As Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences, Larry Gladney oversees the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology, as well as several research centers.
Dr. Gladney’s research focuses on experimental high energy physics and cosmology. He is a member of the Supernova Cosmology Working Group for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project, a proposed ground-based observatory designed to measure the expansion of the universe and determine the nature of the dark energy that is accelerating this expansion. He has received the Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society and the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecturer Award from Wayne State University.
In addition to his impressive record of teaching innovation at Penn, Dr. Gladney has long worked to support science education at the middle and high school levels. He was Director and Principal Investigator of the Penn Science Teacher Institute from 2008 to 2012 and is a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, where he has recently been named a Distinguished Fellow.