• More Than Just a Game

    More Than Just a Game

    A group of students at Penn Alexander School are hacking parents’ classic warning that video games turn brains to mush. In a course developed by Yasmin Kafai, a professor of teaching, learning, and leadership at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), a group of 12 sixth to eighth graders are working not only to understand how video games work, but to actually create the games themselves.

  • A Visit to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital

    A Visit to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital

    At Ryan Veterinary Hospital, the highest levels of medical expertise are matched by deeply human compassion and a recognition of the special bond people have with their animal companions.

  • Composer Has a Lifelong Fascination with Sounds

    Composer Has a Lifelong Fascination with Sounds

    Erica Ball was just 3 years old when she begged her parents to let her play the piano. She doesn’t remember exactly what sparked her interest, but Ball says her fluency grew quickly as she progressed from playing on a tiny keyboard to a baby grand by middle school.

  • PIK Professor Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    PIK Professor Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    Drawing from the seemingly disparate fields of economics, electrical engineering, and computer science, Rakesh Vohra’s work requires the support of an institution resolutely committed to interdisciplinary research—a level of commitment he says few institutions beyond Penn have.

  • Penn Team Pilots Sweet Bites in Bangalore

    Penn Team Pilots Sweet Bites in Bangalore

    Last March, an interdisciplinary team of Penn undergraduate students beat out 11,000 applicants worldwide to be named one of six regional winners of the Hult Prize, a $1 million challenge inviting university students to create a start-up addressing global issues.