Graduate Division News

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Scary Outbreaks Distort Our Priorities

    Ebola is inescapable. A recent Google News search turned up the following numbers of hits:

    Malaria: 98,900
    Heart disease: 126,000
    AIDS: 524,000
    Ebola: 28.1 million

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Democracy May Be Less Deliberative Than You Think

    Eighteenth-century philosopher Adam Smith referred to individual self-interest as the “invisible hand” of the market. Robert Kurzban, professor of psychology and departmental director of undergraduate studies, and senior researcher Jason Weeden believe that the same impulse has a significant influence on political decisions made by individuals and groups.

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Defying the Odds

    In Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs, Director of the Penn Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, and Associate Professor of Political Science Devesh Kapur relates the underdog story of 21 Dalit (previously known as “untouchable”) entrepreneurs in India who overcame the stigma of their cast

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Penn Linguist Knows What Not to Say and How to Say It

    “We want to know what structures are possible in a human language and what are impossible,” says Julie Anne Legate, associate professor and chair of undergraduate studies in linguistics. Legate’s recent book, Voice and v: Lessons from Acehnese, takes on this problem by exploring the boundaries of passive voice sentence structure.

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Hamlet's Ghost

    To be, or not to be, I there’s the point,
    To Die, to sleepe, is that all?

  • Dorothy Roberts Awarded American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

    George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology Dorothy Roberts has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship for her book project Interracial Marriage and Racial Equality in Chicago. For nearly 90 years ACLS has provided fellowships for scholars in the humanities and related social sciences.

  • Richard Dunn Is Finalist for George Washington Book Prize

    Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor Emeritus of American History Richard S. Dunn is one of four finalists for the 2015 George Washington Book Prize. One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious literary awards, the $50,000 prize recognizes the best new books on early American history.

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Scientists-In-Training

    The first goal for most aspiring scientists and engineers is developing a research path—not creating a proposal to pitch to a room full of people. That’s where the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) differs. The dual-degree program, founded through the generosity of Trustee Emeritus P.

  • Two College Students Receive Thouron Awards to Study in U.K.

    Two College of Arts and Sciences students have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. The scholarship recipients are:

  • Adrian Raine Awarded Honorary Degree

    The University of York in England has awarded an honorary degree to Adrian Raine, Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology and Psychiatry. Raine is a world-renowned expert in the neurobiological causes of antisocial and violent behavior in children and adults, as well as the potential for preventing future crime and the neuro-ethical implications of this effort.