In the brain’s cerebellum, a new target for suppressing hunger

A research team led by J. Nicholas Betley in the School of Arts & Sciences has identified an entirely new way the brain signals fullness after eating. The findings offer a novel target for therapies that could dramatically curb overeating.

Supporting Philadelphia newcomers and longtime residents through Palms Solutions

A partnership with the Biology Graduate Group at Penn expands a mentor-mentee program, whose goals include exposing more K-12 students to the possibilities of higher education in STEM fields and building bridges between Penn undergraduate and graduate students and young scholars and families in the community.

Mapping words to color

Researchers led by postdoc Colin Twomey and professor Joshua Plotkin developed an algorithm that can infer the communicative needs different linguistic communities place on colors.

Interact, adapt, repeat

Sophomores Linda Wu and Nova Meng spent the summer studying coevolution among plants, mutualistic bacteria, and parasitic nematodes in Corlett Wood’s biology lab.

Evolutionary ‘arms race’ may help keep cell division honest

Research from the lab of Michael Lampson in the School of Arts & Sciences suggests that certain proteins may have evolved to reduce the likelihood of chromosomes ‘cheating’ to bias their chance of winding up in an egg during the cell-division process meiosis.