Past Events

  • Astro Seminar: "Can We Teach Scientific Critical Thinking to non-Scientists and Scientists Alike? (A Modestly Grandiose Educational Proposal to Save the World, Up for Discussion)

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A4

    Saul Perlmutter (LBNL)

    There is a body of techniques and practices, a language and culture,
    that is usually implicitly taught by apprenticeship and osmosis to
    graduate students and postdocs. This is the underpinning of an
    approach to the world that is shared by scientists, but not much used
    (or understood) by the rest of society. Can we make these implicit
    concepts explicit, and teach them to all undergraduates, whether or
    not they intend to be scientists? Could this help our society
    address difficult issues such as are raised by the global environment

  • Astronomy Night: "The Fate of the Universe"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratories, and Shoemaker Green 209 S 33rd Street

    Dr. Marisa March, Post-doctoral Researcher (University of Pennsylvania)

    Stargazers of all ages are invited to spend an evening looking up! 

    Members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy will help you explore the night sky through telescopes on Shoemaker Green. Special physics demonstrations and a discussion of the fate of the universe are also on the agenda. Join us for any or all of our free Astronomy Night events!

  • Topology Symposium: "Is the Abstract Mathematics of Topology Applicable to the Real World?"

    Wolfensohn Hall, Institute for Advanced Study

    Professors Randall Kamien (University of Pennsylvania), Robert MacPherson (Institute for Advanced Study), Raul Rabadan (Columbia University)

  • SAS 2015 Teaching Awards Ceremony

    University of Pennsylvania 200 College Hall

    Deans Office Representatives

    To applaud the extraordinary commitment of these individuals to the education of our students.  The winners of the SAS Teaching Awards will be honored at a School-wide reception. We hope that you will join us for the event as we celebrate teaching excellence in SAS.

  • Evolution Colloquium: "How Much Sex is Enough?"

    Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Building, 231 S. 34th Street

    Professor Daniel S. Fisher (Stanford University)

    Sexual reproduction has many costs--especially the existence of lots of males, but sex, or more generally exchange of DNA is widely believed to have major advanages for evolution. Yet most of the arguments are rather qualitative: with multiple large and small numbers involved in evolutionary processes, quantitative understanding is essential...


    **Light Refreshments served @ 2:30pm**

  • SAS 2015 Teaching Awards Ceremony: Lindback Awards

    University of Pennsylvania, Hall of Flags Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street

    Deans Office Representatives

    Provost's Award Ceremony for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring. The SAS community is invited to join in celebrating the honorees at the April 27 event detailed below. Warmest congratulations to these outstanding SAS teachers

    *Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.*

  • Dissertation Defense: "The B-L MSSM from Strings to the LHC"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room 4N9

    Austin Purves, University of Pennsylvania

  • David Rittenhouse Lecture 2015: "Towards a Reliable Determination of eta-Earth with Kepler"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A8

    Dr. Natalia Batahla (NASA)

  • Astro Seminar: "Mapping Magnetic Fields in Star Forming Regions with BLASTPol and BLAST-TNG "

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A6

    Laura Fissel (Northwestern)

    A key outstanding question in our understanding of star formation is
     whether magnetic fields provide support against the gravitational
     collapse of their parent molecular clouds and cores. Direct
     measurements of magnetic field strength using Zeeman splitting are
     extremely difficult and only a few clear detections have been made in
     high density molecular gas. Alternately, observations of polarized
     thermal emission from dust grains aligned with respect to the local

  • Dissertation Defense for Jing Cai: "Superior to One of Glass: Natural Gradient Index Lenses Via Patchy Particle Self-Assembly"

    DRL Room 3W2