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Penn Medicine’s Frances E. Jensen is a leader in studying how the brain develops and what that means for learning, behavior, and the treatment of disease at different ages. For her book on the teenage brain, she drew on the latest neuroscience findings—and the experiment going on in her own home.[...]
Risk factor: health-related websites track and share search data.[...]
Unconventional mathematician Robert Ghrist is using one of mathematics’ most abstract disciplines—algebraic topology—to solve real-world problems in robotics and sensor networks.[...]
SCAN certificate program serves non-specialists in neuroscience.[...]
Daniel Todes spent 25 years researching and writing his epochal biography of Ivan Pavlov. The result is a science historian’s answer to Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Dr. Zhivago.[...]
Who ya gonna call … to study the “sociological truth” of ghosts? [...]
Language on Twitter can predict heart-disease risk in a community.[...]
High altitude and lung cancer, Alzheimer's and antidepressants, all work and no sleep.[...]
Even in the era of Big Science, some of the greatest discoveries start with someone—Penn physics professor and Nobel contender Charles Kane, for instance—just sitting in a room and thinking.[...]
Four years after a tentative but tantalizing breakthrough against leukemia, Carl June and Bruce Levine C’84 have gone from the fringes of gene therapy to the center of a revolutionary approach to cancer treatment. [...]
Alice Goffman was a Penn undergraduate when she began doing the fieldwork for the project that became On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. It’s an important, unsettling exploration of a serious issue. Just try not to focus on her.[...]
Silfen Forum: Isaacson on The Innovators.[...]
John Maris M’89 co-leads a “Dream Team” fighting childhood cancers.[...]
Bioengineering professor Danielle Bassett wins “genius” grant.[...]
An “entry-level 3D printer” is still pretty impressive.[...]
Funny but true: study says Colbert explained Super PACs best.[...]
Tempered expectations on MOOCs.[...]
Robert Lanza C’78 M’83 has racked up a slew of scientific accolades—and generated an equal amount of controversy—for his pioneering work on cloning and stem cells. [...]
After a century of astonishing advances, essential medicines still remain beyond the reach of an estimated one-third of the world’s population. Penn Dental’s Henry Daniell could be on the cusp of changing that. [...]
Vagelos Scholar Chris Kampmeyer is helping design a safer stent.[...]