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November 2015 Issue
VIPER scholar David Lim, C’16, E’16, is looking for ways to make computers work better.Susan Ahlborn; Video by Loraine Terrell
Each year, Penn Arts and Sciences undergraduates get a chance to talk about their research at the School’s Undergraduate Research Fair during Family Weekend. We asked David Lim, C’16, E’16, a student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), about his work with Professor of Chemistry and VIPER Co-Faculty Director Andrew Rappe.
Three Penn Arts and Sciences professors share their thoughts.Blake Cole and Susan Ahlborn
According to the BBC, more than 500,000 migrants have made their way across the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggle to cope with the influx and creating division in the European Union over the best way to resettle people.
Ph.D. student Liz Lastra’s website lets you virtually visit historic churches in Spain.Susan Ahlborn
If you’ve ever wanted to visit the many medieval churches in Spain, Liz Lastra’s website, RomanesqueSpain, lets you zoom in until you can see the toes of the carved saints. The digital images are Gigapans, created using photographs—sometimes hundreds—that are stitched together by computer into what are essentially very high-resolution pictures.
Penn physics demonstration videos inspire classroom curiosity.Blake Cole
Physics concepts come to life in a new series of videos released by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Penn Online Learning. The collection covers a range of topics and includes both narrated and silent versions so teachers both inside and outside Penn can use them as an educational tool.
Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, examines African independence movements.Abigail Meisel
The difference between having a passing familiarity with front-page news and truly comprehending world events comes down to a single word: context.
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