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A conversation with Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

In the latest episode of “Office Hours,” a Penn Today podcast, Professor of History of Art Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw explains the curation process behind the Barnes Foundation’s “30 Americans” exhibit.

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Quartz

Three MBA admissions heads explain why record numbers of women are going to business school

Blair Mannix of the Wharton School spoke about the business school’s supportive environment. “People on the outside of the community and culture think it’s a competitive environment, but if you speak to anyone who’s a member of it, it’s extremely collaborative,” she said.

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CNBC

The Hong Kong situation can ‘absolutely’ derail US-China talks: Prof

Mauro Guillén of the Wharton School spoke about the potential international economic effects of political unrest in Hong Kong, as well as the state of the U.S.-China trade war. “Both sides are trying to look for a way to save face … because they have escalated so much,” he said.

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Harrisburg Patriot-News

Pennsylvania moves closer to overhauling child sex crime laws after Senate passes ‘historic’ reforms

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences critiqued a proposed amendment that would extend the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to age 30. “That is not a meaningful age limit for the vast majority of adult women, and we have been working since 2005 for the child victims to get a window,” she said.

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The Washington Post

Critics say ‘junk plans’ are being pushed on ACA exchanges

Allison Hoffman of the Law School spoke about short-term health insurance plans that are less comprehensive than those approved by the Affordable Care Act and are paid for without government subsidies. “For most of the people buying on the exchanges, this would be worse than what they’ve been buying, especially because the majority of people who buy on exchanges get help with their premiums,” she said.

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The Washington Post

Algorithms were supposed to make Virginia judges fairer. What actually happened was far more complicated

Aurélie Ouss of the School of Arts and Sciences praised a study that proved that algorithms are imperfect tools when it comes to predicting crime. She said that, ultimately, the usefulness of algorithms in criminal justice comes down to implementation: “It may be a case that a different tool that’s designed differently—that judges use differently—would yield different results.”

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Graduate School of Education

What to know about lists of financially challenged colleges

Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the silence from colleges and universities experiencing institutional financial difficulties. “The problem is we’re in a period of time when higher education feels itself increasingly the victim,” he said. “The victim of both public policy but also public discourse. As an enterprise, it doesn’t know how to handle that.”

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Associated Press

Trump’s weekend hospital visit draws a skeptical reaction

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center weighed in on speculation that Donald Trump’s unscheduled weekend hospital visit was not as routine as the White House claims it was. “If this is routine, why was it not handled in a routine manner?” she asked.

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Vice

These activists are training every movement that matters

Daniel Gillion of the School of Arts and Sciences said protests inspired by Momentum’s activist methodology “are becoming very mainstream; these are not fringe events.” However, he said, if there are too many protests, the public may begin to tune out.

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The New York Times

How Narwhal the ‘unicorn’ puppy may have grown a tail on his head

Margret Casal of the School of Veterinary Medicine explained that the puppy with a tail on its face that went viral is likely the result of another embryo that didn’t fully separate in utero.

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The Washington Post

Teaching impeaching: History comes to life in school as teachers seize on this historic moment. Here’s what some are doing—and how

Advice on addressing impeachment in the classroom from Sigal Ben-Porath and Dean Pam Grossman of the Graduate School of Education was cited.

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