Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Why the Vaccine Safety Reporting System should be renamed

VAERS, the federal health system for reporting “adverse events” after vaccination, is designed to assist in the early detection of complications and responsive action. But the flood of social media references to the system during the COVID-19 pandemic created confusion.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Penn welcomes energy justice scholar Sanya Carley

Carley will be the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Energy Policy and City Planning in the Weitzman School with an affiliation with the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

From the Weitzman School of Design

In the News

The New York Times

For a better workout, trick your brain

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School says that “temptation bundling,” pairing a workout with a much-loved activity, is amplified if the desired activity is only done while exercising.


The New York Times

What college students need is a taste of the monk’s life

Justin McDaniel of the School of Arts & Sciences is challenging his students to adopt monastic traditions in order to rethink the purpose of education.



We’ll soon have tools to protect infants against RSV. Can we put them to good use?

Research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 53% of women of childbearing age thought flu shots were safe to receive during pregnancy, with more pronounced distrust regarding COVID vaccines.


Scientific American

People, not Google’s algorithm, create their own partisan ‘bubbles’ online

According to Homa Hosseinmardi of the Annenberg School for Communication, ensuring that search engine giants like Google operate with people’s best interest in mind requires knowing how people are using the algorithm, not just how the algorithm works.


Bharat Express (India)

U.S. navy steps up efforts to curb seizure of Iranian ships in Strait of Hormuz

John Ghazvinian of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the reality of a serious armed conflict between the U.S. and Iran is almost unthinkable for either nation.