Graduate Division News

  • Penn Hosts 2014 Peace Science Society Conference

    On October 10-11, Penn played host to the Peace Science Society Conference, an annual event that encourages the development of peace analysis and conflict management, with a particular focus on how social science theory relates to international relations. Presenters included scholars and experts from a wide variety of fields.

  • Arts and Sciences Appoints Two to Named Chairs

    Dean Steven J. Fluharty has announced the appointments of two faculty members to named chairs in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Doctoral Student Takes Ascetic Retreat to Mountains of Japan

    Frank Clements' dissertation, which focuses on the Shugendô religious tradition, recently led him to the mountains of Japan for hands-on research. Shugendô blends esoteric Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto into a complex tradition of mountain austerities and other related practices.

  • Marija Drndić Helms Interdisciplinary Nanocrystal Research Team

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Marija Drndić, professor of physics and astronomy, has applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole in a membrane, the team was able to measure the electrical properties of those structures’ surfaces.

  • Arjun Yodh Helps Uncover Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

    Working in collaboration with researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Arjun Yodh, director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter and James M. Skinner Professor of Science, published an article in Nature Materials on solid-solid phase transitions.

  • Matthew Lane Appointed Vice Dean for Finance and Administration in Penn Arts and Sciences

    Steven Fluharty, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has announced the appointment of Matthew Lane as Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, effective immediately. Lane oversees the School's financial and administrative infrastructure, including the areas of finance, budget, facilities, human resources, and information technology.

  • O'Leary Receives First Linz Prize from International Political Science Association

    Lauder Professor of Political Science Brendan O’Leary has been awarded the first Juan Linz Prize by the International Political Science Association (IPSA). The prize was created to honor a prominent scholar engaged in the comparative research on decentralization, multinational and multiethnic integration, and federalism that Linz demonstrated.

  • Penn Anthropologist's Singular Approach to Identifying Indigenous Objects

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology Margaret Bruchac uses multiple lines of evidence—including oral traditions, material analysis, university archives, and craft techonolgies—to better identify Native American cultural materials in museum collections. Her goal is to restore an unbiased understanding of indigenous peoples, objects, and communities, and to help with repatriation of materials.

  • Penn Team Awarded $22.5 Million to Develop Treatment for Memory Loss

    A team of scientists and physicians at the University of Pennsylvania lead by Professor of Psychology Michael Kahana has been awarded $22.5 million over four years through President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. The “Restoring Active Memory” program is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which received the funding.

  • Penn Researchers Receive $10 Million Grant to Study Asbestos

    Researchers at Penn's Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) have been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.