2022 Year in Review

We look back on some of our favorite arts and sciences stories of 2022.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The Physics of Us

Physicists are studying how living matter works, and find that it breaks the standard rules and produces fascinating new phenomena.
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Season Four of the OMNIA Podcast: In These Times: The Intricate Riddle of Life (Audio)

We explore the link between making art and making meaning, and how creativity shines a light on the way out of adversity in tough times, past and present.


When Something Clicks

How Structured, Active, In-class Learning is changing the calculus on teaching.
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1.5 Minute Climate Lectures | Climate Week at Penn 2022 (Video)

Professors and leaders from across the University unite in a series of lectures to sound the alarm and call for action.


Penn Arts & Sciences Pathways: Timethius Terrell, C’24 (Video)

Terrell, a psychology major with a joint minor in legal studies and history, pursues his aspirations of becoming a “scholar activist.” 


Three Questions: Medieval Robots

Elly R. Truitt, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, discusses the history of robots and automata in medieval Latin culture, the impulses that drove their creation, and what they share with modern robots.
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Origin Stories: Quayshawn Spencer (Video)

The Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of Philosophy on his early love of biology, his turn into the philosophy of science, and his educational journey from Nashville to Cornell to Stanford.


Disability Advocacy and the Sciences

Sarah Kane, C’23, a physics and astronomy major, explains how computational research methods—and conversation—can help make the sciences more accessible to researchers with disabilities.
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The Many Sources of the Nile

In a recent artistic collaboration, Alexis Rider, GR’22, unsettles long-standing narratives about the Nile River and its exploration.
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The Nature Connection

Rebecca Bushnell, School of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors Emerita Professor of English, discusses the tangled threads to be found in writing about the natural world.
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A Taste of the Real World (Video)

Summer internships let Vagelos Life Sciences and Management students put what they’ve learned into practice and guide them into the future.