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The Washington Post

When philanthropy’s power couple splits, Melinda French Gates’s influence could grow

Peter Frumkin of the School of Social Policy & Practice weighed in on the future of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “It is very hard to change directions quickly when you have a huge institution with multiyear commitments outstanding around the world,” he said.



Don’t buy into Facebook’s ad-tracking pressure on iOS 14.5

Ron Berman of the Wharton School spoke about how a new Apple feature that allows users to block apps from tracking their online activities might affect Facebook’s revenues. “There are some types of ads, mostly retargeting, that will be harder to display, since now Facebook wouldn’t know who visited an app, put an item in the shopping cart, etc.,” he said.



A return to the office is a great chance to make a fresh start

Excerpts from “How to Change: The Science of Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” by Katy Milkman of the Wharton School address how workers and bosses can adopt better habits upon returning to the office.


The Wall Street Journal

Should young adults stretch financially to buy a home?

Susan Wachter of the Wharton School said that young potential home buyers should resist the temptation to stretch their finances to take advantage of low interest rates. “Stretching to borrow can seem like the right thing to do, to take advantage of low rates, especially when young buyers think about all the years they have to both pay down the mortgage and to increase their earnings,” she said. “But buyer’s remorse can take over if and when housing prices plummet, especially if this occurs along with a recession.”



Study: Conservative media drove belief of COVID-19 conspiracies

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about research she co-authored with Dan Romer, which explored the links between beliefs in COVID-19 conspiracy theories and reliance on conservative and social media outlets for information.


Inside Higher Ed

The fight for diverse, inclusive, antiracist, and just democracies

Ira Harkavy and Rita Hodges of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships and others co-wrote an op-ed about higher education and systemic oppression. “Just as many colleges and universities are reckoning with their own institutional histories of exclusion, higher education as a field must recognize where it has failed and come up short. Only then can it come honestly to tables with communities, governments, and citizens to build inclusive, antiracist democracies together,” they wrote.


The New York Times

They are their own monuments

Paul Farber of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about Monument Lab’s collaboration with the Village of Arts and Humanities. The organizations developed and installed art exhibitions celebrating influential community members in Philadelphia public parks.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Regional Roundup – 05/03/21

Fatemeh Shams of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about her new book, “A Revolution in Rhyme,” which explores the role of poetry in modern-day Iran.


The Washington Post

Anxious about post-vaccine travels? You’re not alone, according to mental health pros

Lily Brown of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about travel-related anxiety among vaccinated people resuming normal activities. “If this anxiety or shame is telling you to hide or to avoid people, practice slowly doing the opposite of that,” she advised. “The negative emotion will correct itself. But you do need to give yourself enough time to practice.”



What’s next for Chicago’s flagship newspaper

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication weighed in on the future of the Chicago Tribune.