School of Arts & Sciences

Mr. Energy

During two decades at Penn, Mark Alan Hughes has made the University a leader in the field of energy policy—and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Michele W. Berger , Lindsey Samahon

In the News


Lalo Alcaraz, a cultural consultant for the Oscar-winning ‘Coco,’ helps Disney and Nickelodeon avoid lazy stereotypes

Américo Mendoza-Mori of the School of Arts and Sciences consulted for Paramount Pictures on the script for “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.”


NBC News

Laser-scanning tech uncovers huge network of ancient Mayan farms

Emily Hammer of the School of Arts and Sciences commented on research that used lasers to unveil a network of ancient Mayan farms. “This important study and others like it are demonstrating that large-scale ancient modification of land surfaces in tropical zones across the world likely contributed to the early beginnings of a period in which humans became a significant transformative force in the Earth system,” she said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Penn honors celebrated avant-garde composer George Crumb with concert series

Composer and former faculty member George Crumb’s 90th birthday was celebrated with a concert series at the Annenberg Center.


NBC News

Our solar system’s mysterious ‘Planet 9’ may actually be a tiny, ancient black hole

Bhuvnesh Jain of the School of Arts and Sciences commented on a new theory that Planet 9 may actually be a tiny, primordial black hole: “From a theoretical standpoint, it’s exciting even if its plausibility right now is early to judge.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Taking off the blinders to our social blunders

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences wrote about how easy it is to “act like a jerk and not realize it” when committing social blunders.