charlie cummings

Second year PHD Candidate, Charlie Cummings has been named named 2023-2024 Dean’s Scholar

Each spring, at the Dean's Forum, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences recognizes nine College students for their outstanding academic achievements. Students are nominated by faculty from among those with a grade point average of 3.8 or higher.

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martin claassen

Dr. Martin Claassen awarded 2024 Sloan Research Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Martin Claassen on being awarded the Sloan Research Fellows of 2024. 126 early-career scholars represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada.

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Pillars of Excellence Award 2024



Music can be characterized by network-like connections between notes.

Measuring the Information Delivered by Music

A network-theory model, tested on the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, offers tools for quantifying the amount of information delivered to a listener by a musical piece. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a framework, based on network theory, for carrying out these quantitative assessments.
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Once a spy satellite, now a telescope with an eye on the cosmos

Researchers from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences are part of a collaboration to develop Hubble’s wide-eyed cousin, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.
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Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (APS CUWiP)

The Physics department hosted the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (APS CUWiP) on January 19-21, 2024. For three days, around 180 students came together from 5 US states. They were welcomed by ~70 speakers and volunteers at the David Rittenhouse Laboratory. The program offered 4 plenary talks, 17 workshops and panel discussions, ~70 undergraduate research posters, and a career fair with booths from ~20 universities and companies.

Mechanics of knitting

Randall Kamien of the School of Arts & Sciences and Geneviève Dion of Drexel University share how combining traditional origami techniques with modern textile science can lead to practical applications in various industries.

Dark Energy Survey uncovers clues to universe’s complexity

In 1998, astronomers discovered that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, thanks to a mysterious force called dark energy that makes up about 70% of the universe. The discovery came as a surprise as it countered the prevailing notion that the universe’s expansion should be slowing down because of gravity. 


 Tuesday, August 29th 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM in DRLB A8