Graduate Division News

  • Grad Ben Talks Gives Students a Chance to Shine

    On Friday, March 17, at International House Philadelphia, Penn launched its newly created Grad Ben Talks with a day of TED Talk-style presentations by Arts and Sciences graduate students. Participants presented to an audience of undergraduates, faculty, staff, and fellow graduate students.

  • Vice President Joe Biden to Lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

    University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced that Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has been named the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a new center focused principally on diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security.

  • Research Describes Missing Step in How Cells Move Their Cargo

    Every time a hormone is released from a cell, every time a neurotransmitter leaps across a synapse to relay a message from one neuron to another, the cell must undergo exocytosis. This is the process responsible for transporting cellular contents via lipid-encapsulated vesicles to the cell surface membrane and then incorporating or secreting them through membrane fusion.

  • Researchers Solve a Decades-old Question About Glass Transitions


    If one were to take a liquid—any liquid—and cool it down rapidly enough so that it doesn’t have a chance to crystallize, the result would be glass. Glass is so viscous that it takes too long to flow for anyone to realize that it is liquid rather than solid.

  • Women Will Compete Against Self, but Not Others, to Improve Performance

    A woman is less likely to choose competition than a man, even when she performs equally well, unless competing with herself for a better outcome, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, George Mason University and the German Institute for Economic Research or DIW.

  • Paleobiologist Lauren Sallan Selected as a 2017 TED Fellow

    Lauren Sallan, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 15 innovators from around the world who will deliver a talk on the TED stage in April in Vancouver, B.C.

  • David Brownlee Wins Lifetime Achievement ‘Globy’

    David Brownlee has received a lifetime achievement award from the Global Philadelphia Association for his contributions to the growth of the city. Brownlee is the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art. He is a historian of modern architecture and urbanism in Europe and America and a Fellow of the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

  • Modern Language Association of America Awards Book Prizes to Two Penn Arts and Sciences Professors

    The Modern Language Association of America has awarded prizes for scholarly work to Kathryn Hellerstein, associate professor of Germanic languages and literatures, and Paul Saint-Amour, professor of English.

  • Researchers Show That Cubic Membranes Might Defend Sick Cells

    It’s well known that, when cells are subject to stress, starvation, or viral infection, they sometimes adopt a cubic architecture. Unlike the simple spherical structure of membranes in healthy cells, these cubic membranes, or cubosomes, are very complex, forming an interconnected network of water channels resembling a “plumber’s nightmare.”

  • Fish Fossils Reveal How Tails Evolved, Penn Professor Finds

    Despite their obvious physical differences, elephants, lizards and trout all have something in common. They possess elongated, flexible structures at the rear of their bodies that we call tails.