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Three million COVID-19 vaccinations per day would add 2 million jobs
The Penn Wharton Budget Model projects that in addition to adding 2 million jobs, the additional daily vaccines would increase real GDP by 1%. Doubling the pace of vaccination would prevent a total 2 million COVID-19 cases in 2021.
The American Institute of Architecture awarded 102 of members admission into the College of Fellows for 2021, the highest level of membership and honor within AIA. Three are Weitzman faculty members and eight are alums.
On February 17, nurses from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine shared their true, personal stories for Penn Nursing’s third annual Story Slam event. Due to the current guidelines and restrictions around the pandemic, the event was held virtually, but that did not lessen the impact or vibrancy of the storytellers and their tales, developed around the theme, “Stepping Up.”
Penn Memory Center researchers look at the future of Alzheimer’s detection
A direct-to-consumer blood test for a key Alzheimer’s biomarker may be inevitable, but Penn Program on Precision Medicine for the Brain researchers Jason Karlawish, Emily Largent, and Anna Wexler warn that receiving results from such a test comes with potential challenges. The team weigh the risks and benefits of these blood tests in an article for JAMA Neurology titled “The Future is p-Tau—Anticipating Direct-to-Consumer Alzheimer’s Disease Blood Tests.”
The Center for Soft and Living Matter will be a joint endeavor between the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, led by director Andrea J. Liu, Hepburn Professor of Physics, and associate director Douglas J. Durian, professor of physics.
Medication keeps more patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis in remission than steroids
A Phase 3 clinical trial shows that Avacopan, which targets a receptor that attracts the cells that cause inflammation, was shown to be more effective at keeping patients in remission for a year than prednisone.
How a hands-on materials science course adapted to remote instruction
The Failure Analysis of Engineering Materials course went online during the Fall 2020 semester, successfully providing real-world engineering examples, such as bridge collapses or construction crane failures, to help students understand why a given material has broken.
The ties between structural racism, voting rights, and health equity
The often non-obvious connections and entangled synergies of the U.S. voting process, health disparities, and structural racism were the subjects of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics’ first virtual seminar of 2021. Moderated by Atheendar Venkataramani, senior fellow and director of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Opportunity for Health Lab, the event featured three other top experts in the fields of political science, voting rights and health disparities: Nicole Austin-Hillery, executive director of the U.S.