PHILADELPHIA –- Physicists and neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania have linked the cell structure of the retina to the light and dark contrasts of the natural world, demonstrating the likelihood that the neural pathways humans use for seeing are adapted to best capture the world around us.
PHILADELPHIA –- Computational biologists at the University of Pennsylvania say that species are still accumulating on Earth but at a slower rate than in the past.
Today, Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter, co-directors of the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) announced that Dr. Camille Cates Barnett, formerly Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, will become a Penn IUR Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. With support of a William Penn Foundation grant to Penn IUR, Dr. Barnett will research best practices and innovations in urban governance, as well as pen articles on those topics and guest lecture in Penn IUR’s undergraduate urban research colloquium.
Penn Researchers Tap Into Cell Power to Create Building “Skins” That Adapt to Heat/Light of Environment
PHILADELPHIA –- Engineers, design architects and cell biologists from the University of Pennsylvania will use a National Science Foundation grant to utilize the flexibility and sensitivity of human cells as the models for next-generation building “skins” that will adapt to changes in the environment and increase building energy efficiency.
In Not Even Past: President Obama and the Burden of Race and in an audio sidebar, historian Thomas Sugrue discusses race in America and the meaning of the Obama presidency. (SAS Frontiers)
With her first children’s book, Femida Handy of Social Policy & Practice is showing the next generation of young readers how to be more environmentally friendly. (Penn Current)
President Amy Gutmann chairs the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, which concludes a meeting on campus today. Anita Allen of Law also serves on the panel. (Penn Current)
Sarah Barringer Gordon of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Law School is cited for her book “The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America,” and says running helps jump start the mind.
Moonstruck Primates: Owl Monkeys Need Moonlight as Much as a Biological Clock for Nocturnal Activity
PHILADELPHIA –- An international collaboration led by a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist has shown that environmental factors, like temperature and light, play as much of a role in the activity of traditionally nocturnal monkeys as the circadian rhythm that regulates periods of sleep and wakefulness.