• Replicating the Sense of Touch

    Replicating the Sense of Touch

    Haptics is a field of engineering that is focused on replicating the sense of touch. Simulating the feeling of a surface could make for more immersive entertainment, more edifying educational tools, or more realistic training devices.

  • Penn Museum Helps Put An Irish Murder Mystery To Rest

    Penn Museum Helps Put An Irish Murder Mystery To Rest

    Fifty-seven Irish workers set sail for the United States in April of 1832 to work at Duffy’s Cut, a Pennsylvania Railroad construction site in Malvern, a city about 20 miles outside of Philadelphia. The workers arrived in Philadelphia in June.

  • W. E. B. Du Bois’ Profound Cultural Influence

    W. E. B. Du Bois’ Profound Cultural Influence

    During his lifetime, W. E. B. Du Bois was a sociologist, historian, author, public intellectual, and civil rights activist. Today, Du Bois is widely considered one of the most important scholars of his generation, who still influences researchers, according to Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Who is in That Quaker Suit?

    Who is in That Quaker Suit?

    Underneath that big head and well-upholstered body, five different students make the Penn Quaker come to life. Tradition insists that their identities remain secret, so in this story, they will be known as Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. White, and Mr. Blonde.

  • Teaching and Making Music in the ‘Colored Waiting Room’

    Teaching and Making Music in the ‘Colored Waiting Room’

    That others would find the title of Guthrie Ramsey Jr.’s latest CD both intriguing and repulsive doesn’t bother him. Ramsey, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at Penn, is a musician, historian and thought provocateur.