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University World News

Balancing academic rights and responsibilities

Ira Harkavy of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships wrote about the challenges universities face when balancing academic advancements and social responsibilities. “Higher education institutions would better fulfill their core academic functions, including advancing knowledge, teaching and learning, if they focused on improving conditions in their societies, particularly their local communities,” he argues.


New York Daily News

Dating apps are good for relationships

Mauro Guillén of the Wharton School wrote an op-ed about how dating apps can lead to lasting, satisfactory romantic relationships. “This Valentine’s Day, whether you are a user of dating apps or not, you should consider becoming a shareholder,” he wrote.


The Washington Post

There’s no point in fighting

Daniel Hopkins of the School of Arts and Sciences said passing liberal legislation would still be difficult even if the Democrats were to take control of the U.S. Senate in the November elections. “They would be limited by their own most centrist members. Maybe they have 50 seats, but they’re only going to pass what their entire caucus votes for,” he said.


All about the groundbreaking uterus transplant that helped this couple become parents

Kathleen O’Neill and Paige Porrett of the Perelman School of Medicine were interviewed about the uterine transplant trial they led, which ultimately resulted in the second-ever birth using a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.


Philadelphia Inquirer

How does the news really make us feel? This Penn expert looks at how it changes our habits

María Celeste Wagner, a doctoral candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication, spoke about the media’s effects on the public’s feelings and sense of democracy since the 2016 presidential election.


The Economist

Brexit and Sinn Fein’s success boost talk of Irish unification

A book by Brendan O’Leary of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited in an article about the possibility of Irish reunification.


Christian Science Monitor

Hearing isn’t always believing with ‘mondegreens’

Mark Liberman of the School of Arts and Sciences explained how expectations shape our comprehension of language.


The Economist

Technology is poised to upend America’s property market

Research by Maisy Wong of the Wharton School finds that real estate brokers tend to direct buyers away from lower-commission properties in order to keep their fees high.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Fear and the coronavirus

In response to fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, Sudeep Bhatia of the School of Arts and Sciences joined a conversation about how emotions can impede rationality.


Our phones can now detect health problems from Parkinson’s to depression. Is that a good thing?

A study led by Jeremy Asch, David Asch, and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine found that patients’ health-related internet searches doubled in the week before an emergency room visit.