School of Arts & Sciences

Audio: Are We Genetically Inclined to Be Materialistic?

December 26, 2013

Coren Apicella of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses her study of the “endowment effect.”

Audio: Are We Genetically Inclined to Be Materialistic?

December 26, 2013

Coren Apicella of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses her study of the “endowment effect.”

Scientists Grow Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ to Use as Lenses

December 24, 2013

Randall Kamien of the School of Arts and Sciences and Shu Yang and Kathleen Stebe of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are featured for growing liquid crystal “flowers” that can be used as lenses.

Article Source: Gizmag.com

How America Abandoned Its “Undeserving” Poor

December 21, 2013

An excerpt of a book by Michael Katz of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the decreased efforts to fight poverty during the Reagan presidency.

Article Source: Salon
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 6, 2014

Penn Women’s Rugby Levels the Playing Field

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For the nearly 30 undergraduate student-athletes who are members of the Penn Women’s Rugby Club, there's no room for "sugar, spice and everything nice."

So much for sugar and spice. For the nearly 30 undergraduate student-athletes who are members of the Women’s Rugby Club at the University of Pennsylvania, playing nice is not part of the approach.

Rugby, a blend of football, soccer and wrestling, requires bold athleticism and a military-like strategy. In this tough-as-nails sport, there’s no room for niceties.

“Rugby is the toughest sport out there; no doubt about it,” says Lucy Dawson, the co-president of the club and a junior majoring in cognitive neuroscience in the College.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151December 23, 2013

Penn Freshman Shines on the Soccer Field

Playing soccer brought Alec Neumann to the University of Pennsylvania, and, since arriving on campus in the fall, the freshman has relished in the game and in the ability to pursue additional interests as well.

Subtract Teachers, Add Pupils: Math of Today's Jammed Schools

December 21, 2013

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about public school population sizes.

Article Source: New York Times

93 Percent of Hospital Executives Think Obamacare Will Make Health Care Better

December 19, 2013

Ralph Muller of the Health System, Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School and Andrew Steinmetz of the School of Arts and Sciences suggest that hospital and health system executives have a better vantage point on health care reform changes than politicians and the general public.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 23, 2013

An Icy Journey Gave Penn’s Leah Davidson a Worldly Perspective

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Leah Davidson, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, plans to pursue a career in business. But she wants to do so in an environmentally conscientious manner. So when, as a high school senior, she learned of an opportunity to visit one of the most untouched habitats on Earth, she jumped at the chance.

Leah Davidson, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, plans to pursue a career in business. But she wants to do so in an environmentally conscientious manner. So when, as a high school senior, she learned of an opportunity to visit one of the most untouched habitats on Earth, she jumped at the chance.

Audio: Alien Earthworms and Urban Squirrels

December 18, 2013

Etienne Benson of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the urbanization of the gray squirrel.