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  • October 2013

    Video: Next Gen Minds

    Young scholars research cutting-edge topics at the 2013 Undergraduate Research Fair.

    Undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences reinforce the idea that students at any level can tackle complex issues with a fresh perspective. Each year, young scholars are given the opportunity to participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Fair, where they spotlight the topics they are most passionate about.

  • October 2013

    Pain and the Body Without Organs

    Senior Anand Muthusamy studies pain at the intersection of philosophy, science, and anthropology.

    Bodily pain is a universal aspect of human life, one we daily go great lengths to avoid. But something equally quotidian—sports—made senior biophysics major Anand Muthusamy curious. The athlete’s “no pain, no gain” mantra—Curt Schilling’s pitching with a bloody ankle during the 2004 World Series, for example—complicates the universality of pain.

  • August 2013

    Forecasting Catastrophe

    Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor Adriana Petryna and Assistant Professor Etienne Benson discuss environmental disaster predictors.

    In a recent issue of Limn, an online magazine featuring scholarly commentary on contemporary problems, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor Adriana Petryna of Anthropology and Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science Etienne Benson offer their takes on the issue’s theme of sentinel devices, indicators that can aid in “preparation for an uncertain but potentially catastrophic future.”

  • July 2013

    Science Funding and U.

    Richard Schultz, Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences, provides insight on the pressures of securing federal funding for basic research.

    When Associate Professors of Mathematics Phillip Gressman and Robert Strain discovered a solution to the 140-year-old, seven-dimensional Boltzmann equation, they probably didn’t expect their findings to be trumpeted on the floor of the U.S.

  • July 2013

    A Faculty That Fosters

    Shirley Leung, C’13, G’13, discusses the importance of having a faculty mentor.

    At the College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate research isn’t just an option—it’s the norm. A recent survey showed that 75 percent of students in the College had a substantial experience in hands-on, independent projects during their undergraduate careers.

  • June 2013

    Out of the Mouths of Babes

    Charles Yang shows that toddlers know their grammar.

    Parents view their child’s first word as an amazing thing when, in fact, learning to speak is something every child does. They all do it in about the same way. And it’s something that no other species can do. It’s amazing.

  • June 2013

    Seeing Red

    Image standardization developed by David Brainard will help medical research.

    One way to judge the effectiveness of some ophthalmic medications is the redness of the eye. It sounds simple, until it’s a criterion in a nationwide research project using computers and electronic images. As anyone who’s ever ordered clothes online can tell you, one monitor’s red is another’s pink.

  • June 2013

    Space Junk

    Lisa Ruth Rand explores the ecosystem of deep space.

    “Used a satellite today?” It’s a question doctoral student Lisa Ruth Rand in the department of History and Sociology of Science often asks—and the answer might surprise you. Given the growing use of smartphones and tools like GPS by ordinary consumers, more and more Americans are dependent upon space technology.

  • May 2013

    High Speed Chemistry

    Penn Chemistry breaks new ground with High Throughput Experimentation lab expansion.

    From what is affectionately referred to as “the pit”—the basement level of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Laboratories—top Penn chemistry professors and administrators, alongside their Merck and Co., Inc.

  • May 2013

    Video: A Missed Metaphor

    Senior Geena Ianni finds an overlooked language deficit in some brain injury survivors.

    Imagine that your friend told you his heart had been broken, and you thought he needed a cardiologist.