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The beauty of the two-wheeled commute

On Bike to Work Day, Penn will fete two-wheeled commuters with snacks, showers, and swag. For many at the University, commuting by bike is a way of life. Five Penn staff and faculty share how they make it work and why they keep riding.

Katherine Unger Baillie

A sense of place on shifting shores

Roderick Coover, whose work merges cinema, science, and history, is the 2019 Mellon Artist-in-Residence for the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH). His recent film “Toxi-City: A Climate Change Narrative” screened at PPEH’s “Teaching and Learning with Rising Waters” event.

Katherine Unger Baillie

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The Washington Post

To reform the credit card industry, start with credit scores

Lisa Servon of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design co-authored an opinion piece about the U.S. credit system. “To make affordable credit accessible to a broader group, let’s fix the flawed scoring system that allocates credit,” the authors wrote.


The Wall Street Journal

Factory workers become coders as companies automate

The Wharton School’s Morris Cohen said Europe is ahead of the U.S. when it comes to digitizing factories. BMW, for example, trains its employees to keep up with changing manufacturing processes, “teaching them that this is to their benefit, that this is not a way of replacing you, but making you more productive.”



Why the giants among this year’s Fortune 500 should intimidate you

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp said anticompetitive practices, which protect the largest firms by making it difficult for employees to change jobs, are on the rise. Simultaneously, he said, large tech companies are buying up potential competitors “before they can ever emerge as vibrant competitors themselves.”



This is the difference between feeling anxious and having an anxiety disorder

Holly Valerio of the Perelman School of Medicine clarified the differences between having anxious feelings and actually having an anxiety disorder. For those with the latter, there is “often a disconnect in the estimation of danger … in anxiety-producing situations versus the actual or realistic threat,” she said.


The Atlantic

What is pornography doing to our sex lives?

Mary Anne Layden of the Perelman School of Medicines said the social pressure to mimic pornography can result in more sexual violence for some and a resistance to sex by others.


The New York Times

Where should a child die? Hospice homes help families with the unimaginable

Chris Feudtner of the Perelman School of Medicine said palliative care for children is a “largely silent, hidden, and woefully unmet need.” However, he said, these facilities are expensive and unsustainable under the current reality of American health care.



Uber blame game focuses on Morgan Stanley after shares drop

The Wharton School’s David Erickson commented on a drop in Uber’s stock prices, saying the company looks “kind of like what happened after Facebook. The balloon got deflated on the first day.”


The Washington Post

Economists conducted a $5 million experiment to (literally) shed light on crime

Aaron Chalfin of the School of Arts and Science co-led a study that found installing bright lights near public-housing developments in New York City reduced nighttime crime by as much as a 59%, the equivalent to a 10% increase in police presence. The results suggest that improved living conditions may more effectively reduce crime than increased policing.



A contest to beat geopolitical “superforecasters”

PIK Professor Philip Tetlock was cited for his “gold standard” performance in a 2015 forecasting contest. Contestants in this year’s contest will have access to all the data on Tetlock’s team’s winning methodology.


U.S. News & World Report

AHA News: Dangerous blood clots may be the latest risk from ‘bad’ cholesterol

Scott Damrauer of the Perelman School of Medicine authored a study that found that LDL cholesterol, often called “bad” cholesterol, may contribute to venous thromboembolism, which causes potentially dangerous blood clots in the limbs. “This study shows how we can use genetics to try to more accurately understand who will go on to develop venous thromboembolism and who will not,” he said.