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Penn’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter Awarded $22.6 Million NSF Grant
September 18, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter has been awarded a six-year, $22.6 million center grant from the National Science Foundation to support LRSM’s work in cutting-edge materials.
Penn Summer Program in STEM Teaches Middle Schoolers to Overcome Communication Barriers
September 11, 2017
Mark Licurse didn’t know what to expect when he decided to group together middle schoolers from two very different schools for a week-long STEM Summer Science Camp held by the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter at the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn Engineers Develop the “WorMotel,” Simultaneously Study the Aging Process in Thousands of Model Organisms
September 11, 2017
The roundworm C. elegans is one of the most important model organisms in biological research. With a transparent, millimeter-long body containing only about a thousand cells and a lifespan of a few weeks, there is no better way of deciphering the role of a given gene on a living creature’s anatomy or behavior. In addition, many of the genes discovered in the worm have been shown to have similar roles in other animals and humans.
Penn Researchers Discover New Law Guiding the Way Humans Perceive the World
September 7, 2017
Laws of perception explain why people see the world the way they do. Psychology researcher Alan Stocker discovered a new such law, confirming a link between how sensitive people are to changes in front of them, what’s called the discrimination threshold, and the perceptual bias, or the amount perception deviates from reality.
Shrinking Swiss Glaciers Inspire Undergraduate Student’s Energy Research at Penn
August 28, 2017
By Erica Andersen Yann Pfitzer spent the heat of a Philadelphia summer in a lab, designing and testing ultrathin plates that could one day be part of systems that convert extreme heat to electricity.
Penn Engineering Students Use Cutting-edge Technology to Create Immersive Virtual Reality Worlds
August 9, 2017
When Charles Wang, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, was growing up, he wanted to be a video-game designer. As he headed to college, he came to believe he would have to trade in this goal for a more common profession. “It's one of those things you just say and you have no idea what it implies,” he says. “When you go into high school and then start college, you kind of give up on the idea because it sounds unrealistic.”
Penn Engineers Identify Protein Implicated in 3-D Epigenetics of Brain Development
August 2, 2017
The vast majority of genetic mutations that are associated with disease occur at sites in the genome that aren’t genes. These sequences of DNA don’t code for proteins themselves, but provide an additional layer of instructions that determine if and when particular genes are expressed. Researchers are only beginning to understand how the non-coding regions of the genome influence gene expression and might be disrupted in disease.
Penn Wharton China Center Reflects Upon Two Years of Progress and Growth
July 12, 2017
On launching the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, in March of 2015, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann said, “We are building on Penn's history of broad, deep engagement with China and creating a Center that provides an impressive infrastructure and significant resources to augment Penn's many collaborations and partnerships with great Chinese educational inst
Penn Researchers Engineer Macrophages to Engulf Cancer Cells in Solid Tumors
July 6, 2017
One reason cancer is so difficult to treat is that it avoids detection by the body. Agents of the immune system are constantly checking the surfaces of cells for chemical signals that say they belong, but cancer cells express the same chemical signals as healthy ones. Without a way for the immune system to tell the difference, little stands in the way of cancer taking over.