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Penn Senior Wins Third-annual Schwarzman Scholarship
December 4, 2017
Wharton senior Eric Tse of Beijing, has been awarded a Schwarzman Scholarship, which will fund one year of graduate study leading to a master’s degree in global affairs at China’s Tsinghua University.
Penn Physicists Shed Light on How Wetness Affects a Phenomenon in Foams
December 4, 2017
Whether drinking beer, eating ice cream or washing the dishes, it’s fair to say that many people come across foam on a day-to-day basis. It’s in everything from detergents to beverages to cosmetics. Outside of everyday life, it has applications in areas such as firefighting, isolating toxic materials and distributing chemicals. But there’s still a lot to be learned about this ubiquitous material.
New Dental Material Resists Plaque and Kills Microbes, Penn Dental Team Finds
December 4, 2017
Dentists rely on composite materials to perform restorative procedures, such as filling cavities. Yet these materials, like tooth enamel, can be vulnerable to the growth of plaque, the sticky biofilm that leads to tooth decay.
Student Fellow Examines Effect of Emerging Technologies on Warfare
December 1, 2017
By Julie McWilliams Smartphone apps have become ubiquitous, an important part of most people's daily lives. Drones have become a useful tool for many businesses, such as construction, photography, real estate and sports programs. Both are de rigeur for troops in combat.
Penn Study: To Drop CO2 Emissions, Look to Local Transportation and Housing
November 30, 2017
Local efforts in the transportation and residential-housing sectors could help the United States meet the greenhouse gas reduction commitment it made as a Paris Climate Accord signatory, according to research from John Landis and Erick Guerra of the School of Design.
Penn Researchers Develop an Injectable Gel that Helps Heart Muscle Regenerate after a Heart Attack
November 29, 2017
In mammals, including humans, the cells that contract the heart muscle and enable it to beat do not regenerate after injury. After a heart attack, there is a dramatic loss of these heart muscle cells and those that survive cannot effectively replicate. With fewer of these contractile cells, known as cardiomyocytes, the heart pumps less blood with each beat, leading to the increased mortality associated with heart disease.
Penn Researchers Establish Universal Signature Fundamental to How Glassy Materials Fail
November 28, 2017
Dropping a smartphone on its glass screen, which is made of atoms jammed together with no discernible order, could result in it shattering. Unlike metals and other crystalline materials, glass and many other disordered solids cannot be deformed significantly before failing and, because of their lack of crystalline order, it is difficult to predict which atoms would change during failure.
Penn Junior Jack Stack Is Pursuing His Paleontological Dream
November 28, 2017
Some paleontologists travel far and wide to seek new fossils — to the desert Southwest of the United States, remote regions of China or the farthest tip of Argentina. University of Pennslyvania student Jack Stack, on the other hand, made his first paleontological discoveries much closer to home. At home, in fact.
A New Take on the Discussion of Domestic Violence
November 28, 2017
On a recent afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania, Robb Carter explored domestic violence using an unusual approach. At the monthly Women of Color at Penn Noontime Networking Lunch Series, more than 30 people listened as Carter discussed “Domestic Abuse: A Look From the Abusive Male Perspective” as he tried to answer one question that always emerges: Why?
Penn Neuroscientists Construct First Whole-brain Map Showing Electrical Connections Key to Forming Memories
November 22, 2017
A team of neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has constructed the first whole-brain map of electrical connectivity in the brain based on data from nearly 300 neurosurgical patients with electrodes implanted directly on the brain. The researchers found that low-frequency rhythms of brain activity, when brain waves move up and down slowly, primarily drive communication between the frontal, temporal and medial temporal lobes, key brain regions that engage during memory processing.