Faculty Archive

  • Poet and essayist Charles Bernstein, the Donald T. Regan Professor of English, has received the 2015 Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry, along with Giuseppe Conte
    of Italy.

  • Was an 18th-century automated harpsichord player the forerunner of the Terminator? They’re both mechanical humanoids and are often analyzed together, but Heidi Voskuhl, associate professor of history and sociology of science, suggests that they shouldn’t always be.

  • Penn Arts and Sciences welcomed 24 new members to its standing faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year. The appointments include seven professors, one visiting professor, two associate professors, and 14 assistant professors, in 17 departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

  • New Associate Professor of Political Science Daniel Hopkins received two awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA) this fall.

  • Before you set out for your next hike, make sure you bring sturdy boots, ample water, and an understanding of the cognitive underpinnings of your sense of direction.

    In order to navigate successfully, your mind must work out two problems simultaneously: knowing your current location and understanding which direction you are facing. Most people think that locating themselves spatially is a single thought process, but the cognitive logistics are more complex than that, says Professor of Psychology Russell Epstein.

  • The Claw! Descending into a congregate of plush toys, the claw pulls out a single prize and isolates it from the pack. We are all familiar with the popular arcade game; now imagine such a mechanism put to use at the atomic level. Eric Schelter, associate professor of chemistry, has discovered a molecular claw can be handy for separating rare earth metals. 

  • Was an 18th-century automated harpsichord player the forerunner of the Terminator? They’re both mechanical humanoids and are often analyzed together, but Heidi Voskuhl, associate professor of history and sociology of science, suggests that they shouldn’t always be.

  • In July, NASA’s New Horizons space probe captured dazzling images of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons during a 31,000-mile-per-hour flyby. Surprising even some experts, the pictures revealed a vast variety of geologic features from frozen plains to streams. In the scientific community these photographs are provoking as many questions as they are answering.

  • The difference between having a passing familiarity with front-page news and truly comprehending world events comes down to a single word: context. “You can’t understand the snippets of national and global news reported by the media unless you have an understanding of the history surrounding those events,” says Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, professor of sociology, and professor of Africana studies.

  • Racial Differences in Education's Impact on Net Worth


  • Steven J. Fluharty, Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience

    Photo credit: Candace DiCarlo

  • The Continued Long-Term Consequences of Mass Incarceration in the United States

  • A University of Pennsylvania research program has gathered together leading scholars and advocates representing strongly opposing views on today's most contentious church-state issues, not to forge a consensus, but to model how to disagree without being disagreeable, while identifying any unexpected common ground.

  • Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, discusses the Philadelphia papal visit.

  • Guthrie Ramsey, Jr., Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, discusses music biopic "Straight Outta Compton."

  • Rebecca Bushnell, School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English, says video games can teach us a lot about what drives character development in theatrical plays.

  • Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Cullen Blake discusses the Pluto flyby and "Earth's twin."

  • Economics Professor Dirk Krueger discusses the Greek fiscal crisis.

  • Featured below is a sample of talks from this year's 60-Second Slam, a annual lecture-off held during Penn's Alumni Weekend. This month's featured lectures include:

     

  • Professor of Psychology Robert Kurzban analyzes Pixar's "Inside Out."

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