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Deborah Thomas embeds herself in communities stricken by violence to chronicle the humanity revealed during the aftermath.

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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.

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Wired.com

Stepping into an Amazon store helps it get inside your head

The Wharton School’s Peter Fader weighed in on Amazon’s new stores, which are equipped to gather data from customers’ every move. By tracking not just what’s purchased but also what’s handled along the way, Fader says “it becomes possible to figure out what’s the bait to attract and retain and build relationships with the most valuable customers.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

‘Spectacular’ growth in teaching profession, but big changes are afoot, landmark Penn study says

The Graduate School of Education has released new research that found a rapid increase in the number of teachers nationwide. “The growth in teaching has been spectacular, and our point is, there is going to be a price,” says lead author Richard Ingersoll. “I don’t see this growth as sustainable.”

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Inside Higher Ed

7 hours a week on existential despair

In a uniquely reflective course taught by Justin McDaniel of the School of Arts and Sciences, students meet weekly to read an entire book cover to cover and then discuss. Noting the quality of the resulting discourse, McDaniel said, “it’s the best conversation I’ve ever had in a classroom.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. AG Shapiro claims win vs. Navient student loan servicer

The Graduate School of Education’s Laura Perna spoke about academics’ frustrations with predatory practices in the student loan industry. “We have this structural reliance on loan servicers,” she explained. “If they’re not doing their job, it’s a problem.”

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The New York Times

At the border town that the news cycle has left behind

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed the shifting news cycle and what gets forgotten by mainstream media. Popular stories need “compelling video and pictures and black and white story lines” in order to keep the public’s attention, he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How to connect with your teen during the college application process

Frances Jensen of the Perelman School of Medicine made several recommendations for parents supporting teenage college applicants. Due to their still-developing prefrontal cortexes, teens may need extra help breaking down important decisions and developing timelines for the application process.

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The Wall Street Journal

The FBI’s crime data: What happens when states don’t fully report

“That’s just noise,” said the School of Arts and Sciences’ Richard Berk, commenting on the insignificance of a less than 1 percent decrease in violent crime from 2016 to 2017, as reported by the FBI.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

As Harvard’s admissions face federal scrutiny, a reminder that grades aren’t everything

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for her research on success. Her work demonstrates that qualities like self-control and grit, which cannot be adequately measured by grades and test scores, are crucial for long-term achievement.

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CNBC

Dieting is out. That poses a problem for a company named Weight Watchers as it rebrands itself WW

Kevin Volpp of the Wharton School and Perelman School of Medicine offered commentary on the “universal challenge” of dieting. “People generally speaking are much more successful in achieving initial weight loss than maintaining weight loss,” he said.

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