School of Arts & Sciences

Can Brain Games Change Behaviors Long Term?

June 7, 2015

Caryn Lerman of the Perelman School of Medicine and its Abramson Cancer Center, Leah Bernardo, also of Medicine, and Joseph Kable of the School of Arts & Sciences are highlighted for researching how Lumosity affects brain activity.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 8, 2015

Evolution Is Unpredictable and Irreversible, Penn Biologists Show

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A study by University of Pennsylvania biologists now provides evidence that, at the molecular level, evolution is both unpredictable and irreversible.

Evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould is famous for describing the evolution of humans and other conscious beings as a chance accident of history. If we could go back millions of years and “run the tape of life again,” he mused, evolution would follow a different path. 

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 8, 2015

Processing Arrested Juveniles as Adults Has Small Effect on Criminal Recidivism, Penn Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found a three to five percent reduction in the probability of criminal recidivism among a sample of juveniles arrested for felony drug offenses, some of whom were processed as adults due to their age at the time of their arrests.

How National Security Gave Birth to Bioethics

June 8, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the impact of national security on the birth of bioethics.

Article Source: TheConversation.com

The Worldwide Web

May 23, 2015

Devesh Kapur of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the Center for the Advanced Study of India’s research on ma

Article Source: Economist

How Bird Poop Nearly Brought California’s Power Grid to Its Knees

June 4, 2015

Etienne Benson of the School of Arts and Sciences examines voluminous streams of bird excrement as the possible cause of large power outages.

Article Source: Science Blog

On Ridge Avenue Progress Would Go by the Initials PHA

June 3, 2015

Karen Black of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted on the need for partnerships to better manage a transitioning city.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 3, 2015

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

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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:Rebecca Rebalsky | rebecca4@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4192
Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 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.