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Media Contact:Andrew Shinn | ashinn@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386June 14, 2011

Government, Industry, Academics to Address Cutting-edge Energy Technologies at Penn Conference

PHILADELPHIA  -- Following this week’s release of the Office of the Executive’s “A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid,” Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, willaddress Urban Smart Grid and Energy Innovation, a conference organized by the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) at 6 p.m. today, June 14. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 14, 2011

Penn Researchers Break Light-Matter Coupling Strength Limit in Nanoscale Semiconductors

PHILADELPHIA—New engineering research at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that polaritons have increased coupling strength when confined to nanoscale semiconductors. This represents a promising advance in the field of photonics: smaller and faster circuits that use light rather than electricity.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 9, 2011

theCoursebook Takes Prize in Milken-Penn GSE’s Second Annual Education Business Plan Competition

PHILADELPHIA — Alexandre Scialom, creator of theCourseBook, has won $50,000 in the only business plan competition designed to use innovation to improve education.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 9, 2011

Penn Engineers: Two-Dimensional Graphene Metamaterials and One-Atom-Thick Optical Devices

PHILADELPHIA -- Two University of Pennsylvania engineers have proposed the possibility of two-dimensional metamaterials. These one-atom-thick metamaterials could be achieved by controlling the conductivity of sheets of graphene, which is a single layer of carbon atoms.

In Iran, Beware of New Facebook ‘Friends’

June 9, 2011

Mahmood Enayat of the Annenberg School of Communication says, “Iranian officials are concerned about any type of public gathering, be it offline or online.”

Article Source: Journal of Turkish Weekly
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 7, 2011

Penn Offering Postdoctoral Fellowships to Promote Academic Diversity

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for its Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Audio: Cyberwarfare and Cybersecurity

June 7, 2011

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses cyber threats and cyberwarfare from foreign nations.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Penn Students Help Robot Grasp the Art of Reading

May 31, 2011

Computer and Information Science's Kostas Daniilidis and the GRASP laboratory are featured for their work on a robot called Graspy.

Article Source: "Newsworks," WHYY Radio
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Nanoscale Engineers Choose Self-Assembling Proteins

PHILADELPHIA — Engineering structures on the smallest possible scales — using molecules and individual atoms as building blocks — is both physically and conceptually challenging. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has now developed a method of computationally selecting the best of these blocks, drawing inspiration from the similar behavior of proteins in making biological structures.

Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture Center Wins the American Architecture Award

The Horticulture Center at Penn’s Morris Arboretum was awarded the American Architecture Award as one of the top new architectural projects in the United States, selected from a record number of entries from firms across the globe.