Michele W. Berger
Science News Officer
Michele covers Anthropology, Criminology, Digital Humanities, Economics, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Population Studies Center, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.
Drug epidemic likely ‘killing more Americans than we think’
Research from Penn and Georgetown shows that the estimated number of drug-associated deaths in the U.S. in 2016 was approximately double the number of deaths attributed to drugs.
The religious battle over birth control and the unpleasant motivation that fueled it
In a Q&A, sociologist Melissa Wilde discusses her new book, which probes the racism and elitism that spurred religious groups to fight for legalizing contraception.
A new link between fear, imitation, and antisocial behavior in children
In a pair of studies, researchers from Penn and Boston University offer insight into a set of traits often characterized by a lack of empathy and sensitivity to others’ emotions.
Understanding how information flows into and out of Gitmo
Annenberg doctoral student Muira McCammon studies the intersection of technology, law, and military policy. She’s on the quest to understand how people and data move through the Guantánamo Bay detention center.
Penn sends largest ever delegation to UN climate conference
At COP 25, representatives from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Perry World House, Penn IUR, and elsewhere discuss global climate challenges.
The view from inside the ‘medical scandal’ of China’s gene-edited babies
In a Q&A, geneticist Kiran Musunuru describes his unintentional connection to the scientist behind the scandal and the book that came out of the experience.