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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 8, 2009
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 8, 2009

The New York City Premiere of the Documentary BLAST!, featuring Penn's Balloon-Borne, High-Altitude Telescope


WHAT: The 2008 documentary film BLAST! follows a team of scientists, led by Mark Devlin, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, in their attempts to figure out how galaxies form by launching a revolutionary new telescope on a NASA high-altitude balloon.

The film follows cosmologists from Sweden to Antarctica as they attempt — and fail and try again — to launch the high-altitude telescope above the earth’s atmosphere.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 20, 2009
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 13, 2009

Arjun G. Yodh Named Director of Penn's Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter


PHILADELPHIA –- Arjun G. Yodh, a researcher studying condensed matter physics, medical and biophysics and optics has been named director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 9, 2009

First Results from Penn's Balloon-Borne Telescope BLAST: Extragalactic Survey Reveals Half the Universe's Starlight

PHILADELPHIA –- After two years spent analyzing data from BLAST, the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope, physicists are releasing the first results.

The study, published in the current issue of Nature, reveals that the Far Infrared Background, or FIRB, originates from individual galaxies some 7 to 10 billion light years away.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 26, 2009

Penn Evolutionary Biologist and Computer Scientist Awarded Sloan Research Fellowships


PHILADELPHIA -– Joshua Plotkin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Steve Zdancewic, associate professor of computer and information science at Penn, have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows for 2009.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2009

Penn Opens Center for Particle Cosmology to Study Early Nature of the Universe

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Leading experts in physics and astronomy will gather for a reception celebrating the launch of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Particle Cosmology, a joint venture between cosmology and particle physics which provides an incubator for research into dark matter, dark energy and the nature of the early universe, fostering the development of new theoretical approaches.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 16, 2009

Penn Alum to Discuss Life Aboard Space Station


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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 2, 2009
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Media Contact:Velda Morris (on site) | | 856-905-6923January 30, 2009

450 Grade Schoolers Build Lego Robots, Study Climate Change at Penn Engineering's First Lego League Tourney

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Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is sponsoring Philadelphia First Lego League Tournament, an event that pits 30 regional middle schools and 450 students against each other in a challenge to design robots and explore climate change. The theme of this year’s competition, Climate Connections: Building a Global Game Plan, includes robotics demonstrations.

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