Graduate Division News

  • 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.

  • Art Historian Davis Elected President of International Forum

    Associate Professor of the History of Art Julie Nelson Davis has been elected president of the Japan Art History Forum, an international organization for professionals engaged in the study of Japanese arts and cultures. Davis has been a member of the Forum since its founding in 1996, when she was part of its steering committee and served as the graduate student representative.

  • Ruth Schwartz Cowan Elected to American Philosophical Society

    Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Professor Emerita in the Department of History and Sociology of Science in Penn Arts and Sciences, has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society (APS). The APS was founded in 1743 as the country’s first learned society, and past members include Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, and Albert Einstein.

  • Math Professor Receives Humboldt Award

    Florian Pop, Samuel D. Schack Professor of Algebra in the Department of Mathematics, has received a Humboldt Research Award to fund a year-long collaboration with colleagues in Germany.

  • Penn Ph.D. Candidate Wins Rare Book School Mellon Fellowship

    Jeannie Kenmotsu, a doctoral candidate in history of art, has been awarded a Rare Book School Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography. She is among 20 early-career academics receiving fellowships to attend the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. 

  • Three Appointed to Named Chairs in Arts and Sciences

    Dean Steven J. Fluharty is pleased to announce the appointments of three faculty members to named chairs in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Penn Psychology Study Shows Learning Altered by Electrical Stimulation of Dopamine Neurons

    Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of Penn neuroscientists and neurosurgeons including co-senior author and Professor of Psychology Michael Kahana.

  • Penn Researchers Find Yeast May Hold Clue to Aging

    The single-celled microbes known as yeasts have long served as model systems for the puzzle that is the aging process, and in this week’s issue of Cell Metabolism, they fill in yet another piece.

  • Penn Earth and Environmental Science Professor Finds Indications of Climate Change in Southern Ocean

    To investigate the interplay between climate change and the ocean, Irina Marinov, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, has found it necessary to straddle disciplines.