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  • PSC & PARC Associate Mark V. Pauly was quoted in a Knowledge@Wharton podcast episode about allegations that generic drug makers conspired to fix prices.

    Date posted: 5/22/2019 | View listing
  • PSC's Olivia S. Mitchell discusses her research on the role of annuities in retirement planning in an episode of the Knowledge@Wharton podcast.

    Date posted: 5/22/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC Associate, Irma T. Elo has been awarded the 2019 Making a Difference in Diverse Communities Grant for her "Cognitive Decline with Aging in Diverse Chilean Communities and in Comparison with Mexico and the U.S" project with fellow PSC & PARC Associate Jere R. Behrman.

    Date posted: 5/14/2019 | View listing
  • PSC Associates, Kevin G. Volpp and Atheendar Venkataramani, are being honoured at the 2019 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. Volpp is receiving The John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research and Venkataramani, the Best Published Research Paper of the Year. Read more on LDI's website.

    Date posted: 5/9/2019 | View listing
  • University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett and Perelman School of Medicine Dean J. Larry Jameson are pleased to announce the appointment of PARC Associate, Rachel M. Werner as Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI).

    Date posted: 5/6/2019 | View listing
  • Linda H. Aiken, PSC Associate and professor of sociology, was awarded during the 2019 Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching the Provosts Award For Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring.

    Date posted: 5/2/2019 | View listing
  • With the President’s Engagement Prize, seniors José Maciel of Yakima, Washington, and Antonio Renteria of Laredo, Texas, mentored by PARC associate Adriana Perez, hope to bring information about subjects like nutrition and sleep to the mushroom farmworkers of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The project reinforces preventive screenings already offered by a local clinic and primary care providers. Read more on Penn Today.

    Date posted: 4/29/2019 | View listing
  • A new article in Nature mentions the need for racial and ethnic diversity in the groups of people studied in genomics research. “It would be very nice if there was one set of guidelines that fit every population, but not all groups are the same,” says Sarah Tishkoff, a human geneticist who pioneered efforts to work with African populations in genomics.

    Date posted: 4/18/2019 | View listing
  • In a Penn Today article and on Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses the Treasury Department’s decision to allow private companies to pay retirees lump-sum pension payments. The move may benefit companies, but Mitchell believes the federal government should assess the long-term implications. “If we look at the retirement picture, we have to understand the incentives we are putting in people’s way—or the disincentives to save,” she explains.

    Date posted: 4/18/2019 | View listing
  • Date posted: 4/18/2019 | View listing
  • Akudo Ejelonu was awarded the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center’s Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship Award for 2019-2020 for her research on environmentally-induced migration and health outcome of climate migrants. She also got an honourable mention from the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in March.

    Date posted: 4/18/2019 | View listing
  • Jordan Weiss was awarded a fellowship from the Alzheimer's Association to present work on explaining trends in dementia incidence at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference this summer. 

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • Linda H. AikenJere R. Behrman, and Chilean colleagues on Chilean nursing evaluation project with Chilean Minister of Health after a briefing in Santiago, Chile.

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • “There’s a lot of lower-level head trauma out there that no one knows the consequence of,” says John Q. Trojanowski of PARC in a New York Times article. Trojanowski plans to submit a research paper in the coming months on people who have suffered traumatic brain injury. “We are looking at people with traumatic brain injury, football players, rugby players, some people who fell off bikes.”

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • On Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses an American Economic Association survey that reveals high levels of gender and racial bias in the field of economics. “It’s very depressing, actually,” says Mitchell. “I’ve been teaching for 40 years now, and, sure, 40 years ago there were very few women in the profession. You stood out. You were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable or awkward. But I had hoped that today things would be much better.” Penn Today.

    Date posted: 4/16/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC associate Heather Schofield led a group of Wharton students on a four-day trip to Ethiopia during spring break for a close-up look at the African nation’s health, agricultural, business, and political sectors. Students said the Global Modular Course experience gave them perspectives they never could have found in a book. Read more in Penn Today.

    Date posted: 4/5/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Joung, Andrew, Benjamin Lockwood, and Alex Rees-Jones. 2018. "A Pilot Study of Uncertainty in Income Tax Forecasts." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2018-23. 

    Date posted: 3/28/2019 | View listing
  • Date posted: 3/28/2019 | View listing
  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Furstenberg, Frank 2019. "Family Change in Global Perspective: How and Why Family Systems Change." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2019-22.

    Date posted: 3/28/2019 | View listing
  • In a commentary in the journal Cell and articles in PBS News Hour and Penn Today, PARC researcher Sarah Tishkoff and co-authors, shine a light on the lack of ethnic diversity represented in genomic studies and on the consequences for health and medicine. “Leaving entire populations out of human genetic studies is both scientifically damaging and unfair,” Tishkoff says.

    Date posted: 3/26/2019 | View listing
  • Daniel Aldana Cohen recently gave a two-part interview with Real News Network regarding his work on the Green New Deal. You can listen to part 1 and part 2 here. 

    Date posted: 3/22/2019 | View listing
  • On the Knowledge@WhartonMark V. Pauly, of PSC & PARC, and Genevieve Kanter of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss the impact of changes to the Stark Law, which prevents doctors from self-referral, and the effectiveness of accountable care organizations (ACO).“I would be even more enthusiastic about ACOs if it had been shown that they actually improve the coordination of care,” says Kanter.

    Date posted: 3/21/2019 | View listing
  • Penn Today talks about new research by Rachel M. Werner, of the Population Aging Research Center, found that post-hospital care costs and cuts impact readmission. “We found clear tradeoffs: While home health care may cost less, it doesn’t have the same intensity of care as a skilled nursing facility, which may be sending many [patients] back into the hospital.”

    Date posted: 3/21/2019 | View listing
  • Can closing homeless encampments help Philadelphia’s opioid problem? A report authored by Dennis Culhane and co-authors and an article in Penn Today shows that shuttering two camps led to many new addiction-treatment slots and some successful placements in permanent or temporary housing. Many challenges remain, however, including a shortage of housing options.

    Date posted: 3/19/2019 | View listing
  • U.S. fertility rates are at an all-time low, partially due to delayed parenthood, increased childlessness, fewer unplanned teenage pregnancies, and declines in immigration. As explained by Hans-Peter Kohler, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, and Emilio Alberto Parrado in Penn Today, the drop isn’t cause for alarm but does bring to light questions about work, family, and immigration policies that can affect population growth.

    Date posted: 3/12/2019 | View listing
  • A paper co-authored by Olivia S. Mitchell was quoted in a Barron's article about restirement investments.

    Date posted: 3/5/2019 | View listing
  • Mark V. Pauly wrote an article for The Inquirer's Health Cents Blog which is cross-posted on LDI's Health Policy$ence about Senator Kamala Harris' plan for medicare.

    Date posted: 3/4/2019 | View listing
  • PARC researcher, Sarah Tishkoff's research Limits of long-term selection against Neandertal introgression was reported in a Penn Today article. Tishkoff works with former research associate Laura Scheinfeldt and former grad student Sameer Soi,to offer a new look at African genetic diversity, with data from 50 populations. Among other insights, their analysis suggests that hunter-gatherer groups, a few of whom speak languages involving clicks, share a common ancestry despite being geographically far-flung.

    Date posted: 2/19/2019 | View listing
  • Richard A. Axilrod, WG’85, and Nancy M. Axilrod, parents, have made a $2 million gift to establish the Axilrod Term Fund in Health and Inequality. The fund has enabled Penn Arts and Sciences to recruit three new faculty members, Juan Pablo Atal, Courtney Boen, and Morgan Hoke, who will help establish Penn as a worldwide center for the analysis of inequality and health, with a specific focus on the distribution of health outcomes and how this distribution is shaped by social policies. Read more about the fund in the Penn SAS announcement.

    Date posted: 2/12/2019 | View listing
  • Hans-Peter Kohler, PSC & PARC research associate, discusses the recent decline in U.S. birth rates on a Marketplace podcast. “At the level we are observing it in the U.S., it is not a problem. If the U.S. had South Korean, Japanese, or Italian fertility rates, arguably, the pressure to do something about this might be higher,” says Kohler.

    Date posted: 1/28/2019 | View listing
  • PSC & PARC researcher, Mark V. Pauly, and co-researchers discuss what lies ahead for the Affordable Care Act in 2019 on the Knowledge@Wharton podcast.

    Date posted: 1/24/2019 | View listing
  • Omnia interviewed Joseph Kable, PSC & PARC researcher and Baird Term Professor of Psychology, on why humans can’t seem to make the commitment to slow climate change.

    Date posted: 1/23/2019 | View listing
  • In the largest study of its kind, PARC researcher Sarah Tishkoff and co-authors investigated the gut microbiomes of people from seven ethnically diverse populations in remote Botswana and Tanzania. Their findings illuminate the relative impact of lifestyle, geography, and genetics in shaping the microbiome. Read Penn Today for more.

    Date posted: 1/23/2019 | View listing
  • Date posted: 1/22/2019 | View listing
  • Check out the New Years message from Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

    Date posted: 1/18/2019 | View listing