The evolution of foams in 2 and 3 dimensions has interested theorists and experimentalists for decades. Professor Doug Durian's group is developing apparatus to test theoretical laws on coarsening of foams on planar and curved surfaces.
Prof. Vijay Balasubramanian's research includes studies of structural and functional organization of the retina with multi-electrode arrays that record retinal ganglion cells. He also studies computational principles that underlie the organization of circuits in the early visual system.
A synthetic peptide candidate that can be used for single molecule electronic measurements. Single molecules can act as a functioning part of a field effect transistor device as studied in Professor Charlie Johnson's lab.
Outreach Effort for Penn Physics and Astronomy
At the Penn Summer Science Academy (PSSA) students listen to a lecture, delivered from CERN by Professor Elliot Lipeles, on the discovery of a Higgs-like particle the day after the international announcement.
Self-assembling Building Blocks
Self-assembling building blocks occur in a diverse set of supramolecular, macromolecular, and other complex systems that impact numerous fields such as industrial dyes and pigments, xerographic receptors, organic semiconductors, transistors, light-emitting diodes and solar cells. Prof. Paul Heiney collaborates with chemists and material scientists on the study of such molecular systems.
The University has selected Asst. Prof. Alison Sweeney to apply for a Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering. The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering provide the nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study.
The department is pleased to announce that Asst. Prof. Elliot Lipeles has been approved for promotion to Assoc. Prof. with tenure at the last meeting of the Provost's Staff Conference. With approval of the President and Trustees, he will become P&A's newest tenured faculty member on July 1, 2014.
P&A graduate students Matt Lohr and Dan Beller contributed to the Philadelphia 76ers Science Night. Science Night featured interactive science exhibits on the concourse, a halftime performance by the Science Cheerleaders, in-game citizen science project for research on the Space Station.