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.
Detecting distant stars: Q&A with Jose Maria Diego and Jesús 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.
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.
Earthquakes at the nanoscale
Scientists have gotten better at predicting where earthquakes will occur, but they’re still in the dark about when they will strike and how devastating they will be. Penn researchers hope to tackle this by investigating the laws of friction at the smallest possible scale, the nanoscale.
Engineering dean elected to the American Philosophical Society
Dean Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the U.S.
Penn Electric Racing gears up for this year’s competition with an innovative new design
Penn Electric Racing, a team of about 60 students at the University of Pennsylvania, design and build electric cars to race in the Formula SAE Electric competition each year.
Putting data to work to solve pressing health issues
The first-ever Research Day at the Smilow Center for Translational Research showed how the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics links clinical epidemiology and biostatistics within the Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Health System, and Penn community.