Graduate Division News

  • Physics Doctoral Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowships

    Three Penn Physics and Astronomy graduate students have earned some of the most prestigious fellowships in particle physics. Each has already made valuable contributions to the world of physics:

  • Penn Psychologist Finds Correlation Between Working Memory and Socioeconomic Status in Children

    Working memory—the ability to hold information in your mind, think about it, and use it to guide behavior—develops through childhood and adolescence and is key for successful performance at school and work. Previous research with young children has documented socioeconomic disparities in performance on tasks of working memory.

  • Mary Frances Berry Receives 2014 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

    For her lifetime effort to bring her training as a historian to public service, Professor of History Mary Frances Berry has received the 2014 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.

  • Rudra Sil cautions against simplified images of Russia and its leaders

    While Professor of Political Science Rudra Sil views the current crisis in the Ukraine as a terrible mess that all major powers have had a hand in creating, he is also frustrated by the simplified images and narratives being circulated by the American media of Russian politics and society.

  • Biology Researchers Find Plant Hormone Has Dual Role in Flower Formation

    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have revealed that a plant hormone once believed to promote flower formation in annual plants also plays a role in inhibiting flowers from forming. The dual role of this hormone, gibberellin, could be exploited to produce higher-yielding crop plants. The findings were published in the journal Science.

  • Brian Rose Receives Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal

    James B. Pritchard Professor of Archeology C. Brian Rose has been awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Rose, who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Classical Studies and History of Art, will receive the award at the AIA’s annual meeting in New Orleans on January 9, 2015. 

  • Biology’s Bonini Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Nancy Bonini, Florence R.C. Murray Professor of Biology, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

  • Heather Williams Appointed Presidential Professor and Professor of Africana Studies

    Heather Andrea Williams has been named the sixth Presidential Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1. Williams will be Presidential Professor and Professor of Africana Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • English Lecturer Susan Bee Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

    Susan Bee, a lecturer in the Department of English and at Kelly Writers House, has been named a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

  • Chemistry Faculty Garner Three Honors

    David Christianson, Roy and Diana Vagelos Professor in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Daniel Mindiola, Presidential Term Professor of Chemistry, have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In addition, Professor of Chemistry Madeleine Joullié will receive an honorary degree from Simmons College on May 9.