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Embracing digital dentistry

The School of Dental Medicine is enhancing and integrating its digital capabilities, opening up new possibilities for training students, conducting research, and delivering seamless and cutting-edge patient care.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Leading Penn’s faith effort in a pandemic: The soft-spoken chaplain with a big presence

Charles L. “Chaz” Howard, University chaplain and vice president for social equity and community, was profiled for his impactful role in the Penn community, from consoling students and their families to advising campus leaders.

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BBC

COVID vaccines: An opportunity for science?

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. “It looks like right now about half of adults, in the U.S. at least, say they are likely to get the vaccine—this moves around a bit—but another 20-30% either say they’re maybe unlikely or might want to wait,” she says.

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The New York Times

A Thanksgiving myth debunked: People aren’t fighting about politics

Matthew Levendusky of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about how communication can bridge the divide between polarized political positions. In his 2016 study on the matter, Levendusky’s team “asked people where their position was, and where they thought the average Republican and Democratic positions were,” he said. “Basically, they thought the parties were twice as far apart as they are in reality, on a wide variety of issues.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Wharton 2020 MBAs earned an average of $150,000 salaries after graduation

Recently released statistics show that Wharton School alumni earn a median annual salary of $150,000 each.

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The New York Times

Ad council’s challenge: Persuade skeptics to believe in COVID vaccines

Research conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Kathleen Hall Jamieson and postdocs Dominik Stecula and Ozan Kuru found that “a relatively high number of individuals are at least somewhat misinformed about vaccines,” due in part to exposure to anti-vaccine content on social media.

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Nature

Can dogs smell COVID? Here’s what the science says

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about training dogs to identify COVID-19 infections by scent. “The dogs can do it. The challenge is the ignorance that we have as humans as to what can confuse the dogs,” she says.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

May graduate Mackenzie Fierceton has been named a Rhodes Scholar, which will allow her to study at Oxford University in England.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Thanksgiving 1918 took place during a deadly pandemic. What can it teach us for Thanksgiving 2020?

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the parallels between the flu pandemic of 1918 and the present pandemic. “It’s pretty clear [the Spanish flu] wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did or been as deadly if people had been keeping to themselves,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

These activities will make you feel closer to fam during a virtual Thanksgiving

Charles L. “Chaz” Howard, vice president for social equity and community, offered advice for connecting with family this Thanksgiving. “In a year that we have lost so much, we should try to express gratitude at the very least for being alive and together, no matter how far apart we are,” he said.

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The New York Times

At Wharton, a new leader confronts the culture wars

Erika James of the Wharton School was interviewed about her path to academia and the state of diversity and inclusion in business education.

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