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  • LDI Senior Fellows Douglas Wiebe and Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine and Hans-Peter Kohler of the School of Arts and Sciences are using pilot grants to test concepts ranging from the support of Philadelphia's effort to launch the first safe injection site to the effect of survival perceptions on HIV patients and the change of physician behavior. Read LDI article here

    Date posted: 2/13/2018 | View listing
  • Mark Pauly is mentioned in a Knowledge@Wharton article discussing the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase health care alliance.

    Date posted: 2/13/2018 | View listing
  • The Knowledge@Wharton show on SiriusXM channel 111 recently invited Janice Bellace, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics; Janice Madden, professor of regional science and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a real estate professor at Wharton; and Thorgerdur Einarsdottir, professor of gender studies at the University of Iceland, to discuss the issues surrounding pay equality.

    Date posted: 2/13/2018 | View listing
  • Global Family Change: Persistent Diversity with Development, authored by Luca Maria Pesando, Andrés Castro, Hans-Peter Kohler, Frank Furstenberg and other international collaborators, was posted today in the PSC Working Paper Series. Read the abstract and paper here.

    Date posted: 2/7/2018 | View listing
  • Many scholars, like many moms, believe that baby fat exists to keep infants warm. But the conventional wisdom, explained in Sapiens and Slate by Morgan Hoke of the School of Arts and Sciences, is not true. It turns out that the excess fat acts as an energy reserve for the brain, aiding its development while also warding off diseases.

    Date posted: 2/5/2018 | View listing
  • Last week Penn's Institute on Aging and the Population Aging Research Center co-hosted Dr. Anne Newman as a part of the Visiting Scholars Series. The talk, titled What does it take to live a long and healthy life, covered several variables that impact the stages of aging and living healthy later in life. Irma T. Elo also participated in discussion about U.S. Life Expectancy as it is effected by obesity and the opioid epidemic. Take a look at some photos from the event!

    Date posted: 1/31/2018 | View listing
  • During the past 20 years, Hans-Peter Kohler of the School of Arts and Sciences has investigated how social, epidemiological and demographic factors affect people in Malawi. His is a rare example of a longitudinal study focused on a population in a low-income nation that has had to confront stressors like famine and AIDS. Read the Omnia article here.

    Date posted: 1/31/2018 | View listing
  • Onoso Imoagene of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted in a New York Times article on the expectation of success for the children of African migrants. Read article here.

    Date posted: 1/26/2018 | View listing
  • Research led by professor Samuel Preston and Penn alum Andrew Stokes of the School of Arts and Sciences measured the impact of rising obesity on mortality rates in the United States, based on the maximum body mass index of individuals between 1988 and 2011. They found that the obesity epidemic is to blame for preventing the U.S. from fully benefitting from factors that could lower mortality rates, such as medical advancements and reductions in smoking. Read article here.

    Date posted: 1/25/2018 | View listing
  • The end of the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase insurance looms large, but it’s not the only administrative change that the health care sector will see in the coming year, according to Mark Pauly. He and Robert Field looked at the future of Medicare, drug prices and health care job prospects on Knowledge@Wharton. (Audio)

    Date posted: 1/23/2018 | View listing
  • Richard Berk of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for developing a probation and parole risk-assessment tool for Philadelphia. Read article here.

    Date posted: 1/23/2018 | View listing
  • Daniel Aldana Cohen published a white paper, "Climate Justice and the Right to the City" with the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Penn Institute for Urban Research, and Perry World House. In his article, Cohen discusses the overlap between climate justice and the "right to the city" agenda.

    Date posted: 1/23/2018 | View listing
  • Patient satisfaction is closely linked to the number of nurses on wards, according to a study led by Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing, published in the journal BMJ Open. In a Penn Nursing news release, Aiken is quoted discussing the details of the recent article "Patient satisfaction with hospital care and nurses in England: an observational study". 

    Date posted: 1/23/2018 | View listing
  • Pictured above from left to right: Jeffrey Lin, Iourii Manovskii, Mallick Hossain, and Keith Sill.
    Learn about our new partner, the Philadelphia Federal Statistical Research Data Center. Speakers at the opening celebration included: Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States, Ron Jarmin, Performing the Nonexclusive Functions and Duties of the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Keith Sill, Senior Vice President and Director, Real-Time Research Data Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and PSC Research Associate Iourii Manovskii, Associate Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Philadelphia FSRDC, University of Pennsylvania. PSC Director Herbert L. Smith and PARC Director Irma T. Elo were also in attendance, along with George Mailath, Chair of Economics and ex officio member of the PSC Executive Committee, and Monica King, ADRF Director, representing the PSC's "big data" initiative. Read the press release here.

    Date posted: 1/11/2018 | View listing
  • Americans are more likely than ever before to enter retirement carrying debt, which leaves them vulnerable to rising interest rates. Olivia Mitchell emphasizes the importance of the housing market and easier mortgage products as factors in driving this debt increase in older households. Read the column and her study here

    Date posted: 1/4/2018 | View listing
  • Before winter break Michel Guillot assembled a team of experts to meet about the newly funded NICHD research project Global Age Patterns of Under 5 Mortality. The group is compromised of researchers from institutions across the globe including the United Nations, Johns Hopkins University and the Institut national d'études démographiques (Ined). There will be more information about this project in the coming weeks, but for now be sure to read the project description online here

    Date posted: 1/4/2018 | View listing