12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Marc Meredith Matthew Levendusky Daniel Gillion Michele Margolis The Presidential Race: What Do Iowa and New Hampshire Tell Us?Knowledge by the Slice Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall

After months of campaigning, the first voting will take place at the Iowa caucus on February 1, and the first primary election in the nation will be held in New Hampshire on February 9— the day before this talk. What can these early and limited results tell us about what the electorate is thinking and what might come next? A panel of professors from the Department of Political Science will discuss this and answer questions. 

Penn Arts and Sciences' Knowledge by the Slice lunchtime series offers educational talks led by insightful faculty experts. Did we mention there's pizza? So sit back, relax—and have a slice on us.

If you can't make it to the lecture, you can watch Knowledge by the Slice live online! Visit www.sas.upenn.edu/slice/live to learn more, sign up for an email reminder, or view the lecture. You can also view past Knowledge by the Slice lectures at: www.sas.upenn.edu/slice


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

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 last year, 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.