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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194June 3, 2015

Penn Historian Discusses the Threat Birds Posed to the Power Grid in 1920s California

In a new paper in the journal Environmental Humanities, the University of Pennsylvania’s Etienne Benson examines the suspected cause of the problems to the power grid in Southern California in the 1920s: voluminous streams of bird excrement.

In 1913 in Southern California, two 241-mile-long electric lines began carrying power from hydroelectric dams in the Sierra Nevada to customers in Los Angeles—a massive feat of infrastructure. In 1923, power company Southern California Edison upgraded the line to carry 220,000 volts, among the highest voltage lines in the world at the time.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | | 215-898-1422June 2, 2015

Mellon Foundation Awards $2 Million to Support Digital Humanities at Penn

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded the University of Pennsylvania a $2 million grant to support University initiatives in the digital humanities in both Penn Arts and Sciences and Penn Libraries.

Video: A Little Push

May 27, 2015

Penn research about creating liquid-crystal-based compound lenses from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured.

The Morality of Robotic War

May 26, 2015

Michael Horowitz of the School of Arts & Sciences co-authors an op-ed which argues that “weapons with greater autonomy could mean more accuracy and fewer civilian casualties.”

Article Source: New York Times

India's Prime Minister Is Failing to Reform Higher Education, Say Academics

May 26, 2015

Devesh Kapur of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited.

Seven Steps to Make Sense of Your 20s

May 25, 2015

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences quotes the actor Will Smith as an example of what it means to hav

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Video: ISIS Sells Relics on Black Market to Fund Attacks

May 21, 2015

Katharyn Hanson of the Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center talks about ISIS’ threat to the ancient city of Palmyra a

Article Source: CNN

What You Didn’t Know About that Mad Men Encounter Group

May 21, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the characteristi

Article Source: Psychology Today

Survey: Aging America Comes With Greater Sense of Duty by Children

May 21, 2015

Frank Furstenberg of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “The family is very actively involved in supporting both t

Article Source: USA Today

Video: Palmyra Historic City ‘Taken by Islamic State Fighters’

May 20, 2015

Katharyn Hanson of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center talks about ISIS taking over the ancient site of Palmyra.

Article Source: Channel 4 News (U.K.)