Penn Integrates Knowledge Professors

In rural America, religious attendance reduces compassion regarding opioids

Rural areas—particularly those in Appalachian and Midwestern states—are hard hit by the opioid epidemic. However, many individuals in those same states do not support policies scientifically proven to help, like medically aided treatment and syringe exchanges.

From Annenberg School for Communication

When trust in science fosters pseudoscience

A study co-authored by PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín finds that people who trust science are more likely to believe and disseminate false claims containing scientific references than people who do not trust science.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

In the News


COVAX was a great idea, but is now 500 million doses short of its vaccine distribution goals. What exactly went wrong?

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said now that COVAX has been built, the international community must commit to funding it ahead of any future crises.


Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn spinout Cogwear gets funding to develop ‘anxiety thermometer’ headband

Cogwear, a startup based at the Penn Center for Innovation and founded by PIK Professor Michael Platt and former postdoc Arjun Ramakrishnan, is developing a wearable device that monitors mental health.


The Washington Post

How CDC data problems put the U.S. behind on the delta variant

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said the CDC’s decision to stop monitoring breakthrough COVID-19 infections was a mistake. “I’ve been arguing to do more monitoring, not less, and the CDC has been going in the wrong direction,” he said.


The Washington Post

Biden administration considers withholding funds and other measures to spur vaccinations

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about the need for federal leadership in the fight against COVID-19. “If you look through history, there are presidents who—even in the absence of legal authority—influence people, you might say,” he said. “We keep referring to this COVID thing like it’s an emergency, and then we don’t behave like it’s a wartime emergency.”


The New York Times

Defense secretary weighs recommending vaccine mandate for troops

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said that service members, if required to be vaccinated, could positively influence others to follow suit. “People admire our military,” he said.


Yahoo! News

Behind the U.S. military's 'complicated history' around vaccinations

PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno spoke about President Biden’s decision not to extend the federal worker vaccine mandate to members of the military. “The military does have a complicated history around requiring, especially people in uniform, to take certain medications or to be vaccinated,” Moreno said.