News Releases



Penn Researchers Establish Universal Signature Fundamental to How Glassy Materials Fail
November 28, 2017
Dropping a smartphone on its glass screen, which is made of atoms jammed together with no discernible order, could result in it shattering. Unlike metals and other crystalline materials, glass and many other disordered solids cannot be deformed significantly before failing and, because of their lack of crystalline order, it is difficult to predict which atoms would change during failure.
Penn Junior Jack Stack Is Pursuing His Paleontological Dream
November 28, 2017
Some paleontologists travel far and wide to seek new fossils — to the desert Southwest of the United States, remote regions of China or the farthest tip of Argentina. University of Pennslyvania student Jack Stack, on the other hand, made his first paleontological discoveries much closer to home. At home, in fact.
A New Take on the Discussion of Domestic Violence
November 28, 2017
On a recent afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania, Robb Carter explored domestic violence using an unusual approach. At the monthly Women of Color at Penn Noontime Networking Lunch Series, more than 30 people listened as Carter discussed “Domestic Abuse: A Look From the Abusive Male Perspective” as he tried to answer one question that always emerges: Why?
Penn Neuroscientists Construct First Whole-brain Map Showing Electrical Connections Key to Forming Memories
November 22, 2017
A team of neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has constructed the first whole-brain map of electrical connectivity in the brain based on data from nearly 300 neurosurgical patients with electrodes implanted directly on the brain. The researchers found that low-frequency rhythms of brain activity, when brain waves move up and down slowly, primarily drive communication between the frontal, temporal and medial temporal lobes, key brain regions that engage during memory processing. 
Penn Team Takes First Place at International Real Estate Competition
November 21, 2017
Six undergraduate students from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania took home the first place title and top prize of $10,000 from the Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition, Nov. 13-14, in New York City.
For Penn Sophomore Michelle Lu, a Unique Internship Fosters Musical Connections, ‘Bridge Across Cultures’
November 20, 2017
Sophomore Michelle Lu spent six weeks interning with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The work she did planning logistics for the group’s trip to China included watching the musicians perform side by side with Chinese musicians, attend meetings with the orchestra’s CEO and visit the Penn Wharton China Center. 
A Message to the Penn Community About Campaign for Community
November 20, 2017
A Message to the Penn CommunityResponding to the Campus ConversationFromAmy Gutmann, President​​​​​​​Wendell Pritchett, Provost We write to follow up on the Campus Conversation that was held on October 30 at the Zellerbach Theater.  The Conversation was part of an ongoing effort, which will continue throughout this academic year and beyond, to further strengthen and support the health and wellness of our students.
Penn Engineers Develop Microchip Laser Stabilizer, Enabling Faster Data Transfer
November 20, 2017
With streaming movies and UltraHD television taking more and more bandwidth, there is a race to deliver data into people’s homes as quickly as possible. Light-based fiber optic connections promise far faster data rates than standard electricity-based coaxial cables, so making laser sources smaller, cheaper and more stable is a high priority for engineers.
‘Brazil Nut Effect’ Helps Explain How Rivers Resist Erosion, Penn Team Finds
November 20, 2017
Pop the top off a can of mixed nuts and, chances are, Brazil nuts will be at the top. This phenomenon, of large particles tending to rise to the top of mixtures while small particles tend to sink down, is popularly known as the “Brazil nut effect” and more technically as granular segregation. Look down at the top of a riverbed and it’s easy to draw a parallel: the top of a riverbed is typically lined with larger cobbles, while finer sand and small gravel particles make up the deeper layers.
A Practical Lesson in the Art of Curation: The Incubation Series at Penn
November 20, 2017
Unraveled sweaters. Folded photographs. Concrete blocks. Coffee grounds. As curators of an art gallery exhibition, two University of Pennsylvania art history students found a common thread in these disparate materials used in the work of four Penn fine arts students: Lauren Altman, Erlin Geffrard, Jiayi Liu and Heryk Tomassini,.