School of Arts & Sciences

China’s Defense Industry Growing, but Still Not a Threat to the West

April 13, 2015

Joseph E. Lin of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses China’s defense exports.

Article Source: World Politics Review
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 15, 2015

University of Pennsylvania Student Wins Truman Scholarship

Adam Cohen, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue careers in government or in public service, wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers and are U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 13, 2015

Penn Researchers Help Make Maps of the Universe’s Dark Matter

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Members of the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail and will improve researchers’ understanding of dark matter’s role in the formation of galaxies.

Members of the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 9, 2015

After the Higgs: Penn Gears Up for New Physics Discoveries at CERN

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After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for its second run. The LHC enabled the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which gives mass to all particles, but the world’s most complicated scientific apparatus is far from finished

by Sarah Welsh

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for its second run. The LHC enabled the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which gives mass to all particles, but the world’s most complicated scientific apparatus is far from finished

Netanyahu’s Victory and Israel’s Future

March 27, 2015

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about politics in Israel.

Article Source: E-International Relations
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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 9, 2015

On the Road, Penn Senior Examines Environmental-Economic Conflict

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An interest in journalism led senior Brennan Cusack of Santa Barbara, Calif., on a road trip focused on examining cases of environmental-economic conflict.

By Julie McWilliams

Aspiring journalist Brennan Cusack set off on a solo cross-country trek last summer to get an insider’s look and to research four instances where environmental and economic interests were at odds.

Video: Arrest of Philadelphia Woman Is the Latest in Trend of Homegrown Terrorists

April 3, 2015

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences talks about the arrest of Keonna Thomas, a Philadelphia woman accused

Article Source: WXTF-TV (Philadelphia)

Born Red

April 6, 2015

Yang Guobin of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted.

Article Source: New Yorker
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 6, 2015

Penn, Johns Hopkins and UCSB Research: Differences in Neural Activity Change Learning Rate

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A new study suggests that recruiting unnecessary parts of the brain for a given task, akin to over-thinking the problem, plays a critical role in the difference between people who pick up a new skill faster or slower.

Why do some people learn a new skill right away, while others only gradually improve? Whatever else may be different about their lives, something must be happening in their brains that captures this variation.

Carbon Capture

April 6, 2015

Daniel Janzen of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for his conservation work in Costa Rica.

Article Source: New Yorker