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Exhibit catalog to peer inside fantastical mind of Penn artist

“Out, Out, Phosphene Candle” is one of The Sach’s Program for Arts Innovation 23 projects that received funding this spring. A collaboration between Paul Swenback, the building manager for the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Joy Feasley, the fantastical exhibit blends art, nature, and the occult at a gallery in Wisconsin, and in a forthcoming book on the exhibit.

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Stains Alive

For Libraries fellow Erin Connelly, stains are some of the most exciting discoveries in her study of medieval manuscripts. She is part of a national team analyzing stains in medieval texts using modern multispectral imaging. An exhibition at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library displays the researchers’ discoveries.

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States should ‘take the long view’ on sin taxes, report says

The Wharton School’s Benjamin Lockwood warned that discouraging unhealthy behaviors with “sin taxes” may generate some revenue, but raising money “shouldn’t be the main rationale for the tax.”

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The Economist

Male voters are sticking with the Republican Party

Research by Diana Mutz of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication was cited in an article about the role of “status threat” in voters’ motivations.

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Times Higher Education U.K.

India’s slimmer excellence initiative an ‘intelligent’ approach

The Graduate School of Education’s Alan Ruby said that the Indian government’s decision to designate select just six universities as “Institutes of Eminence” was a sensible choice, which would allow them to concentrate available resources.

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CNN

Remains of bread baked 14,400 years ago found in Jordan

Patrick McGovern of the Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences weighed in on the significance of an ancient bread discovery, saying it offered “a whole new perspective about the possibility of bread in this time period.”

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NPR

Audio: Your dog can get a Lyme disease vaccine. Why can’t you?

On NPR’s “Stateside,” Robert Aronowitz of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed the history of Lyme disease and why getting a vaccine is no longer an option for prevention.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Audio: What makes an activist?

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed her new book, History Teaches Us to Resist, and the history of progressive resistance movements in the U.S.

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The Washington Post

FCC chairman has ‘serious concerns’ about the Sinclair-Tribune merger and could seek to block the deal

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication discussed the merger, saying that “media ownership concentration is dangerous for our democracy … Americans are still very reliant on local television news.”

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The Washington Post

Testosterone boost feeds U.S. men’s hunger for luxury products, study indicates

Researchers at the Wharton School found that men who were given doses of testosterone expressed more interest in high-status goods. However, the study authors also noted that “status signals are not universal” and that results may vary between cultures.

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WBUR Radio (Boston)

Can gentrification be a good thing?

Susan Wachter of the Wharton School and the Penn Institute for Urban Research joined other experts for a conversation about gentrification.

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The Washington Post

A hospital’s human touch: Why taking care in discharging a patient matters

The School of Nursing’s Karen Hirschman discussed the challenges families face after loved ones leave the hospital.

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