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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151March 16, 2015

Founders of Russian Art Collective Pussy Riot to Speak at Penn

WHO:            Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Russian conceptual artists and founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot

WHAT:          “A Conversation With Pussy Riot”

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | | 215-898-1422March 18, 2015

Penn Senior and SOCEANA Founder Finds Open Doors

University of Pennsylvania senior Tess Michaels, of Dallas, is the founder of SOCEANA, an enterprise that helps volunteers earn and donate Philas, a new form of social currency, towards causes they care about. Using social media and gamification, the motivational tool is designed to help companies and nonprofits build a community of volunteers and philanthropists.

By Julie McWilliams

University of Pennsylvania senior Tess Michaels has found herself in an enviable situation not unlike game show contestants who must pick Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3.

Video: Interview With Ian Lustick

March 13, 2015

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit and spee

When the Political Press Becomes the Polarizer

March 12, 2015

Matthew Levendusky of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for his research on partisan media.

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New Take on Game Theory Offers Clues on Why We Cooperate

March 11, 2015

Postdoctoral fellow Alexander Stewart of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about a new approach to game theory he studied with Jos

Article Source: “The Conversation”
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604March 11, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop Way of Making Light-bending ‘Raspberry-like Metamolecules’

Penn researchers have now devised a way of mass-producing metamaterials that exhibit magnetic resonance in optical frequencies.

The field of metamaterials is all about making structures that have physical properties that aren’t found in nature. Predicting what kinds of structures would have those traits is one challenge; physically fabricating them is quite another, as they often require precise arrangement of constituent materials on the smallest scales.

Ghosts on Penn’s Campus? What Do Penn Officials Have to Say?

March 10, 2015

Justin McDaniel and other members of the Penn Ghost Project share their thoughts about creating an online ghost story a

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194March 9, 2015

Penn Researchers Show How Rivers Creep and Flow to Shape Landscapes Over Time

Most models predict that rivers only transport sediment during conditions of high flow and, moreover, that only particles on the surface of the river bed move due to the force of the flowing water above. But using a custom laboratory apparatus, a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that, even when a river is calm, sediment on and beneath the river bed slowly creeps forward.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Rivers drive the evolution of Earth’s surface by eroding and depositing sediment.

But for nearly a century, geologists have puzzled over why theoretical models, which use principles of physics to predict patterns of sediment transport in rivers, have rarely matched observations from nature.

Constance Clayton Still a Philadelphia Force – in Art

March 9, 2015

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of the School of Arts & Sciences is mentioned for helping curate the “Represent: 200 Years of

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Grit: The Key Ingredient to Your Kids’ Success

March 9, 2015

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for her Ted Talk on “grit.”

Article Source: Washington Post