GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation Winners

Rajatesh GudibandeJohn QiRajatesh Gudibande and Zhenqing John Qi were awarded a fellowship from GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation.  Their winning proposal was entitled

Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Awards 2013-2014

We are pleased to announce the following have been named Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge awardees for 2013-2014:

Dahlia R. Klein,* '15, Biophysics, Chemistry and Physics majors, submatriculation in Chemistry

Julia Steinberg, '14, Physics major, submatriculation in Physics

A Multidimensional Mind

Prof. Vijay Balasubramanian is featured in the May 24, 2013 issue of Penn Arts & Sciences magazine.  The article covers Vijay's multi-discipline interests in string theory, black holes, the limits of Occam's Razor, and how the brain works.  See the article here.

Physics, Engineering and Origami

A Penn team led by Prof. Randy Kamien just won a $2 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation.  The program draws from the Japanese art of paper cutting and folding to make new materials that self-organize into structures that could be used in applications as disparate as drug-delivery to emergency shelters.  The Penn Current has a story on the grant. 

Mathematics and P&A Faculty Simons Award

Two University of Pennsylvania professors have won the chance to pursue their research full-time for the next academic year. The Simons Foundation has awarded fellowships to Mirjam Cvetic of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Ron Donagi of the Department of Mathematics, both in the School of Arts and Sciences. They will receive funded year-long sabbaticals from classroom teaching and academic administration.

Randy Kamien named Simons Investigator

Prof. Randy Kamien has been named a 2013 Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation.  This appointment is in recognition of the promise of his research.  The appointment comes with significant yearly research support as well as an annual fund for the department and a fund for indirect costs to the School of Arts and Sciences.  This marks the second such award for the department in the first 2 years of the existence of the Simons Investigator awards.

Penn Research Makes Advance in Nanotech Gene Sequencing Technique

The allure of personalized medicine has made new, more efficient ways of sequencing genes a top research priority. One promising technique involves reading DNA bases using changes in electrical current as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole.

Now, a team led by University of Pennsylvania physicists has used solid-state nanopores to differentiate single-stranded DNA molecules containing sequences of a single repeating base.

AK Mann obituary

Emeritus Professor Alfred Kenneth Mann passed away at the age of 92 on January 13 of this year.  His career in physics at Penn spanned more than 50 years.  The May edition of Physics Today features an obituary on Prof. Mann (page 59) from Profs. Gene Beier and Brig Williams.

Mirjam Cvetic named a Simons Fellow

Prof. Mirjam Cvetic has been named a 2013 Simons Fellow.  This award (with additional support from the School of Arts and Sciences) provides for a year's sabbatical to engage in "Non-Perturbative String Theory and Gravity" research.  The "Science Times" section of the New York Times will feature an ad honoriing all the 2013 Simons Fellowship recipients on Tuesday, May 7.  Congratulations Mirjam!

Nader Engheta wins Franklin Key Award

Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering with a secondary appointment in Physics & Astronomy, is the recipient of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Key Award from the IEEE Philadelphia for "outstanding electrical engineering design, innovation and problem solving.  The Key Award  is given annually to an engineer in the Philadelphia section of IEEE for outstanding technical innovation and technological contributions that have significant practical application.