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Relieving water scarcity, one home at a time

Due to a rapidly depleting underground aquifer, many residents of Mexico City are left with little-to-no easily accessible clean water for hours or days at a time. This summer, members of the Penn chapter of Isla Urbana helped install rainwater harvesting and filtration systems to provide residents of the Mexican capital with clean water year-round.

Gina Vitale

Founded on an ecosystem of innovation

Penn was built on the concept of innovation. “If it’s new, novel and holds promise to change the world,” says President Amy Gutmann, “you’ll find it at Penn.”

Penn Today Staff , Amanda Mott

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Philadelphia Inquirer

In surgical recovery—or any tough task—the key is to keep moving, cardiac resident learns

Jason Han, a surgical resident in the Perelman School of Medicine, wrote about the importance of movement to post-operative recovery. When patients get some momentum, “their mindset about recovery changes. They begin to believe their recovery is within their control and they challenge themselves to participate in their recovery.”


Everyone wants to Instagram the world’s most beautiful canyon. Should they?

Anjan Chatterjee of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the tourist appeal of photogenic sites like Antelope Canyon. “There is a beauty to the space, but it is also overwhelming in the sense that you feel small and insignificant, and almost associated with some anxiety. There’s something about being forced to look upward that seems to convey both elevation and a sense of your own smallness.”


Reuters Health

Reduced work hours for trainee doctors not seen to compromise care

Krisda Chaiyachati of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on workday reforms that limited doctors in training to an 80-work week and 30-hour shifts. “I imagine it would be politically challenging to ask young physicians to routinely work, say, 100 hours a week.”



Twitter and Instagram unveil new ways to combat hate—again

Jessa Lingel of the Annenberg School for Communication said “we need humans” to help parse what is and isn’t offensive language based on context. “The tech just isn’t there yet.”


What could be next for the Affordable Care Act lawsuit

Allison Hoffman of the Law School was interviewed about an Affordable Care Act lawsuit being evaluated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. “The fact that this case is being heard seriously by the Fifth Circuit is just, sort of, implausible,” said Hoffman. “It reflects on, a little bit on who the judges are.”



Trump calls for overhaul of costly kidney dialysis program

In response to President Trump’s push to reform the kidney dialysis program, which largely relies on clinic-based treatment, Jeffrey Berns of the Perelman School of Medicine said “there is under-utilization of home dialysis and under-exposure to it.”


WBUR Radio (Boston)

Employers want to do more with less. Where does that leave expertise?

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about grit and other non-IQ competencies achieved through hard work over sustained periods of time.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Disney cast the Little Mermaid as a black woman. Why that unnerved some is the same reason others rejoiced

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas of the Graduate School of Education discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Not over the hill: ‘Design With Nature,’ Ian McHarg’s landmark book of ecological design turns 50

Bill Whitaker of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about Penn landscape architect Ian McHarg’s influence on ecological design and city planning. “He realized that people paid attention when you had scientific information and you had hard facts,” said Whitaker.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. Supreme Court will probe alleged ‘systemic failure’ in Philadelphia bail practices

In a conversation about the cash bail system, Ross Miller of the Law School cited research from the Quattrone Center which found that “pretrial detention has a crimenogenic effect: When people are held in custody prior to the resolution of a case, that can actually increase recidivism and decrease public safety.”