It’s obvious that Penn students are smart, but did you know that they can be funny, dramatic and harmonic, too? University students have reached the highest echelons of science and medicine, business and politics, but they also shine bright in Hollywood and the music industry. Read more…

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) at Penn’s School of Medicine, formally known as the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center, focuses on interdisciplinary projects that are aimed at increasing the scientific knowledge of the effects of nicotine withdra Read more…

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will address the Class of 2011 at Penn’s 255th Commencement on Monday, May 16. Read more…

From originating plays such as “guards back” and “delayed pass,” to introducing scrimmage lines and the vocal “hut” signal for snapping the ball, Penn football coaches have played an integral role in the formation of America’s game. They also helped to develop shoulder and hip pads, the statistical scoreboard and dividing the game into quarters.In this edition of By The Numbers, we go over Xs and Os with Penn football coaches. Read more…

SHOAH STUDIES

On Wednesday, March 30, Engel and Samuel Kassow, a distinguished scholar of Jewish history and the Holocaust at Trinity College, discuss “Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust” in the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St. Kassow, who was born in a displaced person’s camp in Germany, and Engel will talk about how the Holocaust has, or has not, been incorporated into the writing and teaching of Jewish history.

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As one of the world’s leading research universities, Penn has a broad array of faculty conducting research in all disciplines. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) helps students at the University become involved in research by helping them narrow their search, identify resources and shape their inquiries so they can find appropriate faculty mentors and funding.In this edition of By The Numbers, we surf through CURF. Read more…

Judaism in China

Xu Xin, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and dean of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, China, discusses “Kaifeng Jewry (11thc. to 19thc.): The History of the Community, its Faith, and Practice of Judaism” for the Jewish Studies Program’s Kutchin Seminar Series. 5 p.m. at Van Pelt Library, Class of ‘55 Room, 2nd floor. Info: Email jsp-info@ccat.sas.upenn.edu.

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How fast is the universe expanding?

Since the earliest days, stargazers have looked to the sky and wondered: Where did the stars come from? Is the universe infinite? If not, where does it end? Read more…

Trappings of “Yingpan Man”

For thousands of years—more than 1,500 years before the historical Silk Road is said to have begun—people from the East and the West journeyed to the Tarim Basin desert of Central Asia. Read more…

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