The Power of World-Changing Ideas

Penn's faculty—both rising stars and superstars—drive the creation of cutting-edge knowledge and shape the education of future leaders. In this video, you'll learn about the work of two exceptional faculty members:

Joshua Plotkin, associate professor of Biology and Computer and Information Science, uses mathematics and computation to study questions in evolutionary biology and ecology. The Plotkin Research Group focuses on population genetics, with the goal of understanding how organisms evolve at the molecular level.

Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She chose Penn for its deep commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and for the extraordinary opportunity she saw to create a new program in race, science, and society.