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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 11, 2013

Penn and Drexel Team Demonstrates New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction

For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative.  This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers on a quest to boost the energy-absorption efficiency of photovoltaic devices, but existing techniques are now running up against limits set by the laws of physics.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 6, 2013

Researchers at Penn Add Another Tool in Their Directed Assembly Toolkit

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has already developed a technique for controlling liquid crystals by means of physical templates and elastic energy, rather than the electromagnetic fields that manipulate them in televisions and computer monitors. They envision using this technique to direct the assembly of other materials, such as nanoparticles.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Dana Weidig | weidigd@email.chop.edu | 267-426-6092October 30, 2013

Penn, CHOP Researchers Help Author Report on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council today released a comprehensive report on sports-related concussions in youth, detailing factors associated with increased rates of the brain injury, the effectiveness of protective devices and new screening, diagnosis, treatment and management techniques, as well as the long-term consequences of concussions.

Video: Titan Arm: Bionic Bicep Gives You the Strength of Hercules

October 25, 2013

Graduate student Elizabeth Beattie of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is mentioned for helping create the “Titan Arm.”

Article Source: CNN

Video: Crowdsourcing Science Site Marblar Revamps Patents-to-Products Contest

October 23, 2013

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Y-Prize competition are highlighted.

Article Source: Nature.com

New Dilemmas for the Prisoner

November 1, 2013

Joshua Plotkin of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Alexander Stewart, also of the School of Arts and Sciences are featured for their research on the Prisoner’s Dilemma.

Article Source: American Scientist
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 17, 2013

Nano/Bio Interface Center at Penn to Host Annual NanoDay

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the University of Pennsylvania’s Nano/Bio Interface Center will host its annual NanoDay@Penn. This public education and outreach event will feature a series of talks, demonstrations and exhibits dealing with nanotechnology, a rapidly expanding scientific discipline that involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 14, 2013

New Network and Data Sciences Center to Open at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania is launching a new, interdisciplinary research effort to study and solve problems using the tools of the digital age: The Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 14, 2013

Penn Engineering Intro Class Gets a Power Boost

As computers become more enmeshed in everyday life, both their software and hardware are becoming accessible to the average person. Whereas do-it-yourself enthusiasts of earlier generations tackled birdhouses and AM radios, this generation is making its own robots, 3-D printers and cell phone accessories.

Christopher Fang-Yen of Penn Engineering Receives New Scholar Award in Aging

Christopher Fang-Yen of Bioengineering has received the 2013 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging. He will study hundreds of thousands of simple worms to compare the genetic correlates of their lifespans.