2015November

250 Years of America’s First Medical School: An Unexpurgated History
250 Years of America’s First Medical School: An Unexpurgated History
The ever humurous Dr. Barker gives the Henry LaBarre Jayne Lecture on the history of Penn's medical school.
A Context for the Emergence of Modern Human Cognition
A Context for the Emergence of Modern Human Cognition
Ian Tattersal gives the R.A.F. Penrose Lecture on human evolution. He examines how human cognition could have come about.
A Perfect Solar Storm
A Perfect Solar Storm
Claudio Vita-Finzi talks about solar storms. He examines how solar storms effect humans on Earth. How strong do they hae to be to, for example, knock out power grids?, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. Vol. 159, No. 4 (December 2015), pp. 415-420
Admission of New Members
Admission of New Members
Dr. Babak Ashrafi, Dr. Joanne Chory, Dr. John V. Fleming, Fleming, John V., Dr. Robert Haselkorn, and Dr. N. David Mermin are admitted to the society and sign the members' book
Admission of New Members
Admission of New Members
Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon, Dr. Martin Kern, Dr. Jill Lepore, and Dr. Jianguo Liu are admitted to the society and sign the members' book
Admission of New Members
Admission of New Members
Dr. Linda Gordon, Dr. John P. Holdren, Dr. A. J. Hudspeth, Dr. Margaret Murnane, Dr. Tim Palmer, Dr. Thomas Eugene Shenk, and Ms. Rosanna Warren are admitted to the society and sign the members' book
Asymmetry in the Archives
Asymmetry in the Archives
Jill Lepore talks about the limits of working in archives. Why are some things collected and others not?, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. Vol. 160, No. 2 (June 2016), pp. 178-182
Can the Economics of Happiness Cheer Up the Dismal Science?
Can the Economics of Happiness Cheer Up the Dismal Science?
Nobel prize winner Angus Deaton examines the economics of happiness and mobidity., Further reading: Deaton, A. The Great Escape: Health, wealth, and the origins of inequality (Princeton University Press: 2013)
Everyday Solar Storms …. and Their Everyday Impacts
Everyday Solar Storms …. and Their Everyday Impacts
Dr. Lean talks about "space weather" and how it effects us. She explains that the sun drives our environment.
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Legacies “Dis-remembered:” Re-Reading Moments of Emancipation
Legacies “Dis-remembered:” Re-Reading Moments of Emancipation
Thomas Holt examines the anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved people.
Lysenko’s Ghost: Epigenetics and Russia
Lysenko’s Ghost: Epigenetics and Russia
Loren Graham talks about the Russian geneticist, Trofim Lysenko, and the controversies surrounding epigenetics., Further reading: Graham, Loren. Lysenko's Ghost: Epigenetics and Russia (Harvard University Press : 2016)