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Understanding civic engagement

In the latest episode of Penn Today’s ‘Understand This …’ podcast series, Herman Beavers of the School of Arts & Sciences and Glenn Bryan of the Office of Government and Community Affairs discuss civic engagement—and jazz.

Brandon Baker

A pandemic year, in photos

‘Apart Together,’ a new photography exhibit at the Annenberg School, shows that despite not being physically in the same place the past 18 months, our shared experiences kept us connected.

Michele W. Berger , Julie Sloane

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Managing ADHD is hard. These coaches want to help

Lisa Joy Tutttle of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about Penn’s Adult A.D.H.D. Treatment and Research Program, which provides clients with coaching and other support. “We’re really trying to help people develop their own insights and solutions,” she said.

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USA Today

Twitter accounts tied to China lied that COVID came from Maine lobsters

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said public health disinformation from China-based social media accounts is nothing new. "Early in the pandemic, Chinese sources spread the theory that SARS CoV-2 originated at Fort Detrick and was spread to China by U.S. military," she said. "The platforms can remove it, or if they decide against doing so, can downgrade it or flag it and attach fact-checking content."

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Bloomberg

Biden tackles supply-chain crisis with few tools, clock ticking

Steve Viscelli of the School of Arts & Sciences said the U.S. supply chain is built on unpaid labor by port truckers waiting to pick up cargo from shipping containers. “The port truck driver, for decades now, has basically been the slack adjuster in the whole system,” he said.

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US News

Mandates, not recommendations, work best to get folks vaccinated: Study

PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín authored a study that found mandates are more likely to lead to vaccine uptake than suggestions. “The requirement condition works better across the board, for different racial and ethnic groups and even among people who dislike feeling and being controlled by others,” she said.

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Philadelphia Business Journal

Cell therapy pioneer Dr. Carl June to chair Chinese biotech firm's scientific advisory board

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine has agreed to serve as chairman of Bioheng Biotech Co.’s scientific advisory board. "Bioheng has made impressive progress in both universal CAR-T and enhanced CAR-T [therapies] for solid tumor, and achieved outstanding clinical results," June said. "I look forward to a faster clinical application and sooner benefit to cancer patients."

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The Wall Street Journal

An insider’s travel guide to Philadelphia—Courtesy of an ‘It’s Always Sunny’ star and other notable locals

Adam Grant of the Wharton School recommended visitors to Philadelphia check out Franklin Fountain, The Met Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens, and Joseph Fox Bookshop.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The Palestra awakens after 19-month slumber as Penn finally gears up for a new season

The Penn Quakers plan to play basketball inside the Palestra this winter, after a 19-month hiatus, and a spring semester that was mostly a three-month training camp.

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The New York Times

His first art was graffiti. Now his pottery is in the Met

Ceramicist Robert Lugo curated a show at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery, on view through Dec. 1. The exhibition features his own work and pieces from the ARG’s collection.

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Politico.com

Covid means remote workers can live anywhere. So where’s 'anywhere'?

Susan Wachter of the Wharton School spoke about how the shift to remote work may affect where employees choose to live. “Towns near amenities are the new hot spots now and for some time to come,” she said.

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Bloomberg

Jerome Powell’s swift action on Fed trading may boost his chances for a second term

Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School said Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell was remarkably quick to address an ethics scandal at the Fed. “I would hope those who oppose Jay Powell fight him vociferously on the merits,” he said. “I don’t think his trading or management to this process are disqualifying. The Fed is holding itself to a higher standard than the standard held for those critical politicians.”

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