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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 7, 2012

Penn Researchers Make First All-optical Nanowire Switch

PHILADELPHIA — Computers may be getting faster every year, but those advances in computer speed could be dwarfed if their 1’s and 0’s were represented by bursts of light, instead of electricity.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made an important advance in this frontier of photonics, fashioning the first all-optical photonic switch out of cadmium sulfide nanowires. Moreover, they combined these photonic switches into a logic gate, a fundamental component of computer chips that process information.

Class of 2016 Gets a Taste of Penn Traditions

To the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” from the University of Pennsylvania Band, President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price, Secretary of the University Leslie Kruhly, deans, and faculty kicked off Convocation, marking the entry of the newest members of the Penn community.

“Welcome home,” President Amy Gutmann said to the crowd.

Move-In Day for Class of 2016

Carrying all the essentials of dorm life, including televisions, bedding, laptops, and entire wardrobes on hangers and in suitcases, nearly 2,500 freshmen have begun their Penn experience.

President Amy Gutmann greeted the newest members of the Penn community as they arrived.

Labor Rules Snarl U.S. Commuter Trains

August 27, 2012

Vukan Vuchic of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on the main obstacle in having more frequent transit service.

Article Source: Bloomberg
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Media Contact:Gina Bryan | bryangm@upenn.edu | 215-898-8721August 9, 2012

Penn Researchers and Colleagues Create a Cheaper, Cleaner, More Efficient Catalyst for Burning Methane

PHILADELPHIA — As the world’s accessible oil reserves dwindle, natural gas has become an increasing important energy source. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which has the advantage of releasing less carbon dioxide when it’s burned than do many other hydrocarbon fuels. But because of the very stable structure of the methane molecule, it can be difficult to access the energy stored within.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | (215) 573-6604August 6, 2012

Penn Engineering’s Camp for Girls Grows, Adds Math Classes

PHILADELPHIA — In a ceremony in Levine Hall’s Wu and Chen Auditorium on Aug. 3, the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania graduated its latest class: 70 girls entering the 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

The graduates were students at GEMS -- Girls in Engineering, Math and Science -- a weeklong summer camp.

Penn Researchers Show New Way of Assembling Particles Into Complex Structures

Many recent advances in microtechnology and nanotechnology depend on microscopic spherical particles self-assembling into large-scale aggregates to form a relatively limited range of crystalline structures.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 1, 2012

Penn Researchers Show New Way of Assembling Particles Into Complex Structures

PHILADELPHIA — Many recent advances in microtechnology and nanotechnology depend on microscopic spherical particles self-assembling into large-scale aggregates to form a relatively limited range of crystalline structures.  Directed assembly is a new branch of this field, where scientists figure out how to make particles assemble to form a broad range of structures at given locations.

That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker.

July 13, 2012

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science shares his thoughts about tracking via cell phones.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 16, 2012

Penn Faculty Receive Alternative Energy Project Grants

PHIADELPHIA — Alternative energy research projects involving four faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded grants from the Energy Commercialization Institute, a translational-research partnership that draws upon several regional universities.