Graduate Division News

  • Michael Platt Earns NIH Award for Neural Circuitry Work

    Michael Platt, James S. Riepe University Professor, has received a five-year, $2.9 million Method to Extend Research In Time, or MERIT, award from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue his work on the neural circuits that mediate complex social cognition.

  • Two Scientists Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

    Marsha Lester, Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Andrea Liu, Hepburn Professor of Physics, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

  • Penn Arts and Sciences Launches Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology

    Penn Arts and Sciences has announced the creation of the Vagelos Institute of Energy Science and Technology.

  • Researcher Uncovers the Unexpected History of Separating Church and State

    A forthcoming book from a Penn Arts and Sciences professor will showcase how the formal separation of church and state moved slavery to the political sphere, but defenders of slavery argued that religious critiques of slavery violated that separation. 

  • Program to Offer Public Tours of Lower Schuylkill River

    Inspired by urban river projects that have revitalized the cities of Los Angeles and New York, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) is collaborating on a project with Bartram’s Garden and River Corps to increase access to the Lower Schuylkill River, helping more people connect to the storied waterway.

  • Jane Willenbring to Study Soil Metals for Geology and Gardeners

    Support from the National Science Foundation is allowing Jane Willenbring, assistant professor of earth and environmental science, to connect community gardening and the study of metal properties in soil.

  • College Announces Graduation Speakers

    Bill Shore, C’77, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, and Laura Sorice, C’16, will speak at this year’s graduation ceremony for the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. The event will take place on Sunday, May 15, at 6:30 pm, at Franklin Field.

  • Randall Collins, Renowned Sociologist, Honored With Symposium

    Penn's Sociology Department recently hosted “Social Interaction and Theory: A Conference in Honor of Professor Randall Collins.” Collins, who is retiring, is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology and a renowned expert on the sociology of philosophies and intellectuals, social and political conflict, macro patterns of violence, and micro-sociology.

  • Penn Celebrates Opening of the Stephen A. Levin Building: A New Hub for the Neural and Behavioral Sciences

    Amy Gutmann and Steven Fluharty cut the ribbon dedicating the new Stephen A. Levin Building. Photo by Lisa J. Godfrey.

  • Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative Announces Interdisciplinary Grants

    The Fels Policy Research Initiative has announced five inaugural collaborative grants for as much as $15,000 each, designed to further interdisciplinary partnerships. Three of the research projects involve one or more Penn Integrates Knowledge, or PIK, professors, a group of Penn academics committed to working across different disciplinary boundaries.