Science & Technology

An evolving animal health emergency

More than 52 million birds in the U.S. have been affected by an outbreak of avian influenza. Researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine are supporting Pennsylvania’s diagnostic work and launching new investigations to better understand the virus.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Stable, faster computer memory storage

Researchers in the School of Arts & Sciences offer a new explanation for how certain materials can be grown on silicon and offer stable information storage at the nanometer scale for smaller, faster, more multifunctional processors.

Nathi Magubane , Nathi Magubane

Recreating the adrenal gland in a petri dish

A School of Veterinary Medicine–led team coaxed stem cells to take on the characteristics and functions of a human adrenal gland, progress that could lead to new therapies for adrenal insufficiencies and a deeper understanding of the genetics of such disorders.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Novel ‘tunneling’ design for energy-efficient chips

Experts have been experimenting with field-effect transistor technology (FET) for decades, but have been hindered by insurmountable tradeoffs in power and performance. Penn engineers have redesigned FETs with energy efficiency in mind.



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

From the U.N. climate conference, advice for Philly as it adapts to global warming

A delegation of Penn students, researchers, and faculty who attended the COP27 climate conference offer their ideas for how Philadelphia officials can work to make the goals of the Paris Agreement a reality.

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Politico.com

Soup slinging doesn't aid climate activism

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that non-violent direct actions are an important way to impact public opinion but notes that activists need to consider contemporary snapshot/soundbite culture.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Facing climate change: action and optimism

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences appears on “Radio Times” to share his climate optimism while reiterating the need for urgent action.

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PBS NewsHour

Will the Amazon rainforest’s chances improve with Brazil’s new leader?

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the importance of the Amazon rain forest and its potential preservation under Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

These Philly award-winners tackle problems from inside the brain to outer space

Nancy Bonini of the School of Arts & Sciences is lauded for her work studying Parkinson’s and other brain diseases by probing fruit fly genes.

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WDET (Detroit)

New book discusses different types of curiosity and how to encourage it

Dani Bassett of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses their new book on curiosity and intellectual humility, “Curious Minds,” co-authored with twin Perry Zurn.

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Los Angeles Times

Is there still time for COP27 to hold back climate catastrophe?

In a cowritten Op-Ed, Michael E. Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the most urgent climate change goals that must be addressed at COP27.

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Associated Press

Climate questions: Does what I do matter?

Michael E. Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that individual citizens should minimize their carbon footprints but that true change can only be enacted at the systemic level with pressure on policymakers.

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Inside Climate News

In court, the Maryland Public Service Commission quotes climate deniers and claims there’s no such thing as ‘clean’ energy

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that climate change deniers are shifting towards the promotion of false solutions like natural gas as outright denial becomes untenable.

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Technical.ly Philly

‘Never stop talking’ to your target customer: Five Pennovation founders give startup advice

At a showcase hosted by the Penn Center for Innovation, five startup leaders with ties to Pennovation discuss their advancements, challenges, and advice for other early entrepreneurs.

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