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Meet the ‘original typical Penn student’

“Rush: Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father,” by creative writing lecturer Stephen Fried, explores the life of Benjamin Rush, who had many ties to the University and is an oft-overlooked figurehead of the American Revolution.

Brandon Baker

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.


The New Yorker

The mystery of the Havana Syndrome

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Douglas Smith offered commentary on the concussion-like symptoms experienced by American diplomats in Havana in the winter of 2017. While some have suggested that their symptoms were psychosomatic, Smith said that “there was not one individual on the team [at Penn] who was not convinced that this was a real thing.”


Miami Herald

How vinegar, smartphones and factory clinics are tackling cervical cancer in Haiti

Lawrence Shulman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about women’s lack of access to cancer treatment in Haiti. “Not having radiation will lead to some patients dying who might have survived,” said Shulman.


Smithsonian Magazine

Astronomers discover second-closest know exoplanet

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Cullen Blake weighed in on the identification of an earth-like exoplanet called Barnard’s Star b. Blake said that while the data used to locate it may be muddied by nearby stellar activity, the exoplanet has been observed enough times to be a strong planetary candidate.


Bloomberg News

Californians expected to rebuild burnt homes despite continued fire risk

Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton School described the short- and long-term challenges homeowners face after experiencing natural disasters. “Recovery is so much longer and slower than people appreciate at the outset,” she said. “It’ll go out of the headlines, but they’ll still be struggling with this.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philly’s Amazon HQ2 loss could be a long-term win for city, experts say

The Wharton School’s Robert Inman said of cities’ efforts to court Amazon’s new HQ, “In most instances, it’s a zero-sum game. You’ll end up lowering benefits or raising taxes elsewhere in the city to subsidize the relocator with probably little impact on jobs.”



States may now broaden mental health treatment under Medicaid

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Aaron Glickman reacted to news that Medicaid may overturn a decades-old exclusion on coverage for short-term mental health inpatient treatment. The move, he said, is just one part of a longer “battle over mental health parity in the United States.”


Christian Science Monitor

Grab your moral compass: ‘The Good Place’ takes philosophy mainstream

Errol Lord of the School of Arts and Sciences offered commentary on the Emmy-nominated series “The Good Place,” which regularly grapples with ethical issues. “I don’t think there has ever been a network sitcom that talks about philosophers in this way,” said Lord.


CBS News

Eating more fish or taking omega-3 fish oil supplements can cut heart attack risk, studies find

To lower one’s risk of heart disease, the Perelman School of Medicine’s Helene Glassberg recommended eating more fish over taking fish oil supplements. “Get it in your diet if you can, from omega-3 fatty fish like salmon or sardines,” said Glassberg. “This is the best way to get it and not spend $30 on a bottle of supplements at a health food store.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Rate of births to white single moms accelerates, as low-income women wrest ‘beauty’ from hard lives

The Graduate School of Education’s Rebecca Maynard said that middle- and upper-class women are taught that having kids before marriage can derail one’s college and career, which explains why higher-income women use contraception more consistently than lower-income women.