Graduate Division News

  • From Egypt to Philadelphia, the Journey of the Penn Museum’s Sphinx

    When the massive sphinx arrived at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia in 1913, it was eclipsed by another historic event in the city—opening day of baseball’s World Series, with the Philadelphia Athletics hosting the New York Giants.

  • Melissa Sanchez Studies Sexuality by Looking at Renaissance Love Lyrics

    Melissa Sanchez, associate professor of English, is using the language and history of 16th- and 17th-century poetry to examine issues of gender, sexuality, and romance in the past and modern-day.

  • The Master of Environmental Studies Program Celebrates 20 Years at Penn

    The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at Penn. Over the past two decades, MES has championed a multi-disciplinary approach to environmental work and research, and has trained some of the most influential people in the field today.

  • Penn Professor Wins Top British Liquid Crystal Society Award

    Randall D. Kamien, Vicki and William Abrams Professor in the Natural Sciences in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has won the G. W. Gray Medal of the British Liquid Crystal Society for outstanding contributions to liquid crystal science.

  • PIK Professor Receives Teaching Award

    Robert Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Math and Electrical and Systems Engineering, has received the 2016 James P. Crawford Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Section of the Mathematical Association of America (EPADEL).

  • Political Activist Behind a Desk: Camille Z. Charles

    Camille Z. Charles believes that where you live influences everything that happens to you and sets you up for the rest of your life.

  • Raising Age of Majority Doesn’t Affect Teen Crime Rates

    In the criminal justice world, there’s an ongoing debate about whether to increase the age of majority, the point at which an adolescent can no longer be tried in the juvenile legal system and instead must be tried as an adult. Advocates of raising this threshold say it’s unfair to process juveniles in the adult system because their brains are not fully mature.

  • Asif Agha Is President-Elect of Society for Linguistic Anthropology

    Asif Agha, professor of anthropology, has been voted president-elect of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. The SLA is the premiere society for the interdisciplinary study of how language shapes social life in the world.

  • Barbara Savage Featured in Two Oxford University Lectures

    Barbara Savage, a historian and the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Head of the Department of Africana Studies, was recently featured twice as a guest lecturer at Oxford University.

  • Senior and Alumna Awarded 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholarships

    A senior and an alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn have both won 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholarships to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Lucia Calthorpe, C'16, and Morgan Seag, C'08, are among 35 United States citizens selected and are the 29th and 30th Penn recipients since the scholarships were established in 2001.