Biology Professor Michael Lampson Named Searle Scholar

Assistant Professor of Biology Michael A. Lampson is among the 15 scientists named Searle Scholars in 2008. The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. This year, the Searle Scholars Program's Scientific Advisory Board considered 176 applications from recently appointed assistant professors, nominated by 120 universities and research institutions. Lampson’s research, focused on cell division and intracellular signaling, will receive $300,000 during the next three years.

Lampson received his bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University in 1994 and his doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 2002. He joined the Penn faculty in 2007, after four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.

Arts & Sciences News

Psychology’s Thompson-Schill and Kahana Honored

Two Penn Arts and Sciences faculty members were recently honored with the Psychonomic Society Mid-Career Award, given for exceptional contributions to the field of experimental and cognitive psychology.

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John Lapinski to be named the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor of Political Science

John Lapinski will be named the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor of Political Science and the director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program effective July 1, 2018.

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Recipients of the 2018 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Announced

Eight graduate students from Penn Arts and Sciences to receive the prestigious award.

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Joseph S. Francisco Named President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science

Joseph S. Francisco will join Penn as the President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry, on July 1, 2018.

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Michael C. Horowitz Awarded Department of Defense Grant to Lead Team on Study of Autonomous Systems and AI

Michael C. Horowitz, Professor of Political Science, will oversee the study of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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Earthquakes at the Nanoscale

In collaboration with Robert Carpick and David Goldsby, Tian, who graduated from Penn in 2017 with a doctorate in physics, recently published a paper in Physical Review Letters which attempts to tackle these devastating natural phenomena by investigating the laws of friction at the smallest possible scale, the nanoscale.

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