Events

Aug
16

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Meredith Tamminga Jami Fisher American Sign Language and the Philadelphia “Accent”Penn Science Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

American Sign Language in Philadelphia is anecdotally different from variations of ASL in other places, and Department of Linguistics Lecturer Jami Fisher and Assistant Professor Meredith Tamminga want to know why. Through interviews with members of the local deaf community, they’re working to answer questions like what differentiates Philly ASL and how scientists might better understand regional variation. Eventually they’d like to turn what they’ve documented of this “accent” into an online, openly available resource. For this café, the researchers will discuss the project’s progress and share some of their interviews.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe



Sep
27

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Vijay Balasubramanian Decoding Your Mental GPS: Transcendental Numbers in the BrainPenn Science Cafe World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The brain uses specialized neurons known as place and grid cells to keep track of location. The discovery of the latter earned researchers a Nobel Prize, but the way the brain encodes and decodes this information is still a mystery. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers, led by Vijay Balasubramanian, has a theory for how grid cells work together to pinpoint an organism’s location on a mental map. He’ll explain how the brain’s many overlapping grids are connected by a special ratio, organizing them into something akin to the decimal system. 

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe