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October 20, 2014
Robert Aronowitz, University of Pennsylvania Professor of History and Sociology of Science, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the field of healthcare in the United States. He also holds an appointment in the Perelman School of Medicine, in the...
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October 15, 2014
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Alison Sweeney will receive a 2014 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Sweeney is one of 18 early-career scientists and engineers who will each receive a research grant of $875,000 over five years.
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October 14, 2014
Martin Seligman, Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at Penn, will be honored with the inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology during a ceremony at the University of Toronto this November. Awarded by the TANG Foundation in...
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October 13, 2014
In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania show how the brain makes directional inferences, revealing that people use geometrical relationships to orient themselves.
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October 10, 2014
This summer, Benjamin Finkel, C’17, traveled to the Ciociaria region of Italy to look at why a dialect spoken there is not accompanied by a strong sense of cultural identity. He was inspired to do the research by a course he took last spring on Italian history.
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October 7, 2014
Dean Steven J. Fluharty has announced the appointments of two faculty members to named chairs in the School of Arts and Sciences.
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October 3, 2014
Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry Gary Molander has been chosen to receive an American Chemical Society (ACS) national award, the Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods. The Brown Award was created to recognize and encourage outstanding and creative contributions...
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October 2, 2014
A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Santa Barbara, has shown how giant clams use iridescent structures, the purpose of which was unknown before. The structures enable symbiotic algae on clam shells to absorb the ideal amount of light for them...
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October 2, 2014
In a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, researchers Sarah A. Tishkoff and Joseph Lachance have found that a bias toward particular types of DNA sequences during gene conversion may be a significant factor in the persistence of heritable diseases in populations around the...
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September 30, 2014
Writing in the online “policy-zine” Republic 3.0, Dennis DeTurck and Bruce Lenthall describe Penn’s innovative approach to teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classes.
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