October 7, 2010
Did You Know… that Penn alumnus Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi, GR’63, shares this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry? Dr. Negishi, the H.C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University, is one of three scientists sharing the Nobel for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis. Negishi grew up in Japan and received his bachelor’s degree in 1958 from the University of Tokyo before coming to Penn in 1960 for his Ph.D.
Additional information is available on the Nobel Prize website, on the School of Arts & Sciences website, in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in The New York Times.
October 15, 2010
Did You Know… that Popular Science magazine has named Penn Engineering’s Katherine Kuchenbecker to its annual “Brilliant 10” list of the country’s top young scientists to watch? Kuchenbecker, the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, is the director of the Haptics Lab, an outpost of Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Lab. Her work blends innovative electromechanical design with modeling and user testing, proving that engineering can be practical and decidedly not boring.
On November 9, Alumni Education’s virtual Office Hours will feature Katherine Kuchenbecker’s research. This webinar presentation will provide a concise overview of haptic technology and then highlight some of the research projects currently underway in the Penn Haptics Lab.
To sign up for Alumni Education’s virtual office hours with Katherine Kuchenbecker: http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/education/officehours.html
To read more of the Penn Current article, view this link: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/latestnews/101210.html
Check out Touching the Virtual Frontierin The Pennsylvania Gazette July/August 2010 issue: http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0710/feature1_1.html
October 22, 2010
Did You Know… that Penn’s Kelly Writers House (KWH) is celebrating their 15th Anniversary on October 30th? Founded in 1995 by a group of students, faculty, staff and alumni, the KWH at 3805 Locust Walk serves as a place where novelists, poets, journalists, screenplay writers, humorists, food writers and others meet, work, dine and mingle. Named after alumnus Paul K. Kelly, C’62, WG’64, who donated $1 million to renovate the house, the KWH hosts dozens of public programs and projects weekly--poetry readings, film screenings, seminars, web magazines, lectures, dinners, radio broadcasts, workshops, art exhibits, and musical performances--and about 500 people visit the House each week.
“It's more than just a venue for readings and events,” says Lily Applebaum, a junior in The College. “There is a real emphasis on community-building here, anybody can come in and make the space their own.”
For more information on KWH and upcoming events, please see: http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~wh/
KWH is having a 15th Anniversary Celebration and Open House on Saturday, October 30, as part of Homecoming Weekend featuring Arts & Culture. To see details on the celebration and other Homecoming events, see the Homecoming website.
October 28, 2010
Did You Know… that members of the Penn a cappella group, Counterparts, are featured in a BBC news series gauging opinions across America about the upcoming mid-term elections using popular US television shows as the theme? Mashing pop culture and politics, the piece highlights first-time voters from the 2008 election who emulate characters from the hit television show, “Glee.” The column features the students’ reflections on the decision they made in the presidential election and their change in voting patterns in the 2010 elections. The article and accompanying video shares Counterparts’ personal stories as well as draws attention to Penn Leads the Vote, the student-led voter-awareness initiative on campus.
For the complete article and video, visit www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11619596.
For more information about Counterparts, visit www.dolphin.upenn.edu/cparts.
For more information about Penn Leads the Vote, visit foxleadership.upenn.edu/content/penn-leads-vote.