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Earth Day and every day, the University community is at work to make the world a little better. Here are some highlights from those efforts.
Painstaking work by Penn Museum archaeobotanist Chantel White and students has verified what the Bartrams sold and exported to Europe in the 1800s, and shed light on the family’s daily dietary habits.
The witchhazel is a species of flower that blooms in cold temperatures and lives around campus, and in abundance at the Morris Arboretum. The Arboretum’s Anthony Aiello talks the ins and outs of the strange species.
Reto Gieré of the School of Arts and Sciences and colleagues say the new mineral, isolated from a sample of igneous rock in central Madagascar, may help immobilize nuclear waste.
Coral reefs are envisioned as the seats of great biodiversity, but they may not be where all that diversity got its start. In a new study in Science, paleobiologist Lauren Sallan and colleagues reveal that the earliest fish may have diversified in shallower waters near shore.
The assistant professor in interdisciplinary studies at Penn is the first Ph.D. graduate to receive the Distinguished Service Award for Early Achievement award by her alma mater.
A conference on campus brings together The Water Center at Penn and city officials and community members across the country to find solutions for better water utilities and access.
The director of horticulture at Morris Arboretum on the beauty, unpredictability, and future for cherry tree season.
Observations from Puerto Rican river rocks, New Mexican sand grains, Italian ocean pebbles, and the lab lent Douglas Jerolmack and his team insight into a general geophysical process.
Katherine Unger Baillie
Science News Officer
Penn student Steven Jasinski found the remains of Trachemys haugrudi, an ancestor of the red-eared slider turtle, suggesting a “once greater diversity” of turtles than today.
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Lauren Sallan of the School of Arts and Sciences offered commentary on the diversification of marine life in the period following the end-Cretaceous mass extinction.
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