PHILADELPHIA — Pompeii-like, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China.
Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on Penn’s naming W.E.B. Du Bois an honorary professor.
Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences outlines a speech he believes Rick Santorum would like to deliver.
PHILADELPHIA — Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.
To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.
Penn’s 2012 Sloan Fellows are:
PHILADELPHIA -- Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, has been re-appointed chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by President Obama. She has served in the position since first being appointed by Obama in 2009.
Also reappointed to the Commission was James W. Wagner, the vice chair. Wagner is the president of Emory University.
Victor Mair of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on words created around NBA player Jeremy Lin’s last name.
During his lifetime, W. E. B. Du Bois was a sociologist, historian, author, public intellectual, and civil rights activist. Today, Du Bois is widely considered one of the most important scholars of his generation, who still influences researchers, according to Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “Teenage girls, and particularly girls of color, are an extremely vulnerable population for sexual assault.”