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  • June 2016

    Mental GPS? There’s an App For That

    Two student researchers team with their professor to create a program that could help diagnose cognitive impairment.

    As we travel about an environment like a city, we instinctively learn how to get from one location to another and form a “mental map” of our surroundings. How do we do it? And why are some people great navigators while others are frequently disoriented?

  • June 2016

    Courting Innovation (Video)

    Students from the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management share their capstone presentations with the research sector.

    This past April, four teams of seniors from the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management (LSM) presented their capstone projects to an audience of over 100 biotech and investment leaders. LSM is an undergraduate dual-degree program administered jointly between Penn's College of Arts & Sciences and the Wharton School.

  • May 2016

    Penn Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair (Slideshow)

    Local students visit campus to "judge" hands-on science activities developed by Penn students.

    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.

  • March 2016

    Science for Everyone

    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.

    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).

  • February 2016

    When Earthworms Are Earth Savers

    Emma Harrison, a doctoral candidate in earth and environmental science, examines the role of these natural excavators in topsoil stability.

    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.

  • January 2016

    Honing Their Research (Video)

    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.

    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."

  • December 2015

    Holiday Shopping: Beyond Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo

    Sudeep Bhatia, assistant professor of psychology, studies how we make decisions—for better or worse.

    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.

  • November 2015

    A More Efficient Memory (Video)

    VIPER scholar David Lim, C’16, E’16, is looking for ways to make computers work better.

    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.

  • November 2015

    Watch and Learn (Video)

    Penn physics demonstration videos inspire classroom curiosity.

    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.

  • September 2015

    Stress Reduction for Plants

    Ruby O’Lexy, biology graduate student, is studying how plants deal with agricultural stresses like heavy metal toxicity.

    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.