School of Design
On June 24, David Hewitt, a biologist and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a Penn Science Cafe talk titled, “Cities aren’t like ecosystems, they are ecosystems.”
Penn Science Café series lecture and discussion, “Cities aren’t like ecosystems, they are ecosystems”
Tuesday, June 24, 6-7 p.m.
World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St.
During the past two years, David Hewitt has taught ecology to students of City & Regional Planning. This talk will be a "lessons learned" from that experience: about how and why one should understand cities as ecosystems — not as a metaphor, not as stretch of the imagination, but simply and clearly as ecosystems governed by ecological principles, just as other kinds of ecosystems are.
The talk is part of the Penn Science Café free public-lecture series presented by the School of Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes science out of the lab for a night on the town. Hewitt’s presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is limited.
In conjunction with the first White House Maker Faire being held today, the University of Pennsylvania signed a joint letter along with more than 150 other institutions, pledging support to foster a “generation of makers.” The letter details the need for young tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs to bring life to future innovations.
This fall, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools.
Robert W. Carpick
John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair
Mechanical Engineering Faculty and Students
Tour of new additive manufacturing facility
Wednesday, June 18, 12-1 p.m.
Towne Building Room 187 (gather by the CyberCafe)
This fall, thanks to an anonymous $250,000 gift, the University of Pennsylvania‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be opening the AddLab, a new additive manufacturing facility that will feature a suite of state-of-the-art 3-D printing tools. Professor Robert Carpick, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, will lead a preview of the facility; other members of the department will demonstrate 3-D printers and the kinds of objects they can make.
The event is timed to coincide with the first White House Maker Faire and national "Day of Making," a celebration of America as a nation of tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs who are using cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printers, laser cutters, desktop machine tools and free, user-friendly design software, democratizing the act of making and enabling citizens to build just about anything.
“Penn's founder Benjamin Franklin was an author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, engineer, politician and printer,” Carpick said. “While we can only imagine what he would think of today's revolution in manufacturing that is being brought about by the advent of 3-D printing, we are sure that he'd be proud to see Penn making its mark in the area.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Following the death in February of the University of Pennsylvania’s Terry Adkins, a fine arts professor in the School of Design, Matt Neff, found a way to pay tribute his former colleague in a special way.
When the winners of the 2013 Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcasting were announced late last month, Nancy Novack, a University of Pennsylvania alum and a lecturer of fine arts in the School of Design, had cause to celebrate.
A film series she edited, the PBS TV documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” won a Peabody.
Randall Mason of the School of Design is interviewed in a video about the Philadelphia Mural Arts program.
By Marjorie Ferrone
It can take what John Nappo calls “blood, sweat and tears” to materialize a dream, but this is the price he and fellow University of Pennsylvania students Sade Oba, Emre Tanirgan and Gabrielle Patterson say they willingly paid in return for a finalist position in Walt Disney Imagineering’s 23rd Imaginations competition.
Media Contact:Deborah Lang | firstname.lastname@example.org | 215-573-8386April 17, 2014
Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, Penn IUR, at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s World Urban Campaign, a global coalition of public, private and civil society partners acting to promote sustainable ur