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.
March 13 Penn Science Café to Explore the Life, Death and Rebirth of the Mississippi River Delta
PHILADELPHIA – At the Penn Science Café on Tuesday, March 13, Douglas Jerolmack, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his research on river patterns and what his findings mean for the future of the Mississippi Delta.
Penn adds sexual reassignment surgery coverage for employees
During Benefits Open Enrollment in April, Penn employees will have the option to choose a medical insurance plan that includes coverage for sexual reassignment surgery. Similar coverage has been available to students through the Penn Student Insurance Plan since 2010.
Penn’s Law and Brain Student Group Mines the Intersection of Neuroscience, Society and the Courts
PHILADELPHIA — Neuroscience, with its brain scans and complex molecular pathways, may seem to have little in common with the law — except perhaps a penchant for obscure Latin phrases.
Penn Engineering prof designs cars of the future
Some high-end cars already help drivers parallel park, but it might not be too long before enhanced cars—even ones that drive themselves—are available to the masses. Right now, researchers like Daniel Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are breaking new ground in designing autonomous robots and vehicles.
Penn Researcher Helps Discover and Characterize a 300-Million-Year Old Forest, Preserved Like Pompeii
PHILADELPHIA — Pompeii-like, a 300-million-year-old tropical forest was preserved in ash when a volcano erupted in what is today northern China.
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.
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.
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.