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The University of Pennsylvania has been awarded more than $30 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to fund in excess of 100 studies including research for gene therapy, robotics, and public education.

Among the University of Pennsylvania faculty who will be receiving funding will be School of Education assistant professor Katherine Schultz, who received $1.4 million through the National Science Foundation to educate teachers on how to instruct science, technology, engineering and mathematics in urban public schools. The Penn School of Medicine and the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology’s Ian Blair received a $1.3 million stimulus grant to continue her work studying the intricacies that lead to the fatal effects of tobacco smoke.

2008 National Science Foundation Career Award recipient Katherine Kuchenbecker also received $500,000 researching haptography, a science relating to robotics and engineering that researches ways to artificially recreate the feel of real surfaces.

"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has empowered the University’s stellar research community to continue groundbreaking studies in medicine, engineering and the natural sciences that will positively impact the nation’s economy, as well as empower faculty to make advances in the health and well being of people around the globe," said University of Pennsylvania vice provost for research Steven J. Fluharty.

The ARRA funding will also contribute to numerous other aspects of the university’s highly regarded research communities, which has accrued more than $750 million in research awards and had 332 invention disclosures in 2008. The university is also the region’s largest private employer, and the fifth largest employer in the state of Pennsylvania.

"The stimulus funding Penn receives makes a significant, positive contribution to the regional economy," added Bill Andresen, the school’s associate vice president of federal affairs.

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