Graduate Division News

  • 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.

  • Penn Biologist to Receive Blue Planet Prize

    Penn biologist Daniel Janzen has been chosen to receive a 2014 Blue Planet Prize, an international environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation. The award announcement recognizes Janzen and Costa Rica’s Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad for work on sustainable development, environmental education, and conservation of biodiversity. 

  • Penn Team Creates Stable Vesicles for Time-Released Drug Delivery

    One of the defining features of cells is their membranes. Each cell’s repository of DNA and protein-making machinery must be kept stable and secure from invaders and toxins. Scientists have attempted to replicate these properties, but despite decades of research even the most basic membrane structures—known as vesicles—still face many problems when made in the lab.