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Pairing science with ethics to save lives

Penn President Amy Gutmann and Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor Jonathan Moreno discussed their new book “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven But Nobody Wants to Die” at a Free Library of Philadelphia book talk Monday.

Lauren Hertzler

Dissecting the Green New Deal

During what’s likely the largest climate event ever held at Penn, leaders in a range of fields discussed the practicalities and implications of the resolution introduced into Congress in February aimed at stemming climate change.

Michele W. Berger

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US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates, here’s what that means for you

Krista Schwarz of the Wharton School said the last time the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates was in July. Since then, “the 30-year fixed rate has come down about .2%,” she said.

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The Hill

R&D, not Greenland, can solve our rare earth problem

Research into rare earth metals by Eric Schelter, Patrick Carroll, Ph.D. student Justin Bogart, and alumnus Connor Lippincott of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited.

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Smithsonian Magazine

Women scientists were written out of history. It’s Margaret Rossiter’s lifelong mission to fix that

M. Susan Lindee of the School of Arts and Sciences praised academic Margaret Rossiter’s research on women’s contributions to science. “We have to look at her past work carefully,” said Lindee, “and re-examine all those brilliant strategies that women used to contest institutional power, which was oriented around preventing them from succeeding.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Democrats need to take a page from Republican playbook on the Supreme Court

Kermit Roosevelt III of the Law School co-authored an op-ed proposing that Democrats should “start focusing on the essential role federal judges play in our form of government.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Learn how blockchain works at cryptocurrency mining exhibit in University City

Doctoral candidate Zane Cooper and Kyle Cassidy of the Annenberg School for Communication collaborated on a multimedia exhibit exploring cryptocurrency mining in Iceland.

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The Washington Post

Twitter got somewhat more civil when tweets doubled in length. Here’s how we know

Yphtach Lelkes and Ph.D. student Alvin Zhou of the Annenberg School for Communication co-authored an analysis of Twitter’s decision to double its character limit on Tweets. “We found that doubling the permissible length of a tweet led to users posting less uncivil, more polite and more constructive replies to politicians,” they wrote.

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The New York Times

Personality tests are the astrology of the office

Adam Grant of the Wharton School weighed in on the lack of evidence behind personality tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Myers-Briggs and analogs create “the illusion of expertise about psychology,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How reading a good book can make you a better person

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences wrote about the human capacity for empathy. “True, human beings tend to be egocentric, experiencing and reacting to the here-and-now of our lives,” she wrote. “But also true, and out of all species perhaps uniquely so, we’re capable of mentally untethering ourselves from our own narrative and imagining what it is like to walk a path entirely different than our own.”

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Inside Higher Ed

An open letter to college-bound students and their parents

Dean Eric Furda of Admissions co-signed an open letter to students going through the college-admissions process. “If your work on an application finds you wondering where to turn for help, support or reassurance, contact us,” the letter reads. “Helping you is not our job; it is our privilege.”

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The Washington Post

Collection of premier proverb scholar opens at UVM

Dan Ben-Amos of the School of Arts and Sciences said Wolfgang Mieder of the University of Vermont is “one of the greatest proverb scholars of all times and the greatest of our generation.”

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