Health Sciences

Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence

Featured below is information on the experts from the Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence as well as audio transcripts of the proceedings.  The Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence is one of a series of programs to which reporters, editors and producers from the news media are invited.  Featured panelists

Understanding Smooth Eye Pursuit - The Incredible Targeting System of Human Vision

PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shed new light on how the brain and eye team up to spot an object in motion and follow it, a classic question of human motor control.  The study shows that two distinctly different ways of seeing motion are used - one to catch up to a moving object with our eyes, a second to lock on and examine it.

Jordan Reese

Penn Vet Announces World Leadership and Student Inspiration Awards

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has launched the first veterinary medicine awards of its kind designed to recognize innovation, creativity and leadership in the veterinary profession anywhere in the world.  

Gail Luciani, Jennifer Rench

U.S. Falls to 27th in Latest Report Card on World Social Progress; Chronic Poverty to Blame

PHILADELPHIA -- Cuts in social services and chronic poverty in U.S. cities and rural areas during the '90s have caused the U.S. to lag behind nearly all of Europe and several other countries in terms of overall social progress, according to the 2004 "Report Card on World Social Progress" by Richard Estes, a University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work professor.

Matt Gray

In the News

Christian Science Monitor

Vaping bans: How one health crisis prompted a crackdown on another

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about the vaping crisis, which is fueled in part by gray-market cartridge sales. “We’re in a regulatory no-man’s land,” he said.


The Wall Street Journal

The surgical complication that can damage your brain

Lee Fleisher of the Perelman School of Medicine said the amount of anesthesia used can play a role in the development of post-surgical delirium in some patients.



Meet the Womanikin, the breasted vest working to close the CPR gender gap

Marion Leary of the School of Nursing weighed in on why people may hesitate to perform CPR on women. “We’ve been training people relatively the same way since CPR was first quote-unquote ‘discovered,’” she said. “We need to start thinking about how we can use the technology and innovation of today to really train people differently so that they feel comfortable performing CPR when the time arises.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Dental school grads find it hard to beat back student debt

Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine said dental school tuition has increased because dentistry, in general, has gotten more expensive. “You used to get the X-rays in your mouth taken with film, put inside your mouth. Today, we put sensors inside the mouth, capture it directly into the computer,” he said. “Film used to cost a few dollars a pack. That sensor is a $7,000 sensor.”


U.S. News & World Report

Antarctic study shows isolation, monotony may change the human brain

Alexander Stahn of the Perelman School of Medicine led a study that found a volume decrease in the hippocampi of explorers who spent 14 months at a research station in Antarctica. “It was an average of about 7%, which is really big in terms of brain changes,” he said.