Natural Science


Amazon Ecology: Footprints in the Forest

October 9, 2013

Clark Erickson of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about the impact of indigenous peoples in the Amazon rainforest.

Article Source: Nature
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194October 10, 2013

Investigating Skeletal Muscle Healing, Penn's Rakesh Goli Finds a Love for Research

Rakesh Goli is leaning toward a career in medicine. But the excitement of scientific research also appeals, leaving him unsure of whether he wants to commit to a future spent exclusively in the clinic.

Fortunately, the University of Pennsylvania sophomore doesn’t have to make up his mind just yet.

Christopher Fang-Yen of Penn Engineering Receives New Scholar Award in Aging

Christopher Fang-Yen of Bioengineering has received the 2013 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging. He will study hundreds of thousands of simple worms to compare the genetic correlates of their lifespans.

Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?

October 4, 2013

David Roos of the School of Arts and Sciences is mentioned for his complaint to Science magazine about the deceptive practices of open-access journals.

Article Source: Science Magazine
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604October 8, 2013

Penn Scientists Celebrate Role in Higgs Discovery That Led to Nobel Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604October 2, 2013

Penn Celebrates Opening of Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The University of Pennsylvania will officially open the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology on October 4.

Three With Local Ties Named MacArthur Fellows

September 25, 2013

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for being named a MacArthur Fellow.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604September 25, 2013

Penn Researchers Use Facebook Data to Predict Users’ Age, Gender and Personality Traits

In the age of social media, people's inner lives are increasingly recorded through the language they use online. With this in mind, an interdisciplinary group of University of Pennsylvania researchers is interested in whether a computational analysis of this language can provide as much, or more, insight into their personalities as traditional methods used by psychologists, such as self-reported surveys and questionnaires.

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: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.