Data Science

Desmond Patton and the science of being human

Penn Integrates Knowledge University professor Desmond Upton Patton discusses his research in social media and violence, finding an interdisciplinary career in social work, communication, data science, and psychiatry, and why his open-mindedness never stops.

Kristina García

Out of the classroom and into the newsroom

Student fellows in the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies put their data-analysis skills and political know-how to use in creating user-friendly visualizations and enhancing traditional reporting practices.

Kristen de Groot

Crime and the scientific method

The multidisciplinary faculty in the Department of Criminology harness diverse methodologies to improve public safety and inform policy and planning.

Blake Cole , Michele W. Berger

In the News

Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn alum looks to raise $750K, tap into AI to scale social impact investing analytics platform

Penn alum Catherine Griffin has created ImpactableX, an analytics platform to help social impact startups quantify their impact.


The Washington Post

How the diploma divide came to dominate American politics

In a recent paper, William Marble of the School of Arts & Sciences argues that white voters with college degrees, not just the white working class, drove the political-polarization process.


The Wall Street Journal

The band of debunkers busting bad scientists

Joe Simmons of the Wharton School is among a growing number of scientists in various fields around the world who moonlight as data detectives, sifting through studies published in scholarly journals for evidence of fraud.


This Penn researcher is exploring how ChatGPT fits into the social sciences

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton and colleagues are studying how generative AI, particularly chatbots, can be used ethically in social sciences work.


KFF Health News

‘All we want is revenge’: How social media fuels gun violence among teens

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton says that online outpourings of grief after gang violence often presage additional violence.


Philadelphia high school cracks down on cellphones during class

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton advises parents how best to regulate cellphone use for their children.