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.
Teens Know Dangers of Driving and Cellphone Use, Yet Do It Anyway, Penn Research Shows
What happens when “Tom Hanks,” “Tom Cruise” and “Kesha” sit around a table? When the talkers are actually teens using researcher-requested pseudonyms they chose to anonymously discuss their driving habits, the results are surprising, maybe even more so than if the real celebrities got together.
Linguists at Penn Document Philadelphia ‘Accent’ of American Sign Language
Jami Fisher, a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Linguistics, has a long history with American Sign Language.
Penn’s Engheta and Ghrist Earn National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowships
When the Department of Defense offers researchers the chance to think big and take risks, and provides the funding to back it up, scientists tend to get really excited.
Penn experts weigh in on Dutch climate change ruling
As the world prepares for another global conversation about climate change at the annual Conference of Parties (COP21) conference in Paris in December, a court decision in the Netherlands has added a new twist.
Penn Sociologists Dig Deep Into the Needs of South Philly’s Latino Immigrants
Emilio A. Parrado is concerned about how immigrants incorporate into new communities.
Penn IUR/Perry World House confab discusses sustainable global urbanization
What is sustainable global urbanization? Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) and the Lawrence C.
Penn, Notre Dame Researchers Mapping Genetic History of the Caribbean
In the island chain called the Lesser Antilles, stretching from the Virgin Islands south to Trinidad and Tobago, a team of researchers lead by Theodore Schurr, an anthropology professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences, is so
Penn prof helps UN determine child mortality rate
The child mortality rate compares the number of deaths of children under the age of 5 in a country per 1,000 births in a year. In the United States, the number is 7. In the United Kingdom and Israel, the number is 4. In China, the number is 11. In Iceland and Finland, the number is 2. In Iraq, it is 32, while it is 48 in India, 69 in Haiti, 91 in Afghanistan, and 157 in Angola.
Penn's Ortner Center helps raise awareness about domestic violence
Every minute, nearly 20 people in the United States face physical abuse by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Every nine seconds a woman gets assaulted or is beaten. One in 3 women will become the victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. For men, that number is 1 in 4.
Penn’s Hanson Works to Protect Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq
Katharyn Hanson stands on stage at the World Café Live in Philadelphia in front of a crowd of several dozen. Behind her flash images of antiquities and artifacts that make up much of the cultural legacy in places like Syria and Iraq. Sprinkled throughout are photos of explosions, dark gray plumes masking former heritage sites.