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  • November 2015

    A More Efficient Memory (Video)

    VIPER scholar David Lim, C’16, E’16, is looking for ways to make computers work better.

    Each year, Penn Arts and Sciences undergraduates get a chance to talk about their research at the School’s Undergraduate Research Fair during Family Weekend. We asked David Lim, C’16, E’16, a student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), about his work with Professor of Chemistry and VIPER Co-Faculty Director Andrew Rappe.

  • November 2015

    Watch and Learn (Video)

    Penn physics demonstration videos inspire classroom curiosity.

    Physics concepts come to life in a new series of videos released by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Penn Online Learning. The collection covers a range of topics and includes both narrated and silent versions so teachers both inside and outside Penn can use them as an educational tool.

  • September 2015

    Stress Reduction for Plants

    Ruby O’Lexy, biology graduate student, is studying how plants deal with agricultural stresses like heavy metal toxicity.

    What happens when a plant is under stress? Plenty, it turns out. Ruby O’Lexy, a doctoral student in biology at Penn Arts and Sciences, is examining the ways plant cells communicate, and her research may help feed the world someday.

  • August 2015

    Hunting for Planets

    Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Cullen Blake discusses the Pluto flyby and "Earth's twin."

    In July, NASA’s New Horizons space probe captured dazzling images of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons during a 31,000-mile-per-hour flyby. Surprising even some experts, the pictures revealed a vast variety of geologic features from frozen plains to streams. In the scientific community these photographs are provoking as many questions as they are answering.

  • July 2015

    The Science of Rejuvenation

    Dee Luo, C'16, pushes the limits of personalized medicine.

    Each summer, Penn Arts and Sciences students pursue internships that often pave the way to their future career. To provide a unique perspective, we invited Dee Luo, a senior majoring in the Biological Basis of Behavior Program and minoring in Healthcare Management, to share her experience.

  • June 2015

    Big Data

    Patricia M. Williams Term Professor in Biology Junhyong Kim navigates the complex computations of single-cell genomics.

    While most scientists spend their time trying to accumulate as much data as possible, Junhyong Kim has the opposite problem—too much data to manage.

  • May 2015

    Industrial Complex

    Penn undergraduate named 2015 Society of Chemical Industry Scholar.

    This summer Alan Dai, a junior in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) will scale up his research experience to the industrial level. As the recently named Dupont Society of Chemical Industry Scholar, Dai will spend ten weeks at Dupont in Newark, Delaware learning to improve the manufacturing process of agricultural materials.

  • April 2015

    60-Second Lecture: The Origin of the Elements (Video)

    Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Masao Sako takes us way back.

    Next time you take a sip from your water bottle, you might want to consider the fact that you are ingesting 14-billion-year-old molecules. It’s just one revelation from Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Masao Sako’s 60-Second Lecture Series entry The Origin of the Elements.

  • March 2015

    A Common Bond

    Chemistry students Keith Keenan, C’15, and Lily Owei, C’16, push the boundaries of undergraduate research.

    College undergraduates Lily Owei and Keith Keenan don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to their backgrounds. She was born in Nigeria, where she lived for seven years before moving to Germany, then South Africa, and finally to the U.S. to attend Penn. He grew up in China, where his mother and father taught English and homeschooled him.

  • March 2015

    The Color Code

    RRL Professor of Psychology David Brainard examines the intricacies of color vision.

    Next time someone asks you what your favorite color is, you might want to think twice before answering—your brain might be playing a trick on you. What we see when we look at an object is not its “true” physical color, says David Brainard, RRL Professor of Psychology, but our brain’s subjective reading of spectrum.