Larry Gladney

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and Associate Dean for Natural Sciences
Secondary Appointment as Professor of Education
4N10 DRL
(215) 898-7320
(215) 898-2010

Dr. Gladney joined the Penn faculty as an assistant professor of physics in 1988, after pursuing postdoctoral studies at the University between 1985 and 1988. In 1993, he was promoted to the position of associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in 2005 to the position of Full Professor. From 2003 to 2004, he served as a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

He is the recipient of the 1997 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society, the 1997 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecturer Award from Wayne State University, the 1994 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association, and the 1990 Lilly Teaching Fellowship. From 1989 to 1994, he was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator.

Dr. Gladney served as a member of the U.S. Army Science Advisory Board from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2001 and again from 2006 to 2009.  He has been chair or member of numerous review panels for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Gladney was also the Director and Principal Investigator of the Penn Science Teacher Institute from 2008 to 2012 and Chair of the Faculty Senate.


1979: BA, Northwestern University

1982: M.S., Physics, Stanford University

1985: Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University

Research Interests: 

Dr. Gladney focuses his research on experimental high energy physics and cosmology. He is one of the Penn representatives on the LSST project (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope), a proposed ground-based observatory designed to measure the expansion of the universe and to determine the nature of the dark energy that is accelerating this expansion.

Selected Publications: 

Announcement of advancement of LSST to its final design phase

B. Aubert et al., “The BABAR Detector: Upgrades, Operation and Performance", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 729, 615 (2013).

M. Sako et al., “Photometric type Ia supernova candidates from the three-year SDSS SN survey data”, Astrophys. J. 738: 162 (2011).

L. Faccioli et al., “Reducing Zero-point Systematics in Dark Energy Supernova Experiments”, Astropart. Phys. 34: 847-857 (2011).

A. Kim et al., “Prospective Type Ia Supernova Surveys From Dome A”, Astropart. Phys. 33: 248-254 (2010).

D. Farrah et al., “The extraordinary mid-infrared spectral properties of FeLoBAL Quasars”, Astrophys. J. 717: 868-877 (2010).

B. Aubert et al., “Search for Lepton Flavor Violating Decays tau à l- K0(s) with the BABAR Experiment”, Phys. Rev. D79:012004, 9 pp, (2009).

B. Aubert et al., “Measurement of the e+ e- à b anti-b cross section between s**(1/2) = 10.54-GeV and 11.20-GeV”, Phys.Rev.Lett. 102:012001, 7 pp, (2009).

Courses Taught: 
  • Physics 011 and 012 - General Physics Laboratory I and II
  • Physics 015 - Mechanics course taught remotely through video and the Web in the PennAdvance program
  • Math 095 - Interdisciplinary Chemistry, Physics, and Math taught during the Penn Pre-Freshman Program
  • Physics 137 - An Academically-Based Community Service Learning course that provides Penn undergraduates direct teaching experience in the research-identi ed best practices for physics education with a University City High School physics class.
  • Physics 150 - Mechanics
  • Physics 151 - Electricity, Magnetism, Optics
  • Physics 170 - Honors Physics - Mechanics
  • Physics 171 - Honors Physics - Electricity and Magnetism
  • Physics 299 - Independent study
  • Physics 351 - Analytical Mechanics
  • Physics 401 - Statistical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Kinetic Theory
  • Physics 411/511 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
  • Physics 412/512 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
  • Minicourses for graduate students on Object-Oriented Design and Java programming
  • Physics 590 - Physics: Foundation of Science for Middle and High school teachers of science as part of the Masters in Integrated Science
  • Education Program with concentration on mechanics
  • Physics 591 - Physics: Foundation of Science for Middle and High school teachers of science as part of the Masters in Integrated Science Education Program with concentration on electricity and magnetism
  • Physics 999 - Dissertation
Other Affiliations: 

Secondary Appointment as Professor of Education in the Penn Graduate School of Education

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