SAS Students and Alumna Named Gates Cambridge Scholars

Two seniors and one alumna have been selected to receive a 2010 Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Donielle Johnson, C’10, of Virginia, is majoring in psychology and is in the biological basis of behavior program. She has volunteered and worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research. At Cambridge, she will continue studying autism in the Autism Research Centre earning an MPhil in medical sciences.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill Portnoy, is a senior studying criminology and Hispanic studies. She is involved in service and non-profit work in post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans and has interned in the District Attorney’s Office of Philadelphia. She plans to pursue an MPhil in criminological research at Cambridge.

Amanda Marzullo, of Texas, received a juris doctor and a master’s degree in criminology from Penn in 2008. During her time at Penn, she interned with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at two public interest law firms.  She also conducted field research on the enforcement of women’s rights within the Kenyan judicial system. Currently, she is a policy analyst at the Texas Fair Defense Project. At Cambridge, she plans to pursue an LLM in law.

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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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