Education, Business, & Law

Mentoring tomorrow’s biomedical researchers

This year, 41 students took part in the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, a 10-week residential program that aims to steer biomedicine and biological science students toward Ph.D. programs.

Jill DiSanto

Regulating ride-sharing

Wharton professors discuss New York City’s regulations on ride-hail companies such as Uber and Lyft, capping the number of vehicles on the road for one year, and requiring that drivers be paid a minimum wage.

Penn Today Staff

Social work students help refugees in Europe

Doctoral students from the School of Social Policy & Practice shared their expertise with leaders at an NGO that provides trauma-informed services for refugees in Athens.

Jill DiSanto , Jill DiSanto

Why the U.S. and China would both lose a new cold war

According to Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett, with each passing day, the U.S.-China standoff is looking less like a trade war and more like a “new cold war” between the world’s two most powerful countries.

Penn Today Staff

When business blows up policy: How to regulate disruptions

Wharton professor Sarah Light outlines the challenge of regulating traditional business disruptors such as Uber and Airbnb, two companies with platforms that have no precedent in the business sector for regulation.

Penn Today Staff

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.


Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call

Pennsylvania Supreme Court relents for now on medical malpractice changes

Responding to threats by a large health network outside Philadelphia to end cross-county partnerships if venue restraints on medical malpractice lawsuits were lifted, Hanming Fang of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Leonard Davis Institute said changing the venue rule would allow lawyers to file lawsuits in Philadelphia regardless of affiliations with the city’s health systems. “I don’t see that logic,” said Fang.


“The Pulse,” (WHYY Radio)

What’s the best way to teach math?

Caroline Ebby of the Graduate School of Education said that in the U.S. many people learn math as a set of rules to follow but don’t fully understand the procedures used to solve equations.


Philadelphia Inquirer

From self-care to dumpling tours, Valentine’s Day is becoming more than flowers and chocolates

The Wharton School’s Barbara Kahn spoke about changes in Valentine’s Day gift-giving trends. “It’s easier and easier to acquire stuff, but people are also saying I don’t need just stuff anymore,” she said, in response to this year’s uptick in gifts that center a shared memory or experience.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Hershey School’s law firm was arguing two cases before a federal judge—and then hired his son

David Hoffman of the Law School commented on a judge’s decision to reintroduce negligence claims to the suits against the Milton Hershey School. “Federal judges rarely change their mind on reconsideration, and when they do, that kind of open-mindedness should be celebrated,” said Hoffman.