School of Arts & Sciences

In Phila. Area, Mandela Recalled as Source of Inspiration

December 6, 2013

Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about the influence of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 6, 2013

Researchers at Penn Show Optimal Framework for Heartbeats

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There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown that this “sweet spot” depends on the stiffness of the collagen framework that the heart’s cells live within.

The heart maintains a careful balancing act; too soft and it won’t pump blood, but too hard and it will overtax itself and stop entirely. There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second.

Hagia Sophia Mosque? Turkish Leaders Call for Conversion of Istanbul Landmark, Alarming Religious Minorities

December 4, 2013

Robert Ousterhout of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “Supporting the reopening of Hagia Sophia has become the litmus test of the true believer.”

Article Source: Huffington Post

Many Nations, One Dream

December 4, 2013

Betsy Rymes of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about studying ELL students.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Crisis and Critique

December 4, 2013

Victor Mair of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted for debunking the linguistic urban legend that the Chinese word for “crisis” is written using the exact character as “opportunity.”

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

Our Memories Are Geo-Tagged

December 2, 2013

Research about geo-tagging memories from Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited.

Article Source: Atlantic Cities

The Company Ukraine Keeps

December 3, 2013

Julia Gray of the School of Arts and Sciences writes about Ukraine’s image and reputation.

Article Source: Washington Post

Want an Unconquerable Mind? Try Stoic Philosophy

December 1, 2013

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted for explaining his concept of “learned helplessness.”

Article Source: Forbes.com

7 Science-Backed Reasons Why Generosity Is Good for Your Health

December 1, 2013

Alexander Stewart of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about his collaborative research on generosity with Joshua Plotkin of SAS and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Article Source: Huffington Post

Audio: Brain Cells ‘Geotag’ Memories to Cache What Happened – and Where

November 28, 2013

Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his research on the interplay between memories of events and places.

Article Source: National Public Radio