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Local students visit campus to "judge" hands-on science activities developed by Penn students.Text by Blake Cole / Event photos by Brooke Sietinsons
Over 100 third- and fourth-graders from the Cornerstone Christian Academy and Beulah Baptist Christian Day School spent a morning on the Penn campus “judging” hands-on science activities developed by students at Penn, including undergraduate Biological Basis of Behavior program majors and graduate students in neuroscience.
Physicist Larry Gladney, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences, talks outreach and the role citizen scientists will play in the future.Susan Ahlborn
Penn Arts and Sciences is again partnering with the Philadelphia Science Festival (April 22-30, 2016), which annually brings more than 100,000 people together to celebrate the region’s historical strength in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Emma Harrison, a doctoral candidate in earth and environmental science, examines the role of these natural excavators in topsoil stability.Abigail Meisel
When people hear the phrase “nonrenewable resource,” they usually think of fossil fuels such as crude oil, natural gas and coal—all of which take billions of years to form from organic matter contained in earth. But what about an equally vital resource: topsoil? This topmost layer of earth, about two inches deep, contains a rich mix of minerals that supplies most nutrients for plants.
From heart valves to vapor deposition, Sharika Bamezai, C'18, and Eric Chen, C'18, ENG'17, present their research at the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibit.Video by Loraine Terrell and Alex Schein
Sharika Bamezai, C'18, discusses her research on "Hemodynamic Forces Regulate Heart Valve Development."
Eric Chen, C'18, ENG'17, discusses his research on "Designing Tools for Physical Chemistry Research."
Sudeep Bhatia, assistant professor of psychology, studies how we make decisions—for better or worse.Susan Ahlborn
Cruiser bike or mountain bike? Red sweater or blue? At this time of year, many of us are deciding what to get that special someone. Sudeep Bhatia, an assistant professor of psychology, is investigating how your mind makes that choice—and how it can sometimes be fooled.
VIPER scholar David Lim, C’16, E’16, is looking for ways to make computers work better.Susan Ahlborn; Video by Loraine Terrell
Each year, Penn Arts and Sciences undergraduates get a chance to talk about their research at the School’s Undergraduate Research Fair during Family Weekend. We asked David Lim, C’16, E’16, a student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), about his work with Professor of Chemistry and VIPER Co-Faculty Director Andrew Rappe.
Penn physics demonstration videos inspire classroom curiosity.Blake Cole
Physics concepts come to life in a new series of videos released by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Penn Online Learning. The collection covers a range of topics and includes both narrated and silent versions so teachers both inside and outside Penn can use them as an educational tool.
Ruby O’Lexy, biology graduate student, is studying how plants deal with agricultural stresses like heavy metal toxicity.Susan Ahlborn
What happens when a plant is under stress? Plenty, it turns out. Ruby O’Lexy, a doctoral student in biology at Penn Arts and Sciences, is examining the ways plant cells communicate, and her research may help feed the world someday.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Cullen Blake discusses the Pluto flyby and "Earth's twin."Abigail Meisel
In July, NASA’s New Horizons space probe captured dazzling images of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons during a 31,000-mile-per-hour flyby. Surprising even some experts, the pictures revealed a vast variety of geologic features from frozen plains to streams. In the scientific community these photographs are provoking as many questions as they are answering.
Dee Luo, C'16, pushes the limits of personalized medicine.Blake Cole, with Dee Luo
Each summer, Penn Arts and Sciences students pursue internships that often pave the way to their future career. To provide a unique perspective, we invited Dee Luo, a senior majoring in the Biological Basis of Behavior Program and minoring in Healthcare Management, to share her experience.
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