• Cultivating Knowledge

    Cultivating Knowledge

    A stone’s throw from bustling 38th Street, just off Hamilton Walk, lies a carefully curated green oasis, and nearby, a soaring glass-walled structure where plants from the exotic to the mundane are cared for and studied. The James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden, better known as the BioPond, is a well-loved campus resource by those in the know.

  • Video Game Helps Identify Brain Cell

    Video Game Helps Identify Brain Cell

    A research team led by Penn psychology professor Michael Kahana used a video game to help identify a new brain cell involved in navigation.

  • A Killer's Brain: Scans Look for Clues to Violence

    A Killer's Brain: Scans Look for Clues to Violence

    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?

  • Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism

    Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism

    One in 32 Americans are either in prison, on parole, or on probation, according to a 2010 report from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics.

  • Restoring History

    Restoring History

    Each spring, Doug Martenson stands eye-to-eye with Benjamin Franklin. He cleans the buckles on Franklin’s shoes, the folds of his robes, and the buttons on his vest. Martenson then covers Franklin in protective wax.