Graduate Division News

  • Remembering Penn Arts and Sciences Overseers’ Chair David Silfen

    David M. Silfen, C’66, chairman of Penn Arts and Sciences’ Board of Overseers and vice-chair of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, died on November 28.

  • Biologists Characterize New Form of mRNA Regulation

    In a new report in the journal The Plant Cell, a team of biologists led by Assistant Professor Brian Gregory and graduate student Lee E. Vandivier used material from both humans and plants to examine chemical modifications to messenger RNA, or mRNA.

  • Linguists Document Philadelphia ‘Accent’ of American Sign Language

    Meredith Tamminga, an assistant professor in linguistics and director of the University’s Language Variation and Cognition Lab, and Jami Fisher, a linguistics lecturer and Penn’s ASL Program coordinator, are working to document what they’re calling the Philadelphia "accent" of American Sign Language (ASL).

  • Arts and Sciences Student a Finalist for National Physics Award

    Xingting Gong, a 2015 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, was a finalist for this year’s LeRoy Apker Award, given by the American Physical Society to recognize outstanding achievements in physics by undergraduate students, and thereby provide encouragement to young physicists who have demonstrated great potential for future scientific accomplishment.

  • Senior Jennifer Hebert Wins Rhodes Scholarship

    Jennifer Hebert from Pittsburgh, Pa., has won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.

  • New Gift from Robert and Penny Fox Aids Fels Expansion

    A gift from Robert A. Fox, C’52, and Penny Grossman Fox, Ed’53, has helped launch a new era for the Fels Institute of Government, which is reorganizing and expanding in ways designed to increase Penn’s participation in and effect on public policy at the local, national, and international levels.

  • Penn Arts and Sciences Professors named Fellows of the American Physical Society

    Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Natural Sciences Bhuvnesh Jain and Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics Mark Trodden, both in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, have been elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society.

  • Penn Physicists Share in Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

    The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, which includes physicists from Penn Arts and Sciences, is sharing the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

  • Ancient Mass Extinction Led to Dominance of Tiny Fish

    According to new research led by Lauren Sallan, an assistant professor of earth and environmental science, a mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg event triggered a drastic and lasting transformation of Earth’s vertebrate community.

  • Sociologists Examine the Needs of South Philly’s Latino Immigrants

    To study how immigrants incorporate into new communities, Penn researchers had to develop a unique survey strategy. “Immigrants are difficult to reach because they might be undocumented; they have often recently arrived,” says Professor of Sociology Emilio Parrado. “They work all the time. They’re highly mobile. And so they are generally underrepresented in standard surveys.