Frontiers - Nature

  • September 2012

    The Art and Science of Teaching

    Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics Mirjam Cvetic makes science appealing to students of all interests and skill levels.

    Years ago in Slovenia, Mirjam Cvetic, the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics, became enamored with the competitive side of physics and its connections to nature.

  • September 2012

    Good Chemistry

    Doctoral candidate Gretchen Stanton improves efficiency in reactions.

    Chemistry is all about the details. While lab work might revolve around scientific discovery, practicalities like time and money are inevitable byproducts.

  • August 2012

    The World Under Light

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry examines what happens when light strikes objects.

    What makes light? Where does it come from? These are among the first questions most children ask about the world around them, and countless scientists have dedicated their careers to finding the answers.

  • August 2012

    A Dis-CERNing Discovery

    Penn physics students share their stories of being on-hand for the discovery of the Higgs boson.

    The summer of 2012 saw a monumental discovery in science: the mysterious Higgs boson particle was finally revealed.

  • July 2012

    Discovering Medicine

    Recent College graduate Avanthi Raghavan investigates the gene that may play a role in cardiovascular disease.

    Even as a high school student, Avanthi Raghavan, C’12, G’12, knew her way around a laboratory.

  • May 2012

    BLAST Blasts Off Again

    Graduate student Brad Dober works to map out the night sky.

    It’s a safe bet that most scientists don’t believe in reincarnation. But they’ll have to make an exception for the BLAST balloon-borne telescope.

  • May 2012

    How Birds Sing

    Graduating senior Arielle Spellun sheds light on some of nature’s most accomplished artists.

    Humans do it, whales do it, but it’s the beautiful creatures we call songbirds who are perhaps the true masters of the art of singing. The complex neurological functions that allow birds to create their lovely songs gave Arielle Spellun, freshly minted graduate of Penn’s Biological Basis of Behavior program, her senior honors thesis.

  • April 2012

    Frozen in Time

    Jane Willenbring measures the rapid rate at which ice sheets are receding.

    Frigid temperatures, constant daylight and complete isolation from civilization—it doesn’t sound like a model camping trip.

  • April 2012

    Recycling Water - And Attitudes

    Paul Rozin identifies a major roadblock to exploring new methods of attaining drinkable water.

    As Earth’s population continues to grow and its climate steadily changes, making sure that people have fresh, drinkable water is becoming a major concern. Many parts of the world already face life-threatening water shortages, which threaten to spread to even the most developed nations as the 21st century progresses.

  • March 2012

    Bed Bugs

    Samy Belfer uses worms to help understand gender-specific sleep tendencies.

    If androids dream of electronic sheep, then what do microscopic worms dream of? This question might never be answered, but Samy Belfer, a senior in the Biological Basis of Behavior major, says they are capable of explaining more than we might think about sleep.