School of Arts & Sciences

Inspiring young women in STEM

Over two days, nearly two dozen female STEM role models at Penn welcomed more than 100 high school students and teachers to campus as part of the Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS) Initiative Conference on campus.

Erica K. Brockmeier

Immersive stories to spur action on climate

Organized by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH), a two-day festival, “Environmental Storytelling and Virtual Reality” begins Friday, and will explore how virtual reality and other immersive storytelling might inspire action on climate change.

Katherine Unger Baillie

A conversation with Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

In the latest episode of “Office Hours,” a Penn Today podcast, Professor of History of Art Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw explains the curation process behind the Barnes Foundation’s “30 Americans” exhibit.

Brandon Baker

Decolonizing the syllabus

Faculty and graduate students in the History and Sociology of Science Department are reconsidering the way they teach, moving towards a more collaborative, innovative approach that incorporates a wide base of global sources.

Kristina García

In the News

The Washington Post

Move over, ‘latte liberal.’ A new GOP insult invokes goat milk and avocado toast

Diana Mutz of the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the ways food is used to make distinctions between groups of people. “It’s a way to draw lines between themselves and others—which is a shame, really,” she said. “But these kinds of things do the trick when they are trying to differentiate and divide.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia science prize goes to climate change and electronics researchers from Penn, UCLA

Charles Kane and Eugene Mele of the School of Arts and Sciences have been honored with the John Scott Award, given annually to innovators in science, for their work developing ways to predict the behavior of atomic particles.



Scientists look to West Point to better understand what it takes to succeed

A team of researchers led by Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences examined data from thousands of West Point cadets to assess the attributes that were most predictive of success. Their results “suggest that both cognitive and non-cognitive attributes matter in different ways and at different times,” they wrote.


U.S. News & World Report

How to study climate change in college

Yvette Bordeaux and Kristine Rabberman of the School of Arts and Sciences’ College of Liberal and Professional Studies spoke about the educational opportunities surrounding the study of climate change.


Smithsonian Magazine

The 96-year-history of the Equal Rights Amendment

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the Equal Rights Amendment and the obstacles that have prevented it from being ratified and added to the Constitution.