Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Mapping words to color

Researchers led by postdoc Colin Twomey and professor Joshua Plotkin developed an algorithm that can infer the communicative needs different linguistic communities place on colors.

Katherine Unger Baillie

‘The climate girl’ at Penn

In a Q&A with Xiye Bastida, the second year describes how she’s bringing climate activism to her college experience, how her Indigenous background influences her path, and why storytelling and protecting Earth go hand in hand.

Michele W. Berger



In the News


USA Today

Twitter accounts tied to China lied that COVID came from Maine lobsters

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said public health disinformation from China-based social media accounts is nothing new. "Early in the pandemic, Chinese sources spread the theory that SARS CoV-2 originated at Fort Detrick and was spread to China by U.S. military," she said. "The platforms can remove it, or if they decide against doing so, can downgrade it or flag it and attach fact-checking content."

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The New York Times

His first art was graffiti. Now his pottery is in the Met

Ceramicist Robert Lugo curated a show at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery, on view through Dec. 1. The exhibition features his own work and pieces from the ARG’s collection.

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The Atlantic

The simplest fix to America’s rent problem

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design will be assessing the results of a rental assistance pilot program in Philadelphia that will distribute cash aid rather than vouchers. “There’s been some explorations, but a true, proper evaluation is something that we’ve never really done,” he said. “Cash transfers are often more contentious.”

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Associated Press

New-York Historical Society selects new trustee chair

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, a consulting scholar to the Penn Museum, has been elected chair of the New-York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Guided mastery: The scaffolding you need to grow stronger

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the importance of imbuing young people with a sense of personal agency. “Don’t tell anyone they have complete control of their destiny. That’s not true,” she said. “And yet each of us, no matter our circumstances, has some control, particularly over our own thoughts and actions.”

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