July|August 2016

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July|August 2016
Volume 114, No. 6


The New Biology

From matchbook-sized models of living human organs to the surprising alternative-energy implications of symbiotic giant clams, the work of three new faculty members represents the changing face of bioscience at Penn. By Trey Popp

Dangerous Ideas

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts exposes how the myth of biologically distinct races—forged in the era of slavery—continues to poison the present, affecting attitudes and policies on everything from child welfare to medical treatment. By Melissa Jacobs

Imagination Man

Scott Barry Kaufman has been called “the leading empirical creativity researcher of his generation.” Now he wants to use the tools he’s developed to unleash the “quiet potential” of vulnerable people—including kids like him—and help them flourish. By JoAnn Greco

Alumni Weekend 2016



From the Editor



First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD “Who I am depends on where I am”

ALUMNI VOICES Tom Hagan’s lessons

ELSEWHERE Presenting the unpresentable

EXPERT OPINION This essay could be better


Gazetteer: News & Sports

Hamilton creator to Class of 2016: “Your stories are essential”

Can techniques to measure health outcomes help community planning?

SP2 and IUR weigh in on what the 2016 election should be about

$68 million Levin Building is psych and bio’s new home

Better breast-pumping bra takes $50,000 iDesign Prize

Heard on Campus: Why the FEC doesn’t work anymore

First Bioethics Film Festival focuses on “authority and rebellion”

Computer scientists working to debug software using mathematics

Ivy champs women’s lacrosse reach NCAA quarterfinals




ART Alumni Kathy and Keith Sachs’ “art of our time” collection at PMA

POETRY Airea D. Matthews C’94 takes Yale Younger Poets prize

BOOKS Arlene Heyman M’73’s Scary Old Sex

BOOKS Pre-Biblical quest. The Lost Book of Moses




Alumni: Profiles

Alumni wrestlers teamed up for documentary, Team Foxcatcher

Jeff Coon C’92 is enjoying the musical of his life

Miles Hodges C’13 says “screw that” to being quiet in the library

: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries





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