News Releases



Experimentation Creates Unique Penn English Course
January 5, 2018
During a lifetime of teaching, University of Pennsylvania English professor Charles Bernstein has created and tested various writing “experiments” that now number 95 on a list used by professors and writers worldwide.
With a $450,000 Air Force Grant, Penn Physicist Will Shed Light on an Emerging Field in Physics
January 5, 2018
Bo Zhen, an assistant professor of physics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Young Investigator Grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Penn Presents 2018 Annual Symposium on Social Change Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
January 4, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania will honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with film screenings, lectures, workshops, panel discussions and musical performances during its 23rd Annual Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, Jan. 15-31.                                                       Organized by the African-American Resource Center at Penn, all MLK Symposium events are free and open to the public; however, registration is required for some events.
Penn Researcher Awarded Swartz Fellowship to Investigate Brain Mechanisms of Learning and Memory
January 3, 2018
Gaia Tavoni, a postdoctoral fellow of the Computational Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named a Swartz Foundation Fellow for Theory in Neuroscience for her research proposal suggesting pathways to investigate the brain mechanisms involved in learning and memory. Tavoni said she is fascinated by the deep connections between learning and memory.
‘Silent Code’ of Nucleotides, Not Amino Acids, Determines Discrete Functions of Proteins Vital For Life
January 3, 2018
Humans possess six forms of the protein actin, which perform essential functions in the body. Two in particular, β-actin and γ-actin, are nearly identical, only differing by four amino acids. Yet these near-twin proteins carry out distinct roles. A long standing question for biologists has been, how is this possible?
Penn Student Dave Joseph Succeeds With Drive, Determination and the Support of Others
January 3, 2018
By Julie McWilliams If Dave Joseph becomes prime minister of his native Jamaica one day, he will have achieved a long-time goal despite experiencing tragedy there. He says the island is a vital part of who he is and that it drives him to succeed.
Penn Senior Takes Up Worldwide Challenge of Climate-change Refugees
January 3, 2018
By Julie McWilliams The news is filled with stories of natural disasters, hurricanes, tornados, floods and fires, many often attributed to climate change. News crews, however, move on to the next story and don't follow up on the people displaced in the aftermaths. Where do they go? How are their needs met? Who is tracking their resettlement? At the University of Pennsylvania, senior Hani Warith is.
Penn Political Scientist Rudra Sil Reconsiders Russia
January 3, 2018
Rudra Sil, the director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business in the School of Arts and Sciences, does research in the fields of comparative and international politics with a special interest in Russian and post-communist studies, Russian foreign policy and United States-Russia relations.
Penn Engineers: Bone Marrow Transplant Stem Cells Can 'Swim' Upstream
January 2, 2018
When a cancer patient receives a bone marrow transplant, time is of the essence. Healthy stem cells, which can restart the production of blood cells and immune system components after a patient’s own are compromised, need to make their way from the circulatory system into the bones as quickly as possible. To do that, they must find the spots where blood vessels and bone are in close contact.
At Penn, Kelly Writers House and Perry World House Collaborate in Writer-in-Residence Program
January 2, 2018
Kelly Writers House and Perry World House, neighbors side-by-side on Locust Walk, are now connected by a writer-in-residence program for journalists who are under threat and working in crisis conditions.