Graduate Division News

  • 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.

  • Researchers Expand Research on Simplifying Recycling of Rare-earth Metals

    In a previous study, researchers pioneered a process that could enable the efficient recycling of two rare-earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium, which are found in the small, powerful magnets in many high-tech devices.

  • Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative Announces Fall Interdisciplinary Grants

    The Fels Policy Research Initiative in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania has announced eight collaborative grant recipients. Each will be awarded as much as $15,000 in support of three new working groups and five conferences, designed to further interdisciplinary partnerships.

  • Researchers Receive $1.1 Million NSF Grant to Protect Internet Security

    Ted Chinburg, a professor of mathematics, is part of a team that is trying to break the internet. But only so it can protect it.

  • Power Poses Don’t Help and Could Potentially Backfire

    The idea behind power poses, that if you stand in a “powerful” position, broad posture, hands on hips, shoulders high and pushed back, you will suddenly feel psychologically and physiologically stronger, is intuitively appealing, especially for people without much confidence.

  • Chemists Uncover New Information About a Protein Linked to Alzheimer’s

    Although the protein tau, which is associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, has been heavily studied for decades, its role in maintaining cell function is poorly understood.

  • Professor’s Research on Mass Incarceration Informs Documentary, Museum Exhibit

    After studying the origins and politics of mass incarceration, Marie Gottschalk has taken her research one step further by introducing the idea of a “carceral state” with millions of people in prison, on probation or on parole who are still “detained” through monitoring. 

  • Announcement from Dean Fluharty on the College Dean

    During the spring semester of 2017, Dennis DeTurck will be on sabbatical leave from his roles as Stephen A. Levin Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor, and Professor of Mathematics.

  • Researchers Uncover a New Way Heat Travels Between Molecules

    A new model, developed by Penn chemists, could be the first step towards better harnessing heat energy to power nanoscale devices. Abraham Nitzan, professor of chemistry , and Galen Craven, a postdoc in his lab, used new information about how to measure temperature on a nanoscale to revisit the mechanism of heat transfer.