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Penn undergraduate named 2015 Society of Chemical Industry Scholar.Rebecca Guenard
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.
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Masao Sako takes us way back.Blake Cole
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.
Chemistry students Keith Keenan, C’15, and Lily Owei, C’16, push the boundaries of undergraduate research.Blake Cole
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.
RRL Professor of Psychology David Brainard examines the intricacies of color vision.Blake Cole
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.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy Philip Nelson discusses the ins and outs of authoring a science textbook.Blake Cole
When Philip Nelson couldn't find a textbook that suited the needs of his biophysics class, he didn't take any shortcuts—he wrote one. "I didn’t feel that there was a book that really spoke to physics students about why this subject might be interesting to them,” he says. “There was a gap there.” Physical Models of Living Systems was the result.
Graduate student Beatrice Markiewicz is using novel techniques to disassemble the amyloid proteins responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s.Dave Levitan
Alzheimer’s disease and other serious neurodegenerative disorders have been the subject of a tremendous research effort in recent decades. Much of the work, however, has gone into understanding the formation of the signature amyloid deposits—proteins that fold the wrong way.
Professor of Biology Ted Abel and Senior Research Associate Robbert Havekes examine how losing sleep affects memory.Dave Levitan
“There’s this view that sleep is for the weak,” says Ted Abel. “‘I’m getting ready for final exams, I’m just gonna stay up, I’ll be fine.’” Not so fast: New research from Abel’s lab has illuminated the specific molecular mechanism in mice of how sleep deprivation can sap the ability to remember things.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Cullen Blake searches for earth-like planets.Maureen Haggerty
Cullen Blake was smitten by the sky when his third-grade class studied stars and planets. “It piqued my curiosity,” he recalls, adding that his intellectual trajectory was influenced by the 1995 discovery of an exoplanet, the first planet known to orbit a star outside our solar system.
Graduate student Brandon Hedrick is using statistics to show how dinosaurs looked, moved, and evolved.Susan Ahlborn
Brandon Hedrick always wanted to be a paleontologist. “That’s kind of the norm in my field—you figure out when you’re three or four that you’re interested in dinosaurs,” says the doctoral candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences. At Penn, he’s been able to link that first love with his interests in math and biology to give a better picture of how dinosaurs looked and walked.
Undergraduate Leah Davidson uses the visual arts to energize environmentalism.Blake Cole
Leah Davidson is no stranger to charting new territory. In her senior year of high school she embarked on a journey to Antarctica with Students on Ice, an organization which seeks to provide students, educators, and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities in a natural setting.
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