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  • In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination. But in a recent collaboration with the School of Veterinary Medicine, the printers have been put to work making models based...
  • Adrian Raine is putting together a puzzle. One of the puzzle’s key pieces is central to the nature versus nurture debate about the human experience: What makes people do bad things? Are violent criminals born, or are they made? As a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor, Raine examines these...
  • Understanding why some individual cells respond differently to stimuli such as drugs and disease proteins may provide insights into aging and disease. James Eberwine, PhD, Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Junhyong Kim, PhD, PhD, Edmund J. and...
  • A cross-disciplinary research team at Penn has arrived at a surprising finding: T cells, which comprise a key part of the immune system, track down parasites using a movement strategy similar to those used by predators such as sharks, monkeys, and blue-fin tuna to hunt prey. The research,...
  • In 1966, 60 percent of all incoming college freshmen stated that it was “important” to keep up-to-date on current events. By the end of the 1990s, that number had dropped to about 25 percent. “That is not great news for a democracy,” says Matt Hartley, an associate professor and chair of higher...
  • This fall, Penn launched a new undergraduate program in Integrated Studies. The program is designed around the idea that no single discipline or perspective can be applied to complex problems; instead, students tackle problems using multiple disciplines and approaches. Designed for freshmen who...
  • When some students come to Penn, they’re seeking answers to life’s big questions around issues of justice, origins, love and identity. Starting in Fall 2011, 80 incoming College of Arts and Sciences students will be able to explore these big questions in a fully holistic, multidisciplinary way....
  • Barbara Mellers and Philip Tetlock have been appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge professors at the University of Pennsylvania. The announcement was made Dec.9 by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.  Both PIK appointments are effective Jan. 1.  The Penn Integrates...
  • The bicycle leaning against the credenza in Karen Glanz’s office has as much to do with this Penn Integrates Knowledge professor’s interest in public health as it does with her personal dedication to physical fitness. Glanz, a professor of epidemiology and nursing who was recently named the...
  • In order to get at the heart of taboo subjects—drugs, homelessness, HIV risk and crime—Philippe Bourgois does more than simply study them from afar. For his 1995 book on street-level crack dealers in East Harlem, “In Search of Respect,” he moved into a house in the thick of that community’s drug...