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Penn physics students share their stories of being on-hand for the discovery of the Higgs boson.Brea DeFeo
The summer of 2012 saw a monumental discovery in science: the mysterious Higgs boson particle was finally revealed.
Recent College graduate Avanthi Raghavan investigates the gene that may play a role in cardiovascular disease.Tracey Quinlan Dougherty
Even as a high school student, Avanthi Raghavan, C’12, G’12, knew her way around a laboratory.
Graduate student Brad Dober works to map out the night sky.Mark Wolverton
It’s a safe bet that most scientists don’t believe in reincarnation. But they’ll have to make an exception for the BLAST balloon-borne telescope.
Graduating senior Arielle Spellun sheds light on some of nature’s most accomplished artists.Mark Wolverton
Humans do it, whales do it, but it’s the beautiful creatures we call songbirds who are perhaps the true masters of the art of singing. The complex neurological functions that allow birds to create their lovely songs gave Arielle Spellun, freshly minted graduate of Penn’s Biological Basis of Behavior program, her senior honors thesis.
Jane Willenbring measures the rapid rate at which ice sheets are receding.Blake Cole
Frigid temperatures, constant daylight and complete isolation from civilization—it doesn’t sound like a model camping trip.
Paul Rozin identifies a major roadblock to exploring new methods of attaining drinkable water.Mark Wolverton
As Earth’s population continues to grow and its climate steadily changes, making sure that people have fresh, drinkable water is becoming a major concern. Many parts of the world already face life-threatening water shortages, which threaten to spread to even the most developed nations as the 21st century progresses.
Samy Belfer uses worms to help understand gender-specific sleep tendencies.Blake Cole
If androids dream of electronic sheep, then what do microscopic worms dream of? This question might never be answered, but Samy Belfer, a senior in the Biological Basis of Behavior major, says they are capable of explaining more than we might think about sleep.
Sarah Trice and Gary Molander alter the landscape of pharmaceutical synthesis.Blake Cole
In the grand scheme of things, a tiny molecule can mean a lot—especially in Penn Chemistry’s High Throughput Experimentation Laboratory. The state-of-the-art laboratory is capable of testing hundreds of reactions a day, as opposed to only a handful previously.
Daniel Song investigates pollination patterns in Mongolia.Tracey Quinlan Dougherty
Daniel Song, a third-year doctoral student in biology who studies plant-pollinator networks, is quick to note he’s not the first person to examine correlations between plants and the insects who fertilize them. “For as long as people have been collecting honey, they’ve been understanding pollinators,” he says.
Brig Williams and team close in on the mysterious “God particle.”Mark Wolverton
One day this past December, physicist Brig Williams was waiting to hear whether he and his colleagues had helped make history.
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