Science & Technology

Defining neural ‘representation’

Neuroscientists frequently say that neural activity ‘represents’ certain phenomena, PIK Professor Konrad Kording and postdoc Ben Baker led a study that took a philosophical approach to tease out what the term means.

Marilyn Perkins

A robot made of sticks

Devin Carroll, a doctoral candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is designing a modular robot called StickBot, which may be adapted for rehabilitation use in global public health settings.

Kristina García

What beliefs shape our minds?

Jer Clifton of the Positive Psychology Center developed a framework to study primal world beliefs, our most fundamental sentiments about the world as a whole. Now, he’s ready for everyone to discover what their primal world beliefs are.

Marilyn Perkins

In the News

Inside Higher Ed

Designing assignments in the ChatGPT era

Ethan Mollick of the Wharton School is incorporating AI into his classes in response to increased student use of ChatGPT.


ANI News (India)

University of Pennsylvania pledges to bolster relations with India at "Penn India Engagement Forum"

PIK Professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Dean Erika H. James of the Wharton School, and Dean Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are quoted on the forum to support India's exceptional growth and specific health care needs.



‘Everybody is cheating’: Why this teacher has adopted an open ChatGPT policy

Ethan Mollick of the Wharton School has formally adopted an A.I. policy into his syllabus in order to teach his students to adapt to new tools while also using them responsibly.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Franklin Institute is honoring pioneers in fields from climate change to cancer research, including two with Philly roots

The Franklin Institute is honoring Nader Engheta of the School of Engineering and Applied Science for inventing new composite “metamaterials” that could be used to make ultrafast computers of the future.


Associated Press

Tackling threat of mudslides in soaked California

Douglas Jerolmack of the School of Arts & Sciences says that debris basins can be costly, becoming overwhelmed by new landslides or mudslides that have been worsened by climate change.


Smithsonian Magazine

Oceans break record for highest temperatures four years in a row

A co-authored study by Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences finds that the world’s oceans have hit their warmest temperatures on record for the fourth year in a row.


The New York Times

Don’t ban ChatGPT in schools. Teach with it

Ethan Mollick of the Wharton School says that teachers need to figure out how to adjust to tools like large language models, which aren’t going to get less capable in the next few years.



Ocean heat content hits record high, a sign of global warming

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that ocean-heat content continues to consistently set records every year, separate from surface warming factors like El Niño.


FinTech News (Switzerland)

The implications of ChatGPT and AI models on fintech and banking

Ethan Mollick of the Wharton School says that ChatGPT is a tipping point for AI, proof that the technology can be useful to a broader population.


Scientific American

Audio astronomy unlocks a universe of sound

College of Arts and Sciences fourth-year Sarah Kane discusses her use of data analysis and machine learning to circumvent her blindness in studying astronomy.