• Physics Researcher and Group Wins PennApps Hackathon

    Physics PhD candidate Rob Roy Fletcher teams with "hack" group to create a winning app. RAMEAR, the 1st place winning project of Penn's thirteenth Penn Apps, is designed to "listen your your computer's Ram (memory).

    To read more on the project and group please visit the available sources: DP and/or

  • Penn Physics Demonstration Videos Inspire Classroom Curiosity

    Physics and Astronomy lab demo coordinator, Bill Berner, strives to entrance the eyes and minds of curious thinkers through a series of Physics demonstrations developed by the department of Physics and Astronomy in collaboration with Penn Online Learning.

    Watch the demonstrations from the beginning of the playlist.

  • Physics and Astronomy Staff Member "Strikes Silver"

    Congratulations to Jeffrey Hancock of Physics, on his 2015 SAS Staff Incentive Program Award win in the Silver category!

    Jeffrey is a Machinist in David Rittenhouse Laboratory's Machine Shop. The Machine Shop's work ranges from custom scientific instrumentation to physical plant repairs, with particular expertise in machining for the physical sciences and engineering. 

  • Physics and Astronomy Faculty Elected AAAS Fellows

    Professors Charlie Johnson and Mark Trodden have been elected to the 2015 class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Penn Physicists Share in 2016 Breakthrough Prize

    The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Collaboration, which includes physicists from the University of Pennsylvania, have shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

  • Women in Physics holds First Annual Lecture

    The Women in Physics group hosted the widely successful event held in University of Pennsylvania's, Houston Hall which featured Professor Mildred Dressselhaus of MIT as its key speaker. Dresselhaus, the first female institute Professor at MIT partnered with the WIP group with the goal of inspiring other women to pursue a career in Physics and to seek out female Physics mentors. By sharing her moving story on her career in physics which spans over 50 years, the Women in Physics group are that much closer to closing the gap in a male dominated field.

    The inaugural Women in Physics public lecture was featured in the DP. Click here for the full article.

  • Penn Physics Professors Lecture for Public at Franklin Institute

    From smart lighting, mobile connectivity and underwater communications, to aviation, defense and security, the countless applications of light have revolutionized society. Explore some of the newest ways in which light is becoming an indispensable part of our lives. Professors Ravi Sheth and Arjun Yodh lectured about light at the "Why Light Matters" event at the Franklin Institute Oct. 27. To see their talks and the full program, go to

  • Visiting Fulbright Postdoctoral Researcher Tessa Baker Wins UK “Women of the Future” Award

    Dr. Tessa Baker, a postdoctoral Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fulbright Scholar spending this year in the Center for Particle Cosmology at Penn, is the 2015 winner in the Science category of the UK “Women of the Future Award”.

  • National Academy of Medicine Elects Three New Members from Penn

    Three professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been elected members to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

  • Professor James Aguirre Builds Radio Telescope with Community H.S. Students

    For most people, “radio” is something that is listened to. For physicists and astronomers, however, “radio” is something that is seen.

    A dozen local high school students did just that this summer, as part of Penn’s Summer Science Academy Program. At the Experimental Physics Research Academy, they worked with James Aguirre, associate professor in the School of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Physics and Astronomy, to turn a decommissioned TV satellite dish on the roof of The Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia into a 30-foot radio telescope, dubbed the Philadelphia Community Radio Telescope. Penn News Spotlights