• Studying Behavior in Penn’s Semi-Feral Horse Herd

    Studying Behavior in Penn’s Semi-Feral Horse Herd

    On 40 acres of Chester County, Pennsylvania’s lush pasture land, close to 90 ponies roam relatively free of human interference. Their social interactions, reproductive behavior, and physical well-being give researchers like Sue McDonnell, founding head of the Equine Behavior Program at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, a window into the lives of horses in a near-natural state.

  • New Ideas for Spending Tax Money

    New Ideas for Spending Tax Money

    Many government programs designed to address societal ills fall short of their goals in sector after sector, and Richard J. Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice, says these programs are predestined to fail because they create self-serving and self-protecting bureaucracies that keep them in business.

  • Penn Scientists Bring Mongolian Research Project to City Streets

    Penn Scientists Bring Mongolian Research Project to City Streets

    Last month, members of a Penn research team transformed a parking space on a Philadelphia street into a public park for a day.

  • Integrated Studies at Penn

    Integrated Studies at Penn

    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.

  • Replicating the History of Human Evolution

    Replicating the History of Human Evolution

    Discovering a multi-million year old human fossil may represent a truly one-of-a-kind look into the history of the human species, but even the most well preserved specimen is not much use in a vacuum.