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.

The three working groups will research social issues reflecting Penn’s commitment to local, national and global engagement. Included amongst the working groups, from Penn Arts and Sciences, are:

The Immigration and Immigrant Rights: Led by Michael Jones-Correa, professor of political science, and Amada Armenta, assistant professor of sociology, the group will identify Penn scholars focused on immigration and share their research with policy decision-makers.
River Research Seminar: Bethany Wiggin, associate professor of German, will connect faculty and students across disciplines from Penn, Drexel University and Temple University, in conjunction with community partners, to explore the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s urban waters.

The five conferences awarded grants will address a variety of issues related to economic policy, infrastructure, housing in the future, diversity and more. Included amongst the conferences, and featuring Penn Arts and Sciences faculty, are:

The Philadelphia Workshop on Macroeconomics and Economic Policy, in which Dirk Krueger, professor of economics, will pool academics and researchers from across Penn and policy institutions to present and discuss macroeconomic research and fiscal policies at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
John MacDonald, professor of criminology and sociology, and the Fels Institute of Government will host the Rebuilding America Summit, addressing the problem of an aging and underfunded infrastructure by assembling Penn faculty, government budget directors and chief financial officers.
Dawn Teele, assistant professor of political science, will amass Penn scholars, faculty from other institutions, campaign training program leaders and politicians to better understand what incentives encourage women to seek political office in Nudging Women to Run.

Daniel Hopkins, associate professor of political science, will lead a conference to advance efforts toward integrating the perspectives of social and behavioral science into the City of Philadelphia’s work.

Read the full article here.

Arts & Sciences News

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.

View Article >
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.

View Article >
Doris Wagner Named Robert I. Williams Term Professor

A leader in the fields of plant biology, chromatin modification, and epigenetics, Wagner’s research focuses on understanding at the molecular level the complex changes that occur when an organism switches developmental programs.

View Article >
Wrongful Convictions Reported for 6 Percent of Crimes

A study from Penn criminologists results in the first general estimate for the prison population as a whole.

View Article >
Race Has a Place in Human Genetics Research, Philosopher Argues

Penn philosopher Quayshawn Spencer says there is a racial classification that’s medically useful to reliably sample human genetic diversity.

View Article >
Exploring the Sounds of the Middle Ages

Assistant Professor of Music Mary Channen Caldwell's freshman seminar course, “Hearing (in) the Middle Ages,” explores a range of sounds heard throughout the medieval period, whether produced by people, instruments, bells, or animals.

View Article >