Frontiers - Nature

  • June 2010

    Walking with Giants

    Graduate student Shermin de Silva studies Asian elephants in Sri Lanka.

  • March 2010

    The Big Thaw

    Geologist Doug Jerolmack and students track landscape degradation in Alaska.

    Last summer Doug Jerolmack, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, traveled deep into the wilderness of northwest Alaska with Ph.D. student Colin Phillips and undergrad Patrick Kneeland.

  • March 2010

    Semper Zen

    Cognitive neuroscientist Amishi Jha studies mindfulness training for military preparedness.

    We know that physical conditioning, weapons training and fighting skill prepare soldiers for the rigors of combat, but a recent study by cognitive neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows that meditation practice gives them "mental armor" to better withstand the trauma of war.

  • February 2010

    In Search of the Best Medicine for Depression

    New research explores why different patients respond better to different treatments.

    Scientific meta-analysis may not be a typical way to make headlines.

  • January 2010

    Cognition Without Control

    Neuroscientist Sharon Thompson-Schill shows that a little bit of frontal lobe goes a long way in learning.

    Teachers work hard to get and keep the attention of a classroom full of kids, and on the night shift, parents put lots of effort into keeping their flitting and impetuous brains on track with homework. Sometimes it can seem a wonder that kids learn anything at all.

  • January 2010

    Green Label

    College sophomore Doug Miller develops proposal to help foster more sustainable consumption.

    Most of us would like to make more environmentally conscious choices as consumers, but the overwhelming amount of information about what makes a product "green" (or not) can range from confusing to contradictory to downright misleading.

  • December 2009

    The Science of Sleep

    Biologist Ted Abel discovers a way to reverse cognitive impairment caused by sleep deprivation.

    The cognitive consequences of not getting enough sleep—such as compromised memory and attention—are well established, both anecdotally and scientifically. However, many of the biological mechanisms by which sleep deprivation affects brain function remain a mystery. A research collaboration led by Edmund J. and Louise W.

  • December 2009

    Digging Deeper

    Undergraduate Tariro Mupombwa probes the mechanisms of energy production in tuberculosis bacteria.

    Among the many cultural differences Tariro Mupombwa, C’10, experienced when she first came to Penn from Zimbabwe was that of classroom expectations. While it was an adjustment for the biochemistry major to address her professors by their first names, still more startling was the intensity of class participation.

  • October 2009

    What I Did for Summer Vacation

    Psychology majors conduct research on a tropical isle.

    Most undergraduate study means going to class, reading books, doing homework, writing papers, taking exams.