Penn’s Electric Racecar Revs Up Philly Auto Show

Electric cars may be the future of driving, but first, the vehicles need to spark excitement among the general public. That’s why Penn students have been working hard for the past two years to build one of the world’s first electric racecars.


Social Trends Form Out of Chaos and Confusion

February 4, 2015

A study about social trends by Damon Centola of the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured.

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Media Contact:Laurie Actman | | 215-519-2081 February 2, 2015

Penn Center for Innovation Awarded NSF Grant to Foster Entrepreneurship

The Penn Center for Innovation, the University of Pennsylvania’s commercialization organization, announced today that it has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an I-Corps Site to support translation of research areas into the marketplace by providing educational programming, financial support and strategic guidance. 

Too Many Ads in Your World? Block Them With This Headset

January 28, 2015

Undergraduate students who developed a headset called “Brand Killer: Adblock for Real Life” as a part of the PennApps Winter 2015 Hackathon are featured.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194February 2, 2015

Penn Professor Shows How ‘Spontaneous’ Social Norms Emerge

A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola provides a scientific explanation for how social conventions – everything from acceptable baby names to standards of professional conduct – can emerge suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, with no external forces driving their creation.

Fifteen years ago, the name “Aiden” was hardly on the radar of Americans with new babies. It ranked a lowly 324th on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names. But less than a decade later, the name became a favorite, soaring into the top 20 for five years and counting.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194January 26, 2015
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604January 23, 2015

Four Finalists Compete for the Rights to Commercialize Penn Nanotech in Third Annual Y-Prize

The University of Pennsylvania Y-Prize Competition has announced the four finalists who will battle for $5,000 and rights to commercialize their application of Penn nanotechnology at the third annual Y-Prize Grand Finale.


 Penn students presenting business plans for commercializing three different nanotechnology inventions.     


Grand Finale of the Y-Prize, which will award $5,000 and non-exclusive commercialization rights to the winning team.


Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.


Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology
3205 Walnut St.
University of Pennsylvania

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604January 13, 2015

Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance.      

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Media Contact:Leo Charney | | January 13, 2015

Eight Professors Appointed Penn Fellows

Eight faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Penn Fellows. The announcement was made today by Penn Provost Vincent Price and Anita Allen, vice provost for faculty.

Video: While the Drone Industry Zooms, Regulation Lags

January 7, 2015

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses how to design flying robots that are equipped wi

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