David Mandell dismisses link of violence with autism and says, “What little research we do have suggests that [autistic] people are much more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.”
Daniel Polsky is part of a 16-member Penn Health Policy Workforce workgroup, formed a year ago, that is exploring how the human infrastructure of health care delivery can be better organized, motivated and managed.
In Forbes, Kevin Volpp says, “We need serious rethinking about what happens when medication is dispensed.”
After several years of incremental study, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, including John Q. Trojanowski, have been able to piece together important steps in how Parkinson’s disease (PD) spreads from cell to cell and leads to nerve cell death.
A new study co-authored by experts from the Perelman School of Medicine, including John Q. Trojanowski, has found a group of biomarkers that hold up in statistical analyses in three independent groups of Alzheimer's patients.
Dan Polsky is a member of the 15-person study committee that produced the just-released Institute of Medicine framework for assessing the value of community-based prevention.
Matthew McHugh found that hospital surgery deaths fell for patients treated in magnet hospitals recognized for their high-quality delivery of care.
Caryn Lerman and Joseph Kable have been awarded a $2 million grant through the National Cancer Institute initiative called “Provocative Questions,” which will allow them to study how the brain’s cognitive control system can be enhanced to improve decision-making processes that contribute to risky behaviors.
Kevin G. Volpp provided an update on the "Way to Health' automated research infrastructure and patient engagement system at the Penn-Carnegie Mellon University Roybal Center Retreat.
According to research co-authored by Linda Aiken, older black patients are three times more likely than older white patients to suffer poorer outcomes after surgery, including death, when cared for by nurses with higher workloads.
Ning Hsieh has won the 2012 Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the Mental Health Division of the Society of the Study for Social Problems for her paper: "Sexual Orientation, Social Support, and Mental Distress: A Study of the Middle-Aged US Population."
Mark V. Pauly is quoted in a Knowledge@Wharton article on the "The Soda Tax Gamble: Will It Really Make Us Healthier?"
John M. MacDonald has won the 2012 David N. Kershaw Award For Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Public Policy Analysis and Management from the Association of Public Policy and Management's (APPAM). He will be delivering the Kershaw lecture at the APPAM Research Conference on November 8, 2012, at the Sheraton City Center Hotel, in Baltimore MD.
Armstrong and colleagues are mentioned in the news article "Study: Regular patient/clinician interaction can help increase follow-up cancer screening."
Trojanowski and colleagues are mentioned in a news article on "Biomarkers in Blood May Detect Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Penn Study Promising First Step toward Blood Test for Alzheimer's."
Carolyn Cannuscio's work was recently featured in Penn Medicine news: "Penn Study Finds with Vacant Lots Greened, Residents Feel Safer."
New PSC Working Paper: Kohler, Iliana V., Philip Anglewicz, Hans-Peter Kohler, John F. McCabe, Ben Chilima and Beth J. Soldo. 2012. "Evaluating Health and Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa: Minimally Invasive Collection of Plasma in the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH)." PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 12-05.
Mitchell is quoted in an article on retirement entitled "What's Driving Americans to Retire Abroad? Money -- or Lack of It" in Knowledge@Wharton.
Trojanowski and colleagues finds that Anti-Tau Drug Improves Cognition and Decreases Tau Tangles in Alzheimer's Disease Models and Drugmaker Begins Phase I Clinical Trial to Test Microtubule Stabilizing-Drug in Mild Alzheimer's Cases.
Annette Lareau Named President-elect of the American Sociological Association. Following a year of service as president-elect, Lareau’s term as president will begin in August 2013. In the meantime, she will chair the 2014 Program Committee that will shape the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting, in San Francisco, see the Penn Almanac for more.
Jere R. Behrman has been appointed to the National Research Council (NRC)-National Academies of Science (NAS) Committee on Population (CPOP) for three years. CPOP conducts scientific assessments of major population-related issues and provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of important public policy issues related to population. This was mentioned in the PENN Almanac.
Jere R. Behrman has been awarded a Bill and Linda Gates Foundation Grant for a two-year multi-country multi-institutional interdisciplinary study on “Early child growth and development in four countries: Young Lives.” The study is investigating the determinants of and the impacts of child growth recovery and child growth faltering after one year of age on child schooling success and cognitive and non-cognitive skill attainment in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. This was mentioned in the PENN Almanac.
Olivia Mitchell comments on "rethinking the definition of retirement" in "When Downsizing for Retirement Makes Dollars and Sense."
"Don’t Shut the Golden Door," an op-ed on the beneficial impacts of immigration by John MacDonald and Robert J. Sampson has been published in the New York Times. The authors have also recently edited a special volume of the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences titled, "Immigration and the Changing Social Fabric of American Cities."
Penn researchers David A. Asch and Kevin Volpp say automated strategies to engage patients at home are key to improving health outcomes.
New PSC Working Paper: Madden, Janice. 2012. "Performance-Support Bias and the Gender Pay Gap among Stockbrokers." PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 12-04. [This paper was recently published as: Madden, Janice. 2012. "Performance-Support Bias and the Gender Pay Gap among Stockbrokers." Gender & Society 26(3): 488-518.]
New PSC Working Paper: Kohler, Hans-Peter. 2012. "Copenhagen Consensus 2012: Challenge Paper on "Population Growth."" PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 12-03.
The LDI Health Economist convened a panel of four University of Pennsylvania health care experts, including Mark Pauly, to explore the latest developments on the issue of physician income.
PSC alumnus Evelyn Patterson is the ASA 2012 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population.
Please see the list of PAA 2012 Participants here: Penn, PSC, and PARC Researchers @ PAA 2012.
Kevin Volpp comments on employers linking health-insurance policies to medical tests.
David Mandell has found that mothers of children with autism earn less than mothers whose children have other health issues.
The Penn Almanac announced that Dr. Dennis Culhane, The Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Welfare and Dr. John Fantuzzo, The Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations have received $1.275 million from the MacArthur Foundation to conduct a multi-site study of the educational well-being of children in assisted housing programs.
David Mandell discusses ongoing research which finds minority children are diagnosed with autism later in life than white children.
Mark V. Pauly is the 2012 winner of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, funded by the Baxter International Foundation and administered by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. The Baxter International Foundation established this Prize to recognize its longtime CEO, William Graham. The prize award includes $50,000. Dr. Pauly will be honored in May.
Olivia Mitchell comments on more women becoming statisticians in the article, "In a calculating, chaotic world, statisticians are almost cool."
PSC Alumnus Jennifer Lundquist's research on racial and gender disparities in the military is highlighted in this NYT Economix blog by Nancy Folbre.
Congratulations to Jessica Ho! She has been named as a Dean's Scholar for the Academic Year 2011/12.
Penn Launches Work and Family Commons Open Access Research Repository, with Jerry Jacobs as the executive officer.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Jere R. Behrman as the Economics/Social Science member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) for three years.
The Winter 2011-12 PSC Information Services Newsletter is now available.
Janice Madden was interviewed in Episode 2 of the documentary "Third and Long: African Americans in Pro Football 1946-1989."
The PSC's website has been named INED's "site of the month" for January 2012.
Now available: Greenwood, Jeremy, Nezih Guner, Georgi Kocharkov and Cezar Santos. 2012. "Technology and the Changing Family: a Unified Model of Marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation." Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 12-01.