News Releases

University of Pennsylvania's Alan G. MacDiarmid and Former Penn Physicist Alan J. Heeger are Among Three Winners of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
October 19, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Alan G. MacDiarmid, Ph.D., Blanchard Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of three recipients of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Sharing the honor are former Penn faculty member Alan J. Heeger, Ph.D., now at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Hideki Shirakawa, Ph.D., of the University of Tsukuba in Japan. The work underlying the award which showed that plastics can be made to conduct electricity was carried out at Penn in the late 1970s, when Drs. MacDiarmid and Heeger were both on the Penn faculty.
University of Pennsylvania, Fannie Mae, Trammell Crow, University of Sciences in Philadelphia and First Union National Bank Announce New Partnership to Develop Rental Housing Opportunities in University City
October 19, 2000
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia today joined Fannie Mae (FNM/NYSE), the nation largest source of financing for home mortgages, and the Trammell Crow Company to announce an innovative new partnership to preserve and develop moderate-cost rental housing opportunities for the entire University City community. "The Partnership for Quality Housing Choices in University City" will focus on improving management and maintenance of rental units.
Penn Senior Ari Alexander Named 2001 Marshall Scholarship Winner
October 12, 2000
PHILADELPHIA- Ari Alexander, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is among 40 American students to win one of the nation's highest undergraduate honors, the 2001 Marshall Scholarship. The British Marshall Scholarship funds two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. More than 1000 students applied for the scholarship this year.
NSF Renews Support of Penn's Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter with a $17 Million Grant
October 10, 2000
PHILADELPHIA The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $17 million grant to the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) at the University of Pennsylvania. The NSF funds, to be matched by approximately $2.1 million in University support, will allow one of the nation pioneering materials research centers to continue its work developing innovative materials ranging from synthetic proteins to carbon fibers with unrivaled strength.
In a Finding with Broad Safety Ramifications, Study Says Infants' Skulls are Only a Fraction as Strong as Adults'
September 28, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that an infant skull is only a fraction as strong as that of an adult, a finding that could greatly enhance the safety of young children. The results, published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Biomechanical Engi-neering, indicate that at birth a child skull has just one-eighth the strength of an adult skull.
Scientists Decipher the 'Zip Codes' That Direct Cells in the Bloodstream to Bodily Tissues Where They are Needed
September 26, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University have pinpointed a fundamental mechanism that controls how cells coursing through our blood "know" when to exit the bloodstream and go to work in the body tissues. The secret, they report in the Sept. 26 is-sue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, are so-called "Goldilocks molecules" that bind blood cells to the walls of veins and arteries neither too strongly nor too weakly, but with just the right level of adhesion.
John Dixon Hunt Awarded Cultural Honor by the Cultural Ministry of France
September 12, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Prof. John Dixon Hunt, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named a member of the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier Des Artes et Lettres) by the Cultural Ministry of France for his exceptional endeavors in landscape architecture.
Leslie Kruhly Named Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania
September 11, 2000
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Leslie Kruhly, associate director of development and special events at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will become Secretary of the University on September 18, Penn President Judith Rodin has announced.
Chalk Up Another Coup for Carbon Nanotubes: Penn Scientists Find the Tiny Cylinders of Pure Carbon May Top All Other Known Materials in Heat Conduction
September 8, 2000
PHILADELPHIA New research from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that carbon nanotubes, filaments of pure carbon less than one ten-thousandth the width of a human hair, may be the best heat-conducting material man has ever known. The findings suggest that these exotic strands, already heralded for their unparalleled strength and unique ability to adopt the electrical properties of either semiconductors or perfect metals, may someday also find applications as miniature heat conduits in a host of devices and materials.
James Corner Named Chair of Landscape at University of Pennsylvania
September 6, 2000
PHILADELPHIA James Corner, associate professor of landscape architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named chair of the Landscape Architecture Department and is also the recipient of the prestigious 2000 DaimlerChrysler Award. Prof. Corner, an internationally known designer and theorist, is the first landscape architect chosen for the DaimlerChrysler Award, which recognizes and promotes innovative design.