Ali Sundermier

Ali Sundermier

Science News Officer

Ali Sundermier covers physics, astronomy, chemistry, and math in the School of Arts and Sciences. She also works closely with the School of Engineering and Applied Science to assist in covering computer and information science, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, bioengineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering. 

A maverick among chemists

Madeleine Joullie, the first woman to join Penn’s chemistry faculty, was also the University’s first affirmative action officer, which she says is the most important thing she’s done.

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Making complex 3-D surfaces with 2-D sheets

Using liquid crystal elastomer, researchers are able to transform 2-dimensional rubber-like sheets into malleable, three-dimensional shapes, with a precise amount of control for various shape sequences.

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Looking to the stars

This year's Simons Observatory Collaboration conference included a community star party that consisted of a panel, a mixer with astronomers, and stargazing.

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Harnessing DNA tricks to boost nanosensors

Researchers have found a way to increase the sensitivity of graphene sensors using a trick of DNA engineering. The sensors might one day be used to monitor and treat HIV.

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Detecting distant stars: Q&A with Jose Maria Diego and Jesus Vega

While observing an exploding star in a galaxy cluster billions of light-years away, two visiting scholars noticed a curious speck of light in their images. The light was from an ancient star more than 9 billion years ago, the most distant star ever detected.

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Immune system function in the microgravity of space

Researchers from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Perelman School of Medicine are developing a technology to better understand how microgravity negatively affects immune system function.

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Science and politics: a Q&A with Molly Sheehan

The School of Engineering and Applied Science postdoc researcher discusses what fascinates her about science, her unique path in science and technology, and the role scientists should play in political office.

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