Engaging Globally

Obama’s Big Egypt Test: Sinai

January 7, 2013

Graduate student Eric Trager of the School of Arts and Sciences pens an op-ed as part of a series of policy proposals titled, “Obama and the Middle East: Act Two.”

Article Source: The Atlantic

The Fear of the Foreign

December 12, 2012

Devesh Kapur of the School of Arts and Sciences writes about India’s lack of trust in its own institutions.

Article Source: Business Standard

US Colleges Pluck Britons as Fees Bite

December 16, 2012

Dean Eric J. Furda of Admissions comments on the rise in British applications to Penn.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 14, 2012

Penn Metamaterials Experts Show a Way to Reduce Electrons’ Effective Mass to Nearly Zero

PHILADELPHIA — The field of metamaterials involves augmenting materials with specially designed patterns, enabling those materials to manipulate electromagnetic waves and fields in previously impossible ways. Now, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have come up with a theory for moving this phenomenon onto the quantum scale, laying out blueprints for materials where electrons have nearly zero effective mass.

Such materials could make for faster circuits with novel properties.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 13, 2012

Penn’s Robert Ghrist Will Teach Calculus Online to Tens of Thousands

PHILADELPHIA — Learning calculus is no easy feat. But beginning next month, the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert Ghrist will use a new, visually stimulating approach to engage tens of thousands of students in the task with a massive open online course, or MOOC, offered through Coursera’s online platform.

Free Verses

December 10, 2012

Al Filreis of the

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Our Language in Your Hands

December 3, 2012

Ph.D. student Miranda Weinberg from the Graduate School of Education is interviewed about language and education in Nepal.

Article Source: BBC

Coursera Revolutionizes Education

December 10, 2012

Al Filreis of the Kelly Writers House is interviewed about offering his poetry classes via Coursera, a free online learning platform consisting of 33 top U.S. universities, including Penn.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 6, 2012

Donors Can Make a Bigger Difference With Holiday-Giving Tips From Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy

PHILADELPHIA — The holiday season sparks the spirit of giving and to help donors who are looking to make a difference for others through charitable contributions, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released a free, online toolkit outlining the most effective opportunities.

A Wife Accused of War Crimes: The Unprecedented Case of Simone Gbagbo

December 3, 2012

William Burke-White of the Law School writes about former first lady of Cote d’Ivoire as the first woman to be indicted by the International Criminal Court.

Article Source: The Atlantic