PHILADELPHIA — El Yunque rock is a majestic, anvil-shaped promontory that has been an icon of the island of Puerto Rico since pre-Columbian times. The barren rock, standing 3,412 feet high, protrudes above primary old growth forest and is enshrouded in clouds, swept constantly by the trade winds and frequently stricken by hurricanes. The rock receives an average of three rain showers a day and more than 14 feet of rain every year. Given Puerto Rico’s warm and dynamic tropical climate, El Yunque should be covered with vegetation and eroding rapidly.
Marshall Meyer of the Wharton School comments on the unrest in China.
Applying to colleges is a hard enough task, but it was made even more difficult for Diana Gonimah when the political turmoil of Arab Spring in her home country, Egypt, briefly shut down communication with the outside world. Her high school closed for 20 days and she was barely able to call admissions officers in the U.S. to say, “Sorry, I can’t send my transcript for another month.”
PHILADELPHIA — To a room full of academics and Ph.D. students in the notoriously polluted city of Beijing, the University of Pennsylvania’s Iliana Sepúlveda presented ideas for increasing the use of energy-efficient technology that may one day help lessen the burden of fossil-fuel combustion in that city, as well as many others across the globe.
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