School of Arts & Sciences

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

July 28, 2014

Peter Struck of the School of Arts & Sciences is pictured in front of a green screen as he records a MOOC on Greek mythology.

Article Source: Atlantic
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 28, 2014

Penn’s David Hewitt Helps Philadelphia Design Parks Agile Enough to Adapt

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Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is rolling out a brand new approach to managing its green spaces and the University of Pennsylvania's David Hewitt is helping them do it.

On a Wednesday afternoon in the Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center, a group gathered around a large table covered in maps and photos.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460July 25, 2014

Penn Launches German Language MOOC With ‘Auf Deutsch’

This fall, a new University of Pennsylvania open learning course will teach elementary German online. The free course will offer students a way to learn the language while widening their circle of German speaking friends and followers via social media.

Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures,” a six-week, non-credit course will launch Oct. 6.

Anything Goes in China’s Food System

July 24, 2014

John Yasuda of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited in an editorial about China and food-safety regulations.

Article Source: New York Times

Audio: Solving Mysteries Key to Next Generation of Computers

July 22, 2014

Charles Kane of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses a concept called braiding and Majorana particles.

For Rats, a Break from Stress Isn’t Worth the Relief

July 22, 2014

Seema Bhatnagar of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about habituation to a tough situation as a coping mechanism.

Article Source: Science News
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151July 24, 2014

Penn Student Jesús Pérez’s Challenging Feat Inspires Himself and Others

After training for months and then running the equivalent of nearly six marathons in six consecutive days in the Atacama Desert in Chile, University of Pennsylvania student Jesús Pérez now feels empowered to tackle any challenge he encounters.

Climbing China’s Corruption Ladder

July 23, 2014

Hanming Fang of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for co-authoring a working paper about corruption in China’s housing sector.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

The International Team Trying to Save Syrian Antiquities

July 21, 2014

Brian Daniels of the Penn Museum talks about the Heritage Task Force training Syrians to protect artifacts.

Article Source: BBC News

Russian Media on Malaysian Flight MH17 Tragedy: Epic Fail

July 20, 2014

Kevin Platt of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the Russian media’s role in covering the Malaysian flight tragedy.

Article Source: Huffington Post