November 21, 2019‘13 Reasons Why’ and Media Effects on Suicide
In a recent study, researchers estimated that an additional 195 suicide deaths among 10- to 17-year-olds occurred in the nine months after the 2017 release of the first season of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” The study by Bridge et al. was seen as confirming fears that the series’ explicit and graphic portrayal of suicide might lead to increases in suicide.
November 21, 2019Researchers Create Better Light-Trapping Devices
A new study shows how the performance of optical resonators can be improved using topological physics, which can lead to more efficient lasers, sensors, and telecommunication devices.
November 21, 2019Q&A with Juan Castrillón, Ethnomusicology Student and Neyzen
Juan Castrillón is a fifth-year doctoral student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania whose work on mysticism has focused on Turkish Sufism, and especially on the ney. Castrillón — an accomplished neyzen (ney player) himself — will be offering a concert in the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library on December 3, where he will be accompanied by Sufi dancer Ibrahim Miari.
November 20, 2019Penn Museum’s Transformation Revealed
The Penn Museum’s beloved sphinx is front and center in the new main entrance, along with two other new galleries and a refurbished auditorium, the result of a years long transformative building renovation. The main level reopens after a historic renovation featuring the relocated sphinx and completely reimagined Africa and Mexico/Central America galleries.
November 20, 2019Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw talks ‘30 Americans’
In the latest episode of Penn Today's “Office Hours” podcast series, which explores the minds of the University’s academic talents in a more unbuttoned setting, Shaw explains the event that shaped her career, the behind-the-scenes process of curating the new “30 Americans” exhibit at the Barnes Foundation that highlights contemporary art from influential African-American artists.