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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2012

A Mississippi River Diversion During the 2011 Flood Helped Build Louisiana Wetlands, Penn Geologists Find

PHILADELPHIA — The extensive system of levees along the Mississippi River has done much to prevent devastating floods in riverside communities. But the levees have also contributed to the loss of Louisiana’s wetlands. By holding in floodwaters, they prevent sediment from flowing into the watershed and rebuilding marshes, which are compacting under their own weight and losing ground to sea-level rise.

Butterfly-wing Wafers to Clad Iridescent Buildings

October 16, 2012

Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured for his research on combining the related structural color and water-repelling properties found in butterfly wings.

Article Source: New Scientist
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 11, 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Prevent Cracking in Nanoparticle Films

PHILADELPHIA — Making uniform coatings is a common engineering challenge, and, when working at the nanoscale, even the tiniest cracks or defects can be a big problem. New research from University of Pennsylvania engineers has shown a new way of avoiding such cracks when depositing thin films of nanoparticles.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 10, 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Mimic the Color and Texture of Butterfly Wings

PHILADELPHIA — The colors of a butterfly’s wings are unusually bright and beautiful and are the result of an unusual trait; the way they reflect light is fundamentally different from how color works most of the time.

A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has found a way to generate this kind of “structural color” that has the added benefit of another trait of butterfly wings: super-hydrophobicity, or the ability to strongly repel water.

Wanted: Robot Pitcher

October 9, 2012

Penn engineers are referenced for their contribution to a robot the U.S. Navy is developing.

Article Source: Washinton Post

How Online Job Searches Worsen the Job Crisis

October 8, 2012

Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School is noted for his case study of a company’s resume-screening system.

Article Source: CBC News

The Ups and Downs of Electronic Medical Records

October 8, 2012

Mark Pauly of the Wharton School comments on the health IT industry.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 8, 2012

Penn Hosts First Ivy Plus STEM Symposium

This weekend, Penn hosted the first Ivy Plus Symposium and workshops for diverse scholars, a national conference designed to encourage exceptional undergraduate students to pursue advanced training in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. 

Video: Social Media’s Likely Impact on the Presidential Debate?

October 3, 2012

Eric Rabe of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the influence of social media on the presidential debate.

Article Source: NBC10 Philadelphia

Audio: How Tech Is Changing the Debate

October 3, 2012

Dean Michael Delli Carpini of the Annenberg School for Communication joins the conversation about how technology impacts people’s view of political debates.

Article Source: Marketplace