Penn Alumni and Penn Faculty: Engaging Minds on the West Coast
February 2, 2012
, Penn's lively on-the-road lecture series, made its way to Los Angeles and San Francisco last weekend, drawing sell-out crowds of enthused Penn alumni and friends to be in the bright company of some of Penn's most outstanding faculty.
Headlining the weekend: Robert Ghrist, Barbara Mellers, Philip Tetlock, and Ezekiel Emanuel -- PIK Professors whose interdisciplinary, pathbreaking research is shining new light on subjects as far-ranging as the beauty and utility of mathematics, the ticklish science of decision-making, and controlling health care costs.
For many alumni, it was just like being back at Penn: the intellectual stimulation, the familiar faces of classmates — there was even a pop quiz. In the Q+As that followed, along with networking receptions, the chance to connect intellectually, personally, and professionally all added up to making another connection: the idea that a Penn education really does last a lifetime.
"Being with so many of our friends and alumni this weekend — especially Young Penn Alumni who were busy hashtagging the event — was absolutely energizing," said Elise Betz, Executive Director, Alumni Relations. "Alumni involvement with Penn is at an all-time high. We've seen that everywhere we go, from Shanghai and London to New York and Washington, and it's growing every year."
"It was as close to a university classroom as I could get at this point without going back to school," writes Timothy Carlsen, ENG'92, who has attended Engaging Minds in the past.
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RT @KieraReilly: We're in SF today. #engagingminds RT @PennclubLA @HostessHnbk Such a gr8 event 2day 4 @Pennalumni @BeverlyWilshire hotel!
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Learning about topology from @UofPenn professor Robert Ghrist @Pennalumni #engagingminds event, @beverlywilshire Los Angeles.
Penn Prof Barbara Mellers says a chimp predicting rain randomly has a Brier score of .5; Best is 0, worst is 2 #engagingminds
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Hosted by President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price, Engaging Minds is just one of the many new ways Penn alumni and friends are reconnecting with each other and with Penn, thanks to the University's Making History Campaign.
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