Cholera vs. flu: Philadelphia’s historical epidemic successes and failures
Philadelphia’s response to the 1918 influenza might be the poster child of how not to handle an epidemic. Timothy Kent Holliday makes the case that the city was well equipped for outbreaks decades and even centuries earlier.
New configurations in campus housing and dining planned
Student housing and dining experiences will be markedly different in the upcoming academic year because of pandemic restrictions designed to keep students socially distant while also fostering a sense of college community.
Navigating cytokine storms
Pairing their expertise, Nilam Mangalmurti of the Perelman School of Medicine and Christopher Hunter of the School of Veterinary Medicine have been working to understand the protective and harmful aspects of the immune response, including in COVID-19.
Fall planning with the director of Student Registration and Financial Services
Matthew Sessa talks about what students receiving financial aid can expect during this unprecedented time.
Wharton School announces new AI for Business initiative
Wharton School announces new AI for Business initiative. Led by AI expert and Wharton professor Kartik Hosanagar, AI for Business will enable students, faculty, and industry partners to explore the next phase of digital transformation.
What the 1968 Kerner Commission can teach us
Criminologist and statistician Richard Berk, who worked on the report as a graduate student, explains the systemic racism and poverty found to underlie violent unrest in the 1960s and where COVID-19 and the economy fit today.
The case against separating breastfeeding mothers and infants during the pandemic
In a Q&A, Diane Spatz of Penn Nursing and CHOP discusses why it’s safe and beneficial to keep them together, even when the mother tests positive for COVID-19.
Can widespread protests bring lasting change?
Amidst the current protests decrying the killings of Black people by police and demand for reforms, Penn Today speaks to political scientist Daniel Gillion about his new book, “The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy.”
China’s national security law for Hong Kong, explained
Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China Jacques deLisle weighs in on the ongoing tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China.
Can, or should, the Insurrection Act be invoked?
Claire Finkelstein of the Law School spoke to Penn Today to discuss the history and meaning of a rarely used law, propelled into the news this week.