Natural Science


Penn Psychologist Selected as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow

The MacArthur Fellowship Program announced Wednesday that Penn’s Angela Duckworth has been selected as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, positioning her among the ranks of the country’s most elite and innovative scholars.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Paige Boehmcke | | 267-225-5003September 17, 2013

Graphene Frontiers Awarded $745,000 NSF Grant for ‘Roll-to-Roll’ Graphene Production

Graphene Frontiers, a company developed through the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer, has been awarded a $744,600 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop roll-to-roll production of graphene, the “miracle material” at the heart of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Study: Generosity Is More Evolutionarily Advantageous Than Selfishness

September 5, 2013

Joshua Plotkin of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted about co-authoring a study about the evolutionary advantages of generosity.

Article Source: The Atlantic

Are You a Language Bully?

September 5, 2013

Robert Kurzban of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on people who publically correct others’ mistakes.

Article Source: Slate
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604September 4, 2013

Penn Science Café: Studying Self-Control

Associate Professor of Psychology Robert Kurzban studies how the mind has adapted over time to the challenges of the social world, such as how to make decisions about cooperation, morality and punishment. Kurzban will talk about one trait we associate with these challenges: willpower.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604September 3, 2013

Penn Team Begins Five-Year Sky-Mapping Mission as Part of Dark Energy Survey

For hundreds of nights during the next five years, the world’s most powerful digital camera will turn skyward, helping a team of physicists and astronomers from around the globe answer fundamental questions about our universe.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604August 29, 2013

Penn: Protein That Protects Nucleus Also Regulates Stem Cell Differentiation

The human body has hundreds of different cell types, all with the same basic DNA, and all of which can ultimately be traced back to identical stem cells.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194August 26, 2013

Penn Study Finds Earlier Peak for Spain’s Glaciers

The last glacial maximum was a time when Earth’s far northern and far southern latitudes were largely covered in ice sheets and sea levels were low. Over much of the planet, glaciers were at their greatest extent roughly 20,000 years ago.

Psittacosaurus Dinosaur Skull Study Reveals Three Species Are Actually One

August 13, 2013

Peter Dodson of the School of Veterinary Medicine is quoted about studying species that were misclassified.

Article Source: The Huffington Post

Penn Couple’s Biggest Legacy: A Forest in Costa Rica

August 12, 2013

Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs of the School of Arts and Sciences are highlighted for their insect research and collecting in Costa Rica.

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