School of Arts & Sciences

Tour Will Highlight Black Unemployment

July 29, 2011

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences says that, while the African- American community likes President Obama, she has noticed more black frustration with him over unemployment.

Article Source: Associated Press
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 29, 2011

Penn Chemists Make First Molecular Binding Measurement of Radon

PHILADELPHIA — Even in trace quantities, the radioactive gas radon is very dangerous; it is second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 25, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Graft Olfactory Receptors onto Nanotubes

PHILADELPHIA — Penn researchers have helped develop a nanotech device that combines carbon nanotubes with olfactory receptor proteins, the cell components in the nose that detect odors.

Because olfactory receptors belong to a larger class of proteins that are involved in passing signals through the cell membrane, these devices could have applications beyond odor sensing, such as pharmaceutical research.  

The Real STEM Crisis in Education: “We lose 25,000 math and science teachers each year.”

July 22, 2011

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the shortage of math and science teachers.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 22, 2011

Penn: Nanoplasmonic ‘Whispering Gallery’ Breaks Emission Time Record in Semiconductors

PHILADELPHIA — Renaissance architects demonstrated their understanding of geometry and physics when they built whispering galleries into their cathedrals. These circular chambers were designed to amplify and direct sound waves so that, when standing in the right spot, a whisper could be heard from across the room. Now, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have applied the same principle on the nanoscale to drastically reduce emission lifetime, a key property of semiconductors, which can lead to the development of new ultrafast photonic devices.  

Facebook Grieving, a New Death Ritual

July 19, 2011

Kimberly Falconer of the Perelman School of Medicine comments about online grieving.

Article Source: Times of India

It’s a Stressful Job Being the Alpha Male Baboon

July 18, 2011

Robert Seyfarth of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on alpha male baboons.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Michelle Bachmann Polarizing – Even Among Conservatives

July 14, 2011

Anthea Butler of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the polarized reactions to Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann.

Article Source: Philadelphia Tribune

Pumpkin Pie: Provocative or Just Tasty?

July 13, 2011

Johan Lundstrom of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “In almost all species, it’s the female who is picking her partner.”

Article Source: New York Times

Baboon Study Shows Benefits for Nice Guys, Who Finish 2nd

July 14, 2011

Robert Seyfarth of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on study of alpha male baboons.

Article Source: New York Times