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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 29, 2016

President’s Innovation Prize Contenders Vie for $100K Seed Money and Big Perks at Penn

In April, one enterprising senior or team of graduates-to-be at the University of Pennsylvania will be named the inaugural President’s Innovation Prize winners. The award comes with $100,000 in seed money and a $50,000 living stipend per team member. And that is just the start.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 26, 2016

Penn Team Devises Easier Way to Make ‘Bijels,’ a Complex New Form of Liquid Matter

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Known as a bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gel, or bijel, this new type of emulsion is eyed as a kind of liquid conveyor belt for continuous chemical reactions.

Oil and water famously don't mix, but finely dispersing one in the other produces a liquid mixture with many useful properties. An emulsion consisting of tiny droplets of one of those liquids immersed in the other is the most common form, found in everything from salad dressings, to cosmetics to industrial lubricants.

There May Be a Way to Allow Mass Surveillance and Preserve Our Privacy at the Same Time

January 16, 2016

Michael Kearns of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted about mass surveillance and citizens’ right to privacy.

Article Source: Quartz
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2016

Penn Computer Scientists Join NSF ‘DeepSpec’ Expedition to Eliminate Software Bugs

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One of the National Science Foundation’s flagship research initiatives, DeepSpec aims to develop a better, more comprehensive way of approaching software design that will help eliminate bugs and vulnerabilities before they endanger users or become targets for hackers.

The transformative power of computer software is everywhere, from the smartphone apps that connect the world to the laptop programs that simplify daily tasks at work and home to the software hidden inside physical objects like automobiles and pacemakers that is crucial for their safe operation.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751January 22, 2016

Penn Professor Robert Ghrist Brings Complicated Math to the Masses

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PIK Professor Robert Ghrist of Arts & Sciences and Engineering brings the complex field of algebraic topology to a level nearly anyone can understand.

It’s not easy to make confusing mathematics topics understandable, let alone interesting, to non-mathematicians, but University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Ghrist has figured out the formula.

Video: Penn Engineers Digitize the Sense of Touch

December 31, 2015

A TED Talk about haptography by Katherine Kuchenbecker of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted.

Article Source: Engineering.com
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 4, 2016

Penn Engineering Student Shares Love of Science and Sustainability

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David Shields is a senior engineering student who is making a difference in Philadelphia through the Engineers Without Borders-Local Committee.

Senior David Shields is an aspiring engineer who focuses on making a difference locally by volunteering with the University of Pennsylvania chapter of Engineers Without Borders

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422December 22, 2015

Penn’s Online Learning Initiative Launches New Robotics Specialization

Beginning in January, the University of Pennsylvania will roll out a new robotics specialization, an online five-course sequence, via the University’s Online Learning Initiative on the Coursera platform. 

A Key Under the Doormat Isn’t Safe. Neither Is an Encryption Backdoor.

December 15, 2015

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science pens an op-ed about Internet encryption.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | Leeann.Donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660December 17, 2015

Penn Researchers Use Network Science to Help Pinpoint Source of Seizures

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Using brain data crowdsourced from 22 epilepsy patients with implanted electrodes, the researchers have developed a series of algorithms that can predict where in the brain a seizure will originate and which groups of neurons it will likely spread to as it grows.

For the third of all epilepsy patients who don’t respond to medication, an alternative is to locate the small cluster of neurons that act as the seed of a seizure’s aberrant electrical activity and surgically remove it. Unfortunately, such surgeries often fail to bring any relief.