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Erz promoted to head athletic trainer

Anthony Erz began his career at Penn in 2015 as an assistant athletic trainer and previously worked as head athletic trainer for the football and men’s lacrosse teams.

Penn Today Staff

Inside the Quaker’s head

Sophia Zehler recently earned her master’s degree from the Fels Institute of Government. The first-generation Cuban American also spent the year as Penn’s mascot, her third mascotting position in five years.

Michele W. Berger

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The New York Times

Mostly bluster: Why China went easy on Taiwan’s economy

Thomas J. Shattuck of Perry World House says that future Chinese bans may be targeted to punish Taiwanese industries in Democratic Progressive Party strongholds, but that Taiwan’s semiconductor industry would be considered too essential to China’s economy.

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WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

People’s Kitchen is latest community garden threatened by sheriff sale

Rising second-year Kenny Chiu in the College of Arts and Sciences, an intern with People’s Kitchen, says that the sheriff sale is an opportunity for developers to grab land cheaply and sit on it until the neighborhood becomes profitable enough to develop.

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The Conversation

At 75, Pakistan has moved far from the secular and democratic vision of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Farah Jan of the School of Arts & Sciences writes that ideology and religion are divisive forces in modern-day Pakistan, far from Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s dream of a secular democratic homeland with equal rights for all.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

More than two years into the pandemic, hospital care still may not save you from dying of COVID-19

Lewis J. Kaplan of the Perelman School of Medicine says that improvements in outpatient therapy have prompted some hospitals to only admit very ill COVID patients.

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Associated Press

‘We’re back, baby’: New bill boosts U.S. climate credibility

Scott Moore of the School of Arts & Sciences says that President Biden’s climate change legislation will restore some diplomatic legitimacy to the U.S. during international climate negotiations.

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The Conversation

Don’t be too quick to blame social media for America’s polarization—cable news has a bigger effect, study finds

A study from Homa Hosseinmardi of the Annenberg School for Communication suggests that television, not the web, is the top driver of partisan audience segregation among Americans.

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Inflation stalled in July as gas prices dropped

Nick Roussanov of the Wharton School suggests that inflation might be slowing down, with falling oil prices encouraging consumers to spend more freely.

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ABC News

Why is inflation so high and what happened last time it reached this level?

A study by the Penn Wharton Budget Model shows that the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will slightly raise inflation for two years but reduce inflation by the late 2020s.

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Oregon schools lean heavily on emergency teachers, including untrained ones

Research from Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education shows that nearly half of teachers nationwide quit within their first five years on the job.

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The Conversation

Do chemicals in sunscreens threaten aquatic life? A new report says a thorough assessment is ‘urgently needed,’ while also calling sunscreens essential protection against skin cancer

A report co-authored by PIK Professor Karen Glanz weighs the negative environmental effects of UV filters against their positive impact on human health.

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