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For Penn Undergrads, New Digital-Humanities Minor Offers Unique Perspectives on Conventional Ideas
November 10, 2017
A new Digital Humanities minor spearheaded by Stewart Varner and colleagues at the Price Lab offers courses from departments across the university, including “The Digital Lives of Books” taught by Whitney Trettien of the School of Arts and Sciences. 
What Can Twitter Reveal About People With ADHD? Penn Researchers Provide Answers
November 8, 2017
People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder tend to tweet using words like “hate” or “disappointed,” messages related to lack of focus, self-regulation, intention and failure and expressions of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, according to research from Sharath Guntuku, Lyle Ungar, J. Russell Ramsay and Raina Merchant.
Luck Plays a Role in How Language Evolves, Penn Team Finds
November 1, 2017
Read a few lines of Chaucer or Shakespeare and you’ll get a sense of how the English language has changed during the past millennium. Linguists catalogue these changes and work to discern why they happened. Meanwhile, evolutionary biologists have been doing something similar with living things, exploring how and why certain genes have changed over generations.
Seven Penn Faculty Members Elected to National Academy of Medicine
October 16, 2017
Seven University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the nation’s highest honors in biomedicine. They are among 70 new U.S. and 10 international members of the globally renowned organization.
Researchers Discover Which Brain Region Motivates Behavior Change
October 13, 2017
Have you ever been stuck in a rut, going through the same motions day in and day out? How do you motivate to change your behavior? PIK professor Michael Platt and colleagues now better understand how this happens, and it has to do with a region in the brain called the posterior cingulate cortex.
Amid Devastation of Hurricane Maria, Penn Researchers with Puerto Rico Connections Focus on Helping Colleagues
October 10, 2017
After Hurricane Maria hit, researchers with connections to Puerto Rico, like Arjun Yodh, Alain Plante and Douglas Jerolmak of the School of Arts and Sciences and PIK Professor Michael Platt, reached out to their collaborators on the island.
Penn Senior Studies Ancient Inscriptions Documenting Greek God’s Slave ‘Purchases’
September 29, 2017
If the old adage holds true to “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” University of Pennsylvania senior Claudia Kassner will enjoy a long and happy career studying ancient languages and history. She spent last summer in Greece at the archaeological site of Delphi, a major religious destination in the ancient Greek world, examining the manumission epigraphy, inscriptions that document the act of slave owners freeing their slaves.
Thrashed by Hurricane Maria, Monkey Island Tries to Rebuild, Bolstered by Support From Scientific Community
September 27, 2017
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and other international universities are working to save an invaluable scientific resource badly damaged during Hurricane Maria: a population of rhesus macaques living on a remote island, as well as the staff and facilities that support them.
One Degree, Two Schools: Undergrad Drawn to Penn and PAFA’s Coordinated Fine Arts Program
September 22, 2017
Gianna Del Rossi wants to up the game in video gameplay through her art by enriching the cacophony of sounds and spectacular visual effects that attract her and her friends to gaming. She is pursuing a four-year bachelor of fine arts degree in a unique program offered by the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The coordinated B.F.A. program dates back to the 1930s.
Russian and East European Studies Department Expands Approach to Region’s Languages and Literatures
September 22, 2017
To expand Penn's multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach to teaching and learning about the region, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences was renamed the Department of Russian and East European Studies, or REES, before the start of the 2017-18 academic year.