School of Arts & Sciences

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
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 14, 2011

Penn Researchers Find Neural Signature of ‘Mental Time Travel’

PHILADELPHIA — Almost everyone has experienced one memory triggering another, but explanations for that phenomenon have proved elusive. Now, University of Pennsylvania researchers have provided the first neurobiological evidence that memories formed in the same context become linked, the foundation of the theory of episodic memory.

Video: Detroit’s History of Housing and Race

July 12, 2011

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his perspective on the history of housing and race in Detroit.

Article Source: WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

Weigh the Value of a Summer Business Program

July 11, 2011

Jesse Reich, a student in the School of Arts and Sciences, comments on attending a summer business program, as a nonbusiness major.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report