Dirk Krueger and John MacDonald were two of five conferences awarded grants will address a variety of issues related to economic policy, infrastructure, housing in the future, diversity and more: The Philadelphia Workshop on Macroeconomics and Economic Policy, in which Dirk Krueger, professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will pool academics and researchers from across Penn and policy institutions to present and discuss macroeconomic research and fiscal policies at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. John MacDonald, professor of criminology and sociology, and the Fels Institute of Government will host the Rebuilding America Summit, addressing the problem of an aging and underfunded infrastructure by assembling Penn faculty, government budget directors and chief financial officers. Read more in Penn Today.
Study led by Linda H. Aiken of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) reports that hospitals that employ more nurse assistants relative to the number of professionally qualified nurses have higher mortality rates, lower patient satisfaction, and poorer quality and safety of care, was published in the leading scientific journal BMJ Quality and Safety.
New report Families Caring for an Aging America is available for free download.
Camille Charles is mentioned in new Omnia article about the Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen
Daniel Cohen, along with David Wachsmuth of McGill University and Hillary Angelo of the University of California, Santa Cruz have publish a new study in Nature about how current conversations about urban sustainability are too narrowly focused, ignoring regional and global impacts and leaving out key grassroots groups with social justice agendas. Cohen says in a Penn News article, "We need to think about sustainability in a way that aligns with how the world really works right now".
Dennis Culhane is quoted in San Francisco Chronicle article "Solutions to homelessness in San Francisco within reach".
New Working Paper: Payne, C.F., I.V. Kohler, C. Bandawe, K. Lawler, and H.-P. Kohler. 2016. "Cognitive Health among Older Adults: Evidence from Rural Sub-Saharan Africa." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC) WP2016-3.
New PSC/PARC Working Paper: Sudharsanan, N., J.R. Behrman, and H.-P. Kohler. 2016. "Limited Common Origins of Multiple Adult Health-Related Behaviors: Evidence from U.S. Twins." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC) WP2016-2.
Welcome, Dorothy Roberts, the newest PSC Research Associate. Congratulations to Emily Hannum as the new Associate Director of the PSC, Hans-Peter Kohler as the new Interim Director of the GGD, and Richard Berk as the new Chair of Criminology. Best wishes to John M. MacDonald and Dirk Krueger who have completed outstanding tenures as departmental chairs.
Linda H. Aiken presented Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, With AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award. Naylor was nominated by Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and the first nurse to be awarded this honor. “Dr. Naylor’s multiple contributions to health services research and its impact on health care delivery place her among the most successful health services researchers and an extraordinary role model for the field,” said Aiken. Read Penn Nursing's article here.
Matthew McHugh, Linda Aiken, Paul Rosenbaum, and Herbert Smith collaborated with other researchers from the Center for Outcomes Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn’s School of Nursing, Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania on a study which showed that patients undergoing surgery at Magnet hospitals recognized for nursing excellence, and good nurse staffing, have better outcomes at the same or lower costs as other hospitals. Read study published in the prominent surgery journal JAMA Surgery here.
Dr. John Haaga has been named director of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR).
GGD alumni, Eileen Crimmins (Ph.D. Demography, 1974) and Wolfgang Lutz (Ph.D., Demography, 1983) have just been elected members of the National Academy of Sciences.
Samuel H. Preston is quoted in the New York Times article: "White Americans Are Dying Younger as Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises."
Michel Guillot was quoted in this CBS News article: "Life Expectancy for White Women Falls Slightly in U.S."
John M. MacDonald's paper in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research with co-authors S. Han and C. C. Branas was made available online today: "The Effect of a Sunday Liquor-Sales Ban Repeal on Crime: A Triple-Difference Analysis."
Jere R. Behrman's research with Team 1000+ Saving Brains colleagues on nutrition and child development and later life outcomes with was featured in the Penn current article "Increased protein key for early child development, Penn research shows."
Grace Kao's 60-Second Lecture from 4/13/2016 is ready to watch: "Interracial Romance and Friendship from Adolescence to Adulthood."
Samuel H. Preston and Irma T. Elo's PDR paper "Anatomy of a Municipal Triumph: New York City's Upsurge in Life Expectancy," was recently discussed in The New York Times article: "Poor New Yorkers Tend to Live Longer Than Other Poor Americans."
New PSC/PARC Working Paper: "Effects of Birth Control Policies on Women’s Age at First Birth in China" by Menghan Zhao and Hans-Peter Kohler
Jere R. Behrman, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics and of Sociology at Penn, has been selected as one of nine new PAA Honorees. He also received the “proverbial gold watch” from School of Arts and Science Dean Steven Fluharty for over half a century of service and contributions to the University of Pennsylvania and to the economic and demographic professions. Behrman was cited for his service and leadership at Penn and nationally (including serving as Director of the PSC, on the PAA Board of Directors and on the NICHD Advisory Council), for being an investigator on over 160 research projects including 40 NIH and 14 NSF grants, for his prolific publications with over 400 published articles and 35 monographs, for being a dedicated mentor as reflected in receiving the Irving B. Kravis Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Teaching and serving on over 150 Ph.D. dissertation committees, and for having played basketball “so far in eight decades starting in the 1940s.”
A new study from Mitesh Patel, and co-authors Kevin Volpp and David Asch finds financial incentives aimed at increasing physical activity among teams are most effective when the participants are rewarded for a combination of individual and team performance.
In an LDI Health Economist article, Kevin Volpp suggests the health-care system should focus on helping people make healthy-behavior changes.
A research study led by Alison Buttenheim of Penn Nursing focused on cases of pertussis (whooping cough) which have increased dramatically over the past five years, putting infants at risk of serious illness or death. The group valuated the feasibility and impact of different interventions aimed at increasing the number of vaccinated caregivers. The results of their study are available online here.