Physics graduate student Mitchell Lerner, a member of the Johnson research group, received the 2012 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research from the Nano/Bio Interface Center, Penn's NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). The award was in recognition of Lerner's research on nano-enabled sensors based on hybrid structures of carbon nanotubes or graphene and biomolecules, such as DNA or proteins.
The October issue of APS News (pg. 5), features articles by two Penn Physics grads on their experiences as AAAS Mass Media fellows. Each year, as part of a program run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, APS sponsors two media fellows, who spend the summer at a media outlet, learning the craft of science writing. 2012 media fellows Kerstin Nordstrom and Meeri Kim describe their experiences this summer in the feature article.
Mitch Newcomer and Simon Dicker are 2 of just 15 SAS staff members to receive awards from the 2012 School of Arts and Sciences Staff Incentive Bonus Award program. From over 50 nominations, these two were selected based on the recommendation of a staff and faculty committee to receive cash awards. These bonuses recognize the hard work, accomplishments, and dedication - above and beyond the job description - of Mitch and Simon to the mission of SAS.
Vijay has just been named the Cathy and Marc Lasry Professor, effective immediately.
Prof. Mark Trodden is a regular contributor to the blogosphere through his regular contributions to Cosmic Variance, a blog hosted by Discover magazine. Physics World magazine recently put out an interview on Mark in which he discusses the art of science blogging.
Prof. Mirjam Cvetic is featured in this month's addition of the School of Arts and Sciences online magazine "SAS Frontiers". The article, "The Art and Science of Teaching", discusses Mirjam's approach to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students studying physics and follows on to her impressive double-win of the Lindback and Abrams awards earlier this year.
Grants of almost $19 million will help to develop technologies to dramatically reduce the cost of DNA sequencing, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today. During the past decade, DNA sequencing costs have fallen dramatically (see www.genome.gov/sequencingcosts), fueled by tools, technologies and process improvements developed by genomics researchers. The use of nanoscale devices for sequencing, reflected in many of these projects, is accelerating.