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Second lady of Ghana visits Penn

The second lady of Ghana, Hajia Samira Bawumia, spoke to an energized room in Penn Nursing’s Fagin Hall about what’s needed to forge ahead on the road to progress on the African continent as a whole and in her home country.

By Michele W. Berger

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The Conversation

Mitochondria Mutation Mystery Solved: Random Sorting Helps Get Rid of Duds

Arunas L. Radzvilavicius of the School of Arts and Sciences described a recent study that confirms his theoretical work on the cell’s selection of mitochondria during human embryo development.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Janet Yellen at Wharton: Ex-Fed Head, Let Go by Trump, Praises Her Successor

Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School interviewed Janet Yellen about her educational background and her take on the current economic state of affairs.


BBC News

Meet the Dogs Being Trained to Sniff Out Looted Ancient Treasures

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center is collaborating with Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research to train five dogs to identify stolen artifacts. (Video)



Black and Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes to Autism

A 2007 Penn study found that African-American children were “5.1 times more likely to be misdiagnosed with conduct disorders” before receiving Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses.



Vaccine Denial – 'a Big Problem' – Among Topics at Weeklong Penn Teach-In

During Monday’s Teach-In, panelists discussed the spread of anti-vaccine sentiments on social media. Joe Cappella of the Annenberg School for Communication proposed reversing misinformation campaigns by “taking advantage of unfortunate events—such as a measles outbreak—to stress the importance of vaccinations.”


The New Yorker

The Classics Scholar Redefining What Twitter Can Do

Emily Wilson of the School of Arts and Sciences utilizes Twitter to bring the study of classic texts and their translations to a broader audience.


The Wall Street Journal

The War on Straws Is Coming to a Bar Near You

The Penn Museum’s William Hafford discussed the origin of drinking straws, which are being phased out of many bars and restaurants for ecological reasons.


This International Women’s Day, 3 Things You Can Take From Behavioral Science for a More Equitable World

The School of Art and Sciences’ Cristina Bicchieri’s work on the normalization of violence against women was cited in a list of methods for ending gender inequality.


The Hill

Russia Will Keep Attacking Britain Unless Brexit Meddling Is Handled

Mitchell A. Orenstein of the School of Arts and Sciences wrote about Russia’s role in the Brexit campaign, claiming that “meddling” will continue until the United Kingdom investigates Russia’s influence and establishes political consequences.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Five Decades Later, Penn Hosts Second-Ever Teach-In

Ira Harkavy of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships spoke about his experience as a Penn student and activist in the 1969 teach-in and about his current involvement in its newest iteration. (Audio)