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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 14, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes

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Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, Penn researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes.

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Human artifice can only begin to approximate these naturally self-assembled structures, and, even then, they require painstaking manufacturing techniques.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 7, 2015

Penn Research Points to Omega-3 as a Nutritional Intervention for Childhood Behavioral Problems

At the forefront of a field known as “neurocriminology,” Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania has long studied the interplay between biology and environment when it comes to antisocial and criminal behavior.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 7, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Custom Artificial Membranes to Study the Molecular Basis of Disease

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Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 5, 2015

Penn and UC Merced Researchers Match Physical and Virtual Atomic Friction Experiments

Technological limitations have made studying friction on the atomic scale difficult, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Merced, have now made advances in that quest on two fronts.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 5, 2015

Penn GSE’s Laura Perna Testifies to House Subcommittee on Higher Education Issues

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Laura Perna, from Penn's Graduate School of Education, testified before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training that the U.S. is inadequately preparing its future workforce.

Laura Perna, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, testified on April 30 to a United States House of Representatives panel that the U.S.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 30, 2015

Penn Senior Matthew Lisle: Adapting to Climate Change Through Water Security

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One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be meeting the world’s growing water needs in the face of a changing climate. Like other environmental challenges, achieving water security will require innovation on many fronts.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

(This is the fifth and last in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.)  

Thinking Globally, Educating Locally

April 28, 2015

Provost Vincent Price is interviewed about the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing.


Article Source: China Daily
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 29, 2015

Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Offers Advice on Aid to Nepal

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The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has posted online guidance for donors who want to assist with post-disaster relief, whether one has $10 or $10,000 to give.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has developed online guidance to assist donors wishing to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. 

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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | Penn IUR | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-880-2372April 23, 2015

Penn IUR’s Eugenie Birch Elected President of the U.N.’s General Assembly of Partners

Eugenie Birch, co-director of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, has been elected as the first president of the new General Assembly of Partners (GAP), a special initiative of the United Nation’s World Urban Campaign. Birch was elected at the GAP’s inaugural meeting, held in Nairobi, Kenya in mid-April.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151April 20, 2015

Penn Senior Katlyn Grasso Works to Empower Girls to Become Leaders

(This is the third in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.)

Through strong support and encouragement from her family, Katlyn Grasso always knew she’d become a leader.