Graduate Division News

  • Spafford Wins NEH Fellowship to Study Japan’s Warrior Houses

    David Spafford, assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to study the corporate warrior house in Japan from 1450 to 1650. He is researching the social functions of the warrior house, exploring in particular practices and ideas about family identity, survival, and legacy.

  • Study Finds Well-Being Necessary Part of Public Policy Agenda

    “Well-being can and should drive public policy, from the most local to the most international levels.”

  • People More Likely to Defer Making Decisions the Longer They Wait

    Would you rather eat an apple or a banana? Read Moby Dick or A Tale of Two Cities? Is a cup or a mug holding that coffee?

    How quickly the decision gets made matters. That’s because the longer someone takes to draw a conclusion, the more likely that person will disengage from the process altogether and simply never decide.

  • Researcher Looks at Healthy Changes Through a Political Lens

    In Governing With Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy and Inequality in America, Daniel  Gillion says politicians are sharers of health information with the potential to increase awareness of health issues and advise minorities on best practices.

  • Extreme Rainfall Doesn’t Always Mean Extreme Erosion

    In the Puerto Rican rain forest, a strong storm can drop a meter of rain in a single day. All that water rushes into mountain rivers and causes a torrent as the water overflows the riverbanks and charges downstream. It seems intuitive that the force of so much water would lead to massive erosion of a riverbed. But according to a new study, that intuition is incorrect.

  • Penn Joins in $40 Million Grant to Establish Simons Observatory

    The Simons Foundation has awarded a $38.4 million grant to establish the Simons Observatory, a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert that will merge and expand existing efforts to explore the evolution of the universe from its earliest moments to today. An additional $1.7 million of support is being provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

  • Michael Platt Earns NIH Award for Neural Circuitry Work

    Michael Platt, James S. Riepe University Professor, has received a five-year, $2.9 million Method to Extend Research In Time, or MERIT, award from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue his work on the neural circuits that mediate complex social cognition.

  • Two Scientists Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

    Marsha Lester, Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Andrea Liu, Hepburn Professor of Physics, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

  • Penn Arts and Sciences Launches Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology

    Penn Arts and Sciences has announced the creation of the Vagelos Institute of Energy Science and Technology.

  • Researcher Uncovers the Unexpected History of Separating Church and State

    A forthcoming book from a Penn Arts and Sciences professor will showcase how the formal separation of church and state moved slavery to the political sphere, but defenders of slavery argued that religious critiques of slavery violated that separation.