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On book bans and free speech

Sigal Ben-Porath of the Graduate School of Education says book bans and challenges affect free speech and expression, especially for young people, and that institutions of higher education are important for developing tools based on evidence for assessment.

Louisa Shepard

Combating urban heat

Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, rising junior Sarah Sterinbach has spent the summer learning about the policies Philadelphia has used to protect its citizens from extreme heat and how those efforts might improve in the future.

Luis Melecio-Zambrano

How to improve accessibility and digital inclusion

Tonya Bennett discusses a recent accessibility awareness panel discussion where higher education leaders focused on physical and digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people worldwide with disabilities and impairments.

Dee Patel

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Opinion: President Biden—let’s get Philadelphia moving already

Ph.D. candidate Jay Arzu of the Weitzman School of Design pens an op-ed calling for the Biden administration to fund the completion of the 110-year-delayed Roosevelt Boulevard Subway.

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Associated Press

‘We’re triaging’: Cops combat violent crime as ranks dwindle

Ben Struhl of the School of Arts & Sciences says that violent crime is rising for reasons separate from social justice protests.

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Grid

How monkeypox myths mimic lies about COVID and AIDS

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that the human impulse to scapegoat is both predictable and dangerous.

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The Washington Post

Inflation is helping gig companies like Uber—and hurting their workers

Lindsey Cameron of the Wharton School explains how gig jobs are balanced to favor the companies rather than the workers themselves.

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NPR

Republicans have long feuded with the mainstream media. Now many are shutting them out

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says that there’s a difference between temporarily avoiding media coverage and planning a strategy that broadly delegitimizes media outlets.

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WHYY-Radio (Philadelphia)

Delaware Valley experts, residents call ‘forever chemical’ health screening recommendations a ‘bold step’ 

Mary Regina Boland of the Perelman School of Medicine says patients could lower their environmental health risks by discovering the source of their exposure to toxic chemicals.

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Seattle Times

Amazon is becoming a health care company. What does that mean for you?

Louiza Kalokairinou of the Perelman School of Medicine raises concerns about data-amassing companies like Amazon gaining access to sensitive health information and insurance records.

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Forbes

College admission: This is not a race

Admissions Dean Whitney Soule explains the reasoning behind a new short-answer prompt for Penn applicants that emphasizes gratitude for others.

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WBUR Radio (Boston)

What makes the world’s first bar joke funny? No one knows

Phillip Jones of the Penn Museum explains the history behind a Penn Museum collection of Sumerian tablets, including the world’s first documented bar joke.

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WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia bidding for new federal research agency headquarters

Dawn Bonnell of the Provost’s Office says that Philadelphia business leaders are applying for a new program from the National Science Foundation to establish regional research hubs.

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