Katherine Unger Baillie
Science News Officer
Katherine Unger Baillie covers the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and in the School of Arts and Sciences, manages media relations for biology, earth and environmental science, and history and sociology of science. She also occasionally covers scientific research coming from other parts of Penn.
Carnegie Mellon University and Penn Engineering Receive $3.5 Million for Innovative Transportation Research
PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science a $3.5 million grant for the next two years to conduct research and implement technologies for improving the safety and efficiency of transportation.
Mapping Native Americans’ roots
It’s a basic lesson in biology: DNA is the “blueprint of life,” the genetic code that manifests itself in traits like the shape of our nose or color of our hair. But anthropologist Theodore Schurr has shown he can also transform DNA into a lesson in history.
Penn study finds infants know more than you think
Parents always think their babies are the cutest and the brightest, but new findings from Penn researchers suggest that moms and dads may, in fact, be underestimating their young children in one crucial way: their ability to understand language.
Penn Psychologists Find 6- to 9-Month-Olds Understand the Meaning of Many Spoken Words
PHILADELPHIA — At an age when “ba-ba” and “da-da” may be their only utterances, infants nevertheless comprehend words for many common objects, according to a new study.
Governor Proposes Commonwealth Funding for Penn Vet for 2012-13
PHILADELPHIA -- Governor Tom Corbett’s FY2012-2013 Commonwealth budget proposes funding of $26.7 million for the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary school in Pennsylvania and one of only 28 veterinary schools in the United States. The recommended funding is equal to the support received for FY2011-2012.
Penn Biologist Daniel Janzen Honored With BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology is the recipient of the 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology category.
Penn Researchers Uncover a Mechanism to Explain Dune Field Patterns
PHILADELPHIA — In a study of the harsh but beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered a unifying mechanism to explain dune patterns.
Animal Lovers Lecture Series answers questions about pets
Whether you’d like your cat to stop eating toilet paper, or want to know why it’s important to keep Fido’s teeth sparkling clean, the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Lovers Lecture Series is designed to answer questions you hav
Penn Mathematicians Win 2012 Chauvenet Prize
PHILADELPHIA — A team of mathematicians from the University of Pennsylvania has been named winners of the 2012 Chauvenet Prize, given by the Mathematical Association of America to the author or authors of an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic. The prize was awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meeting.
Penn Anthropologists Clarify Link Between Asians and Early Native Americans
PHILADELPHIA — A tiny mountainous region in southern Siberia may have been the genetic source of the earliest Native Americans, according to new research by a University of Pennsylvania-led team of anthropologists.