Former grad student in feature film

Dr. Monica Dunford, who received her PhD at Penn working on the Solar Neutrino Observatory with Profs. Gene Beier and Josh Klein, is one of "six brilliant physicists" followed during the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider in the feature film "Particle Fever".

Evolution Cluster Effort Noted

The University features the success of hiring in the Evolution Cluster - a joint effort by SAS faculty to create an academic hub of interdisciplinary collaboration around the theme of evolution broadly defined - in the most recent issue of the Penn Current.  Prof.

Penn Current features Mark Devlin

Professor Mark Devlin is profiled in the latest edition of Penn Current, a publication on the news, ideas and conversations in the Penn community.

Winner of NSF EAPSI Fellowship, Zhenqing Qi

Zhengqing John Qi, a doctoral candidate in Charlie Johnson's group, was awarded an NSF EAPSI Fellowship for 2014.  John's research focuses on the electronic and structural properties of atomically resolved sub-10 nm graphene nanostructures to help enable rational decision-making as to graphene's utility in next generation high performance devices. He was a past recipient of the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship, NSF IGERT Fellowship and Penn's GAPSA-Provost Fellowship.

Penn selects Alison Sweeney for Packard application

The University has selected Asst. Prof. Alison Sweeney to apply for a Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering.  The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering provide the nation’s most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study.

Promotion for Elliot Lipeles

The department is pleased to announce that Asst. Prof. Elliot Lipeles has been approved for promotion to Assoc. Prof. with tenure at the last meeting of the Provost's Staff Conference. With approval of the President and Trustees, he will become P&A's newest tenured faculty member on July 1, 2014.


Department Outreach at a Sixers game

P&A graduate students Matt Lohr and Dan Beller contributed to the Philadelphia 76ers Science Night. Science Night featured interactive science exhibits on the concourse, a halftime performance by the Science Cheerleaders, in-game citizen science project for research on the Space Station.

Alison Sweeney awarded Sloan Fellowship

Assistant Prof. Alison Sweeney has been selected as a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences.  The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards involving nominations for most of the very best early-career scientists from the United States and Canada.  The award is announced in an advertisement in the Tuesday, Feb. 18 New York Times.

Penn graduate student wins postdoctoral fellowship

Daniel Beller, a graduate student in the group of Prof. Randy Kamien, has just been awarded the George F. Carrier fellowship in Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Science.  This is an endowed honorific postdoctoral position in widely applied mathematics.

Rittenhouse Lecture

The 2014 Rittenhouse Lecture will be given this year by Prof. Scott Tremaine of the Institute for Advanced Study.  Dr. Tremaine's lecture entitled "Are planetary systems flat?" examines the observational and theoretical evidence upon which our understanding of how planetary systems are formed is based.  The Rittenhouse Lecture will be delivered on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4pm in DRL A1.