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2018: The Year in Review

The 2017-18 school year saw breakthrough research, innovative projects and collaboration that benefit students on campus and partners throughout the country and around the world.

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Nature

Microsoft’s Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy

Post-doc Daniel Himmelstein of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed problematic elements of GitHub’s model. “Regardless of the Microsoft acquisition, GitHub, as a centralized and closed company, possesses a dangerous level of control over the open-source ecosystem,” said Himmelstein.

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BBC

Why Do Only Some People Get Blackout Drunk?

Reagan Wetherill of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed “inherent brain vulnerabilities, and genetic vulnerabilities,” that put adolescents at risk of future alcohol abuse.

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Reuters Health

Workplace Noise in Daytime Linked to Sleep Problems at Night

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Mathias Basner weighed in on the effects of noise environments on stress levels.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

After Trump G-7 Blast, Tension Hangs Over July NATO Meeting, Efforts to Deter Russia

Perry World House Fellow Derek Chollet and the School of Arts and Sciences’ Mitchell Orenstein offered commentary on the Trump administration’s relationships with U.S. allies.

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The New York Times

AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Shows a Need to Reboot Antitrust Laws

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp expressed discomfort with setbacks to antitrust law in the wake of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner.

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The Washington Post

Forget ‘Man vs. Machine.’ When Doctors Compete with Artificial Intelligence, Patients Lose

Carrie Kovarik, Caroline Nelson, and John Barbieri of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authored an argument for collaboration, not competition, between doctors and AI technology.

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Inside Higher Ed

Gender Gap Without Gender Bias?

Dawn Teele of the School of Arts and Sciences collaborated on research measuring gender bias in academic publishing. The study found that journals focused on qualitative research had higher percentages of female authors.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

From Doctoral Study to … Digital Humanities

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Stewart Varner explained that “digital humanities” isn’t technically a field on its own. “But,” said Varner, “it is often treated as such by people who consider themselves digital humanists as well as those who adamantly do not.”

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Business Insider

Truck Drivers Fear for Their Safety on the Road — but the Vast Majority of Them Face a Much Bigger Threat

“The salaries are not high enough to justify the number of hours worked and the health, family, and social consequences of this work,” the School of Arts and Sciences’ Steve Viscelli said of the hazards professional truck drivers face.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

New Blood Test for Pregnant Women Could Predict Preterm Birth

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Michal Elovitz discussed the results from her research exploring methods for predicting preterm births. The study’s results were published in Science.

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