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Making history at LDI: An interview with Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is the first female and first physician-economist executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and a professor of both medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and health care management at the Wharton School.

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Time

‘They’re chipping away.’ Inside the grassroots effort to fight mandatory vaccines

In an article about anti-vax organizing, Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine said, “Vaccines are a victim of their own success.” Offit continued, “people have forgotten how sick measles can make you and how dead measles can make you.”

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The Atlantic

America’s job listings have gone off the deep end

Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School said modern job listings use language that perpetuates the idea that only obsessively devoted employees are of value, potentially scaring off well-suited applicants.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Democracy and truth

Sophia Rosenfeld of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about her book, Democracy and Truth, and the democratic “argument about what is true” in an episode of “Radio Times.”

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Nature

Whole-body PET scanner produces 3D images in seconds

Abass Alavi of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a new version of a PET scanner that can generate 3D renderings of the entire human body in just seconds, a fraction of the time required by older iterations. “The whole-body machine is another quantum jump in medical imaging,” said Alavi.

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Associated Press

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences urged U.S. Catholic bishops to require that suspicions of sexual abuse be reported to police. The new third-party hotline proposed by the church does not explicitly require interaction with law enforcement.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How do you move a 13-ton Egyptian sphinx? Penn Museum hopes to try it today

Today, Penn Museum is moving its 13-ton sphinx from the Lower Egyptian Gallery to the main entrance lobby. Jennifer Wegner of the Penn Museum said, “I’m probably a little less concerned than [project manager Bob Thurlow] is. I look at the past travels of the sphinx—it made it from Memphis, Egypt, all the way here 100 years ago without incident.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Like ‘Back to the Future’: Penn Museum floats its ancient sphinx to a new home

Jennifer Wegner and Julian Siggers of the Penn Museum commented on the sphinx’s relocation. “You’ll have one of the most significant archaeological objects in America greeting you as you come in the doors of the new Penn Museum,” said Siggers.

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Today

Meet the NFL player teaching a money class to college students

Wharton alumnus and New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland, who lectured in the School of Arts and Sciences as part of a class on personal finance co-taught with Brian Peterson this spring, is featured. “My goal for this is to make this accessible to everyone,” he said.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

How to keep teen drivers’ eyes on the road, and their fingers off the keyboard

Kate McDonald of the School of Nursing discussed efforts to reduce teen car crashes, including in-school training. “What we’ve seen to be successful in getting people to use seat belts, or reducing cigarette use, we want to be able to shift that over to reducing distracted driving and changing the social norms around what’s acceptable and what’s not,” she said.

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Bloomberg

Upgrade your memory with a surgically implanted chip

Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed his contributions to the development of an implantable prosthetic memory aid. “Just like meteorologists predict the weather by putting sensors in the environment that measure humidity and wind speed and temperature, we put sensors in the brain and measure electrical signals,” Kahana said. If it doesn’t detect enough brain activity, the device then provides a small zap to trigger memory formation.

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