its School of Arts and Sciences and one has appointments in both schools.

Collodial Semiconductors Challenge Amorphous Silicon

November 28, 2012

Cherie Kagan and doctoral students David Kim and Yuming Lai of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are highlighted for their research on flexible electronics.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 28, 2012

Penn Research Helps Improve Nano-manufacturing with Nanometer-scale Diamond Tip

PHILADELPHIA — One of the most promising innovations of nanotechnology has been the ability to perform rapid nanofabrication using nanometer-scale tips.  Heating such tips can dramatically increase fabrication speeds, but high speed and high temperature have been known to blunt their atomically sharp points.

AT&T iPad Hacker’s Real Crime Was Embarrassing the Wrong People

November 27, 2012

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science shares his thoughts about hacking.

Article Source: Wired
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 26, 2012

Penn Researchers Make Flexible, Low-voltage Circuits Using Nanocrystals

PHILADELPHIA — Electronic circuits are typically integrated in rigid silicon wafers, but flexibility opens up a wide range of applications.  In a world where electronics are becoming more pervasive, flexibility is a highly desirable trait, but finding materials with the right mix of performance and manufacturing cost remains a challenge.

Do People Turn to Twitter for CPR Info?

November 19, 2012

Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine expresses her enthusiasm about people sending and receiving information about CPR via Twitter.

Article Source: Fox News