Penn Glee Club performs on its first European tour as a gender-inclusive choir
On the first traveling tour as a gender-inclusive choir, the Penn Glee Club performed before audiences that included alumni in a Paris ballroom and passers-by on the streets of Barcelona.
Bioengineering technology keeps track of living cells and tissues
A new chemistry technique developed by Jina Ko, assistant bioengineering professor, and colleagues allows for a wider range of fluorescent markers to be added to individual cells without damaging them in the process.
Center for Engineering Mechanobiology 2.0: Developing ‘mechanointelligence’
The new interdisciplinary Center for Engineering Mechanobiology brings together researchers from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Perelman School of Medicine together with those from across campus and beyond around the concept of “mechanointelligence.”
A $365 million development will expand the life sciences hub at Pennovation Works
Penn Senior Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli speaks with Penn Today about the evolution of the research and manufacturing project, led by Longfellow Real Estate Developers, and its value for Penn and the region.
Engineering a solution for microplastic pollution
May graduates Sarah Beth Gleeson, Shoshana Weintraub, and Julia Yan will use their President’s Sustainability Prize to create a device for trapping microfibers in laundry machines to reduce ocean microplastic pollution.
A chip that can classify nearly two billion images per second
Using a deep neural network of optical waveguides, a new chip developed by Penn engineers—smaller than a square centimeter—can detect and classify an image in less than a nanosecond, all without the need for a separate processor or memory unit.
A new method could enable a patient’s own antibodies to eliminate their tumors
A team of researchers at Penn Engineering has developed a new methodology to help differentiate tumors from healthy, normal tissues.
Soft ‘rotini’ robots navigate with a snap
Researchers at Penn Engineering have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments, such as mazes, without input from humans or computer software.
A one-stop shop for student-founded impact startups
College Green Ventures, a recipient of Penn’s 2022 President’s Engagement Prize, finds and supports student-founded impact startups. The organization aims to be a national hub for social impact on college campuses.
Streamlining the health care supply chain
William Danon and Luka Yancopoulos, winners of the 2022 President’s Innovation Prize, will offer a software solution to make the health care supply chain more efficient.
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Philly hosts a robot lollapalooza, attracting 4,500 roboticists and showing off devices that fly, swim, and enter the body
Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted on the International Conference on Robotics and Automation and how robotics has become a fundamental discipline in engineering education.
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What can Philly do to make a home for robotics to flourish? Scenes from ICRA 2022’s mad dash
Dean Vijay Kumar and Avik De of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Laurie Actman of the Penn Center for Innovation are quoted on their participation in the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
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Why some fluids flow slower when pushed harder
Paulo Arratia of the School of Engineering and Applied Science commented on a study that explored how fluids flow under different pressures. “Visualizing flow inside a 3-D porous media literally gives a window into something that was impossible to see,” he said. “If you could actually see the molecules stretching and recoiling, that would be wonderful [to] connect the molecular point of view to the microscopic.”
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Is ‘Havana syndrome’ an ‘act of war’ or ‘mass hysteria’?
Douglas H. Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine said his team found signs of brain damage without impact to the skull in diplomats diagnosed with “Havana syndrome.” Kenneth Foster of the School of Engineering and Applied Science expressed skepticism that the condition could have been caused by a microwave weapon: “You might as well say little green men from Mars were throwing darts of energy.”
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Penn is establishing a $100M center to focus on the intersection of engineering and biomedicine
A planned Center for Precision Engineering for Health, housed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will focus on developing biomaterials for personalized medical treatments. “Engineering solutions to problems within human health is one of the grand challenges of the discipline,” Dean Vijay Kumar said. “Our faculty are already leading the charge against these challenges, and the Center will take them to new heights.”
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