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Jan|Feb 2016
Volume 114, No. 3


FEATURES

The Shapes of Things to Come

Haresh Lalvani Gr’81 believes there’s a universal code for form—a “morphological genome” that determines the shape of built structures, similar to the way that DNA shapes living things. And he’s well into the process of decoding it. By Samuel Hughes

Our Labs, Our Health?

In Risky Medicine, History and Sociology of Science Professor Robert Aronowitz argues that today’s fixation on diagnosing and managing risk factors rather than treating diseases leads to anxiety and stress, over-diagnosis of conditions and overuse of drugs, and radical treatments that are unnecessary or harmful. By Kevin Hartnett

Walking On a Wire

One hundred years after a Penn professor was famously fired for his political views, a campus symposium on academic freedom wrestled with a familiar question:
Are universities still homes of free speech and inquiry? By Samuel Hughes

Homecoming 2015

Our annual photo essay. By Tommy Leonardi C’89
Plus: Alumni Award of Merit winners and citations


DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

From College Hall

Letters

 

First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD A line of smoke

ALUMNI VOICES “We did do some good”

ELSEWHERE Getting to November 26, 1944

EXPERT OPINION Fellow wanderers

 

Gazetteer: News & Sports

“Everything he did was trying to help other people”

$10 million Schattner gift will renovate main dental clinic

Centuries of scandal: sex abuse and the Church

Learning lab on the river

Needed? A new college-application portal

Heard on Campus: Tipping point

Findings

Rhodes Scholars Adebisi Ogunrinde and Jenna Hebert

Bringing together first-generation college students at Penn

President’s Innovation Prize to award $100,000

Football shares Ivy League crown; cross country competes nationally

Scoreboard

 

Arts

MUSIC Yearlong celebration of Zydeco at WXPN

INTERVIEW Lisa Green C’82’s legal guide for women, On Your Case

ART James Mundie CGS’97 documents “interesting people” in Exhibitionists

ARTS CALENDAR

 

Alumni: Profiles

Chris George C’77 is helping settle Syrian refugees in the US

Stephanie Tramdack Cash WG’78 left her desk for an oyster farm

Nyles Lannon C’95 makes a living in music

 

: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries

 

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