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Penn Researchers Focus on Optimizing Mental Health Treatments Using Big Data
September 15, 2017
What if with the click of a button, a clinician could improve and personalize a patient’s treatment for a mental illness like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or panic disorder? That’s the goal of a new data tournament created by Robert DeRubeis and Zachary Cohen of the University of Pennsylvania that will start in October and run through March.
Penn Ph.D. Student Blends Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation and Ethics
September 14, 2017
Kasey Diserens, a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, always wanted to find a way to link her interests in economic and social development with her passion for archaeology and ethics.
Penn Team Takes Top Spot in Crime Forecasting Challenge
September 8, 2017
As part of a Department of Justice competition, a team lead by Charles Loeffler of the School of Arts & Sciences that included May Ph.D. graduates Pau Pereira and Michael Chirico, created an algorithm that effectively predicts where future burglaries, car thefts and street crime will happen. This type of machine learning, already used by some law enforcement, is becoming more ubiquitous.
Penn Researchers Discover New Law Guiding the Way Humans Perceive the World
September 7, 2017
Laws of perception explain why people see the world the way they do. Psychology researcher Alan Stocker discovered a new such law, confirming a link between how sensitive people are to changes in front of them, what’s called the discrimination threshold, and the perceptual bias, or the amount perception deviates from reality.
University of Pennsylvania Names Calvin Bland Fellows
September 5, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Futures Project (PFP) has named three Calvin Bland Faculty Fellows to collaborate on research for boys and young men of color.
Hurricane Season and Relief Efforts: Expert Comment From the University of Pennsylvania
August 31, 2017
Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.
A Conversation with Peter Dougherty, 2017-18 Fox Family Pavilion Scholar and Distinguished Senior Fellow
August 31, 2017
Peter Dougherty, the Fox Family Pavilion Scholar and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program talks about his fellowship, his return to Philadelphia after 12 years directing Princeton University Press, and the future of scholarly books in the world of publishing.
Penn Doctoral Student Conducts Anthropological Study of Science
August 30, 2017
Growing up in Indianapolis, Lizzie Oakley’s family didn’t take beach vacations. Instead, they traveled to historic sites and explored state parks and antique shops around Indiana. This, says the Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, inspired her to pursue a career related to history.
Wolf Humanities Center 2017-18 Forum Examines “Afterlives”
August 24, 2017
The Wolf Humanities Center, which now has a permanent endowment from University of Pennsylvania alumnus Dick Wolf, multiple Emmy-winning creator of the “Law & Order” and “Chicago” branded series, is building upon the tradition of the Penn Humanities Forum through a wide-ranging 2017-18 season.
Penn Researchers Link Technologies and Rejection of Wife-beating Justifications
August 17, 2017
Women with technologies like computers and mobile phones in their homes are more likely to reject justifications for wife beating, according to new findings from Susan B. Sorenson and Lauren Ferreira Cardoso of the University of Pennsylvania.