Spring 2015 Penn Science Café and Lightbulb Café Lecture Series

All events are held at: 

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
6–7 p.m. 

Since 2005, the Penn Science CafĂ© has shined a spotlight on Penn research in the sciences. The Penn Lightbulb CafĂ© debuted in 2011 to illuminate research in social science, arts and humanities. The lectures, held on Tuesday evenings at World Cafe Live Upstairs, are free and open to the public. Each hour-long talk begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by an audience Q&A session. CafĂ© goers can come early to enjoy 5-7 p.m. happy hour specials. Seating is limited. The two lecture series are presented by the School of Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications. 

Tuesday, Jan. 20 - PENN SCIENCE CAFÉ 
Johannes Eichstaedt, graduate student, Department of Psychology
Founding Research Science, World Well-Being Project
"Predicting Heart Disease With Twitter"
Social media represents an unprecedented opportunity for psychology researchers, providing a wide window into people's thoughts and feelings as they share them with the world. An interdisciplinary team has analyzed public Twitter streams, correlating them with geographic health data, showing that the emotional language that people use is a better overall predictor of heart disease than traditional metrics, such as smoking or obesity rates.   

Meredith Tamminga, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics of the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn  
"Talk Like a Philadelphian”  
Philadelphians have a unique way of speaking that extends far beyond “youse”, “jawn” and “wit wiz or without?” Drawing on 40 years of intensive research conducted at Penn on the Philadelphia accent, Professor Tamminga will play recordings of speech of typical Philadelphians, identifying the words and sounds that make “Philly speak” unique. She will cover some basic principles of how speech sounds are produced and measured, as well as discuss how and why accents develop over time.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 - PENN SCIENCE CAFÉ 
Irina Marinov, a climatologist in the Earth and Environmental Science Department 

(Details to come)