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Keep your eyes peeled and hands open to grab copies of the spring 2014 Synapse and Penn Appetit magazines on Locust Walk this week.

On Tuesday, Synapse held its launch party to celebrate the theme of this semester’s issue, “Mapping Your Health: The Role of the Individual in Medicine Today” with Vice President and Head of U.S. Medical Laura Bessen as the keynote speaker.

College junior Sahil Doshi, the co-editor-in-chief of Synapse, said Bessen’s visit is “one positive step in expanding the student body’s conception of health care as a field with more than just the clinical and academic aspect.” Bessen also represents medicine’s less acknowledged business components.

Doshi added that he is especially excited for students to read the magazine’s coverage of relevant issues at the moment: Adderall usage on college campuses, the anti-vaccine movement and the organ donation process.

If you missed the Synapse launch, there is still Penn Appetit’s launch on Thursday to look forward to. This semester, it’s all about pie.

“I really wanted a theme that could incorporate recipes, features on Philadelphia chefs and restaurants, personal narratives, scientific perspectives and historical accounts,” Editor-in-Chief Katelyn Behrman said. “Pie best fits the bill, and has the appeal of being both comforting and culturally entrenched.”

Behrman suggests keeping a special eye out for the interview with Kevin Sbraga from “Top Chef” and the article featuring people’s responses to what their final meal on Earth would be — Amy Gutmann included.

Penn Appetit’s launch is a ticketed event this year, complete with the company of foodies, good music, beer and pies of all shapes and sizes from different Philadelphia restaurants.

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