Faculty Archive

  • Investigating the brain's innate ability to map our surroundings.

  • Paul Sniegowski, the newly appointed Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, riffs on research, teaching, and the liberal arts.

  • Richard Berk, professor and chair of the Department of Criminology, discusses fairness in the criminal justice system in OMNIA op-ed.

  • Jane Austen died 200 years ago on July 18, 1817, at the age of 41. We don’t know why she died so young, although theories include Addison’s disease, lymphoma, even accidental arsenic poisoning.

  • Often, immigrating to a foreign country means taking on a new identity, a complex process of adjustment and acculturation. When race comprises a part of a national identity, the process becomes even more complicated.

  • Twentieth-century Spain was marked by political upheaval. The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) ended with a victory for General Francisco Franco, who ruled the region as a fascist dictator until his death in 1975. Then began La Transición, the transition to a constitutional monarchy and democracy.

  • In the field of criminology, it is well established that men commit more crime than women. A Penn study published recently in the journal Criminology is the first to demonstrate that men’s lower resting heart rate partly explains their higher rate of criminal offending.

  • The midwater region of the ocean is the largest habitat by volume in the world, making up 99 percent of Earth’s livable space. It’s home to a myriad of occupants, many of which have evolved peculiar abilities to allow them to survive.

  • In the past few decades, western medicine has become more cognizant of the need to maintain whole-body health and to nurture the mind, body and spirit. This evolution of modern medical science owes much to ancient medical traditions like Ayurveda, which was founded with such wellness philosophies three millennia ago. However, the integration of ideas is never one-way. In his book, Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences, Projit Bihari Mukharji, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, recounts the historical evidence for how western medical devices became included in the practice of modern Ayurveda medicine.

  • We spoke with Jeffrey Green, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, about the goals and programming of the new educational hub.

  • Former Civil Rights Commission Chair Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and a professor of history and Africana studies, reflects on then and now.

  • Emilio Parrado, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, discusses the repeal of DACA.

  • We asked English Professor David Wallace—and his mum—about the death of Princess Diana 20 years ago.

  • Man's best friend has always been a hero of film, literature, and visual art.

  • A Penn Arts and Sciences grant allows faculty and students to work with impacted communities in Pennsylvania to decrease lead exposure.

  • The Department of Criminology's new Fact Check site unmasks false claims surrounding the criminal justice system.

  • Projit Bihari Mukharji, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, discusses the melding of medicinal practices.

  • Penn faculty and students discuss the significance of the 2017 solar eclipse.

  • Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science, discusses public health and international health policy.

  • Multimedia bonus content section for the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of OMNIA magazine.

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