School of Arts & Sciences

College Basketball Tournaments Offer Lessons From the School of Hardwood

March 30, 2015

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is mentioned for her research on “grit.”

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 31, 2015

Penn Team Discovers New Liquid Crystal Configurations

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Water-based liquid crystals are less well understood than their oil-based counterparts. New research advances the understanding of this class of materials by confining a water-based liquid crystal in a cylinder.

Oil-based liquid crystals are ubiquitous; a deep understanding of their properties is behind the displays found in most computer monitors, televisions and smartphones. Water-based liquid crystals are less well understood, though their biocompatibility makes them a potential candidate for a variety of biological and medical applications. 

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Media Contact:Gina Bryan | bryangm@upenn.edu | 215-898-8721
Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460 March 30, 2015

Penn Lightbulb Café Presents: ‘Why There’s Opposition to Depictions of Muhammad’

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After events like the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly that routinely published caricatures of Muhammad, and on other satirists and cartoonists in Europe, many may be wondering if depictions of Muhammad are actually forbidden in Islamic scripture? From where does this aversion to pictorial representations arise? And are all Muslims similarly offended? Professor Elias’ talk explores such questions within a broader context of cultural and political conflicts.

WHO:             Jamal Elias

                      Professor, Department of Religious Studies

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 15, 2015

Penn Freshman Is Turning Bullying Bystanders Into Anti-bullying ‘Upstanders’

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As he was preparing to graduate from high school last year, Jacob Gardenswartz, a freshman from San Diego, started laying the groundwork to expand a local anti-bullying theater project he helped develop into a national program. Last semester, he received a text message from his mother bearing good news. She sent a photo of the IRS letter granting his organization impACT on Stage 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

As he was preparing to graduate from high school last year, Jacob Gardenswartz, a University of Pennsylvania freshman from San Diego, started laying the groundwork to expand a local anti-bullying theater project he helped develop into a national program.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422March 31, 2015

Penn Netter Center’s STEM Programs Promote Inclusion and Better Science

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Amir Jones, a 10th grade student at West Philadelphia’s Sayre High School, has always had an interest in science, but partnership activities coordinated by Moelis Access Science, a program operated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, helped his interests reach a whole new level.

By Julie McWilliams

Need Financial Advice? Ask the Future You

March 25, 2015

Joseph Kable of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about how discounting can affect decisions including person

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 25, 2015

Penn Senior Investigates the State of Airport Security

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As part of his honors thesis project, University of Pennsylvania senior Hillel Neumark has been investigating the history of airport security and reflecting on what can be done in the future to ensure that security measures are effective and trustworthy.

By Sarah Welsh

Ever since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, airport security has been at the forefront of national concern. The United States has since taken numerous measures to tighten security in airports, hoping to prevent similar attacks.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658March 25, 2015

President Gutmann Announces 2015 President’s Engagement Prize Winners at Penn

President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of five undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania as the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize recipients. Awarded annually to Penn students to design and undertake fully-funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate, the President’s Engagement Prizes underscore the high priority that Penn places on educating students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 24, 2015

New Penn Program Studies the Body’s Cells, One By One

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The Penn Program in Single Cell Biology is a new effort by faculty members James Eberwine and Junhyong Kim to understand biology as it happens in each individual cell.

By Sarah Welsh

Cancer starts with a single cell going haywire. What is it about that one cell that makes it different from the rest, setting it on a path of destruction? A new program at the University of Pennsylvania may help find an answer to that and many other questions.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 23, 2015

Jay Kaufman to Speak in Penn Program on Race, Science & Society Lecture

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Professor Kaufman will be the inaugural visiting scholar delivering a public lecture, on March 25, and presenting his research on the causes of racial health disparities at a workshop the next day.

WHAT:           University of Pennsylvania Program on Race, Science & Society, “How Do We Study Racial Disparities in Health and What Have We Learned?” Public Lecture