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Defining neural ‘representation’

Neuroscientists frequently say that neural activity ‘represents’ certain phenomena, PIK Professor Konrad Kording and postdoc Ben Baker led a study that took a philosophical approach to tease out what the term means.

Marilyn Perkins

Iran protests, explained

Historian Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, an expert on modern Iran and gender in the School of Arts & Sciences, discusses what sparked the protests and why they’re important.

Kristen de Groot

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Iran regime committing an act of political suicide, says exiled academic

In a video interview, Fatemeh Shams of the School of Arts & Sciences says that she believes the protests in Iran could be a turning point for the country.

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Axios

Penn researchers explore how COVID misinformation hampers child vax rates

A study by Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and colleagues finds that even parents who have received COVID vaccines might hesitate to vaccinate their children.

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U.S. News & World Report

COVID vaccine myths drive low rates of uptake among U.S. kids

A new study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center finds that misinformation about vaccine safety is responsible for the dramatic discrepancy between child and adult vaccination rates, with a quote from Dan Romer.

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ABC News

Some leading Democrats won’t debate their election-denying opponents

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that candidates who are ahead in the polls will find a reason to avoid debates and outlines the values and problems of adhering to the debate format.

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CFO Dive

Job openings plummet 10%, implying softer wage pressure

Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School says that the decline in job openings coupled with other recent labor market data is consistent with the idea that the economy is starting to tip into recession.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Misinformation drives low child COVID vaccination rates, Penn study finds

A new study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center finds that fears of COVID vaccines are influencing parents’ decisions not to vaccinate their children, featuring a quote from Dan Romer.

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STAT News

How can the latest Alzheimer’s therapy reach patients? Follow this trustworthy process

In an op-ed, Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine outlines the reliable process required to properly evaluate the effects of lecanemab, a new Alzheimer’s drug already approved by the FDA.

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The New Yorker

How Iran’s hijab protest movement became so powerful

In a Q&A, Fatemeh Shams of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the importance of Iran’s Kurdish minority in its recent uprising, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of leaderless movements.

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WPR.org

Facts come to the rescue in the age of gaslighting

The Annenberg Public Policy Center is noted for its project FactCheck.org, which strives to hold participants on all sides of the partisan divide to a constant standard of fact.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Meet Whitney Soule, leader of the team who decides whether you get into Penn

In a Q&A, Whitney Soule discusses her role as dean of admissions, answers questions about the admissions process, and tackles the biggest challenges facing Admissions at Penn today.

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