Education, Business, & Law

Easing the transition from summer to school

Penn GSE’s Linda Leibowitz has a few suggestions for parents and caregivers who are keen to smooth their kids’ transition from summer back to school.

Penn Today Staff

Will Amazon’s plan to ‘upskill’ its employees pay off?

Wharton’s Matthew Bidwell discusses Amazon’s $700 million plan to retrain its workforce with “pathways to careers” in machine learning, manufacturing, robotics, and computer science, while facing mounting personnel and safety issues and concerns at its warehouses.

Penn Today Staff

Uncovering bias: A new way to study hiring can help

Research has shown how easy it is for an employer’s conscious and unconscious biases to creep in when reviewing resumés, creating an uneven playing field that disproportionally hurts women and minority job candidates.

Penn Today Staff

Is Huawei a national security threat?

Christopher Yoo, professor of law, communication, and computer and information science, describes why the Chinese technology company has become a hot topic of conversation in national security circles.

Brandon Baker

Why are U.S. hospitals closing?

Wharton’s Lawton Burns discusses the closure of Philadelphia’s Hahnemann University Hospital and the trend of medical facilities shuttering nationwide.

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The ACA battle is heating up

The Affordable Care Act is once again under threat, along with health insurance coverage for at least 20 million Americans, as a federal appeals court weighs on its constitutionality.

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In the News


The New York Times

Apple’s watch is smarter, but my Casio keeps getting the job done

Commenting on the Apple Watch and the Casio, Daniel A. Levinthal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, said, “Given a choice, most companies would rather be in the position of Apple, which has been innovating and successfully developing new products and bringing them to market and getting consumers to buy them than in the position of Casio, which has been much less successful at that, even if it is selling some fine products.”

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Penn’s Grad School of Education cultivates a pipeline

To prepare teachers and educators for diverse environments, the Graduate School of Education is building pipelines for future students. “Penn’s location in the heart of West Philadelphia [presents] a great opportunity to think about what a graduate school of education could do in the context of an urban area,” said Dean Pam Grossman.

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The New York Times

Without bees, we are in trouble

Marvin Lazerson of the Graduate School of Education wrote about the importance of bees to the ecosystem. “Efforts like the Save the Bees movement have shown promise in bringing people together in pursuit of common goals,” he said.

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Bloomberg

CEOs spurn investor-first model. Now critics ask ‘what’s next?’

Larry Hamermesh of the Law School rebutted claims that companies are legally required to prioritize shareholder returns. “The most frustrating thing I ever hear is when someone says that a board of directors can’t do things that are attuned to sustainability under the current legal system,” he said. “They can. There is nothing in the law that precludes this.”

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The New York Times

Welcome to the promoconomy

Joseph Turow of the Annenberg School for Communication and David Bell of the Wharton School spoke about the use of retail promotions to acquire customer data.

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