Education, Business, & Law

GovLabPHL embeds academic research into city government

As a part of the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative, Penn faculty members connect with the City of Philadelphia to use innovative research data to inform more effective programs and policies.

Jill DiSanto

Can changing our diets save the planet?

Brian Berkey and Karen Glanz discuss how dietary changes could impact the overall health of the planet, following the United Nations’ recent report on climate change.

Penn Today Staff

Educational leaders examine the ‘University of the Future’

“Beyond the Walls: The University of the Future” brought scholars, administrators, and technology experts together to discuss the future of higher education and the disruption of the traditional “brick and mortar” college campus.

Jill DiSanto

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.


Philadelphia Inquirer

The man in charge of Pa.’s commutation system says it’s broken. Can it be fixed?

Kathleen Brown of the School of Nursing spoke about her frustrations with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, which has ignored evidence of rehabilitation, instead examining the original crime itself. “That’s not what it’s supposed to be,” she said. “They’re supposed to be evaluating people as they are now.”


Inside Higher Ed

Against endorsing the Chicago principles

The Graduate School of Education’s Sigal Ben-Porath wrote about the Chicago principles, which many institutions use as a guide to handling free-speech issues, and its shortcomings. The principles “rely on a legalistic and formal framework that purports to offer a response to a set of problems that has little use for such blunt tools,” she said.


The Wall Street Journal

Nissan-Renault scandal shows it’s hard to keep car alliances on track

Harbir Singh of the Wharton School discussed the difficulties of corporate alliances in and beyond the auto industry. He attributed the low success rate to companies overestimating their savings and underestimating the challenges of merging businesses.


NBC News

Retailers have a secret shopper score for you

The Wharton School’s Peter Fader discussed how retailers prioritize customers based on their spending habits. “If we see you engaging with the company more deeply, we have a sense that you’re going to be worth that much more in the future,” said Fader.