COVID-19 News

Penn Arts & Sciences research and teaching on the pandemic and its far-reaching effects.

May 11, 2020

A conversation with author Angela Duckworth on getting grittier to survive COVID-19

Angela Duckworth, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology
gives some advice on ways drum up the courage and resolve to cope during the pandemic.

May 11, 2020

Regional Roundup

David Barnes, associate professor of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania joined WHYY’s Regional Roundup to discuss a Philadelphia-area quarantine hospital that was used in different pandemics centuries ago.

Source: WHYY

May 11, 2020

At home, but still engaged with STEM classes

While instructional laboratories on campus are closed, students, faculty, and instructors are finding creative solutions for science, math, and engineering courses and projects.

Source: PENN TODAY

May 7, 2020

Diagnosing Russia’s COVID-19 response

Despite the Russian government’s assertions that it has the COVID-19 crisis under control, the outbreak is in the beginning stages in the country and three experts says Vladimir Putin’s political fate may rest on how he responds to the crisis.

Source: PENN TODAY

May 5, 2020

Out of Their Elements

Chemistry faculty adapt to working remotely as the coronavirus stifles lab activity.

Source: OMNIA

May 5, 2020

Coming together to solve the many scientific mysteries of COVID-19

Putting some of their regular research projects on the back burner, researchers around Penn are digging into unknowns about the novel coronavirus from their deep and varied perspectives.

Source: PENN TODAY

May 5, 2020

Engaging with the climate crisis, online

Across a quartet of digital platforms, including one for this week’s Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling convening, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is encouraging public engagement and the pairing of environmental art and science on climate issues.

Source: PENN TODAY

May 5, 2020

Wastes of war

What qualifies as a war, and how does the waste created by war transform the social and physical environment? Historian Anne Berg’s class looks at these two seemingly disconnected concepts.

Source: PENN TODAY

May 5, 2020

Pa. Republicans and Democrats disagree on reopening the economy, but there is a lot they do agree on, survey says

Daniel Hopkins, a Professor of Political Science, recently wrote a report to evaluate if people supported policies like shutting down businesses and ordering everyone to stay at home.

May 4, 2020

‘Rooted in fear’

David Barnes, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, and Ramah McKay, Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science, discuss the historical association of disease, shame, and social stigma.

Source: PENN TODAY

May 4, 2020

Cities and states need aid — but also oversight

Brent Cebul, Assistant Professor of History, recently co-authored an opinion piece saying states need oversight, recalling that federal funding during and after the New Deal ended up hurting cities because of who spent it and how.

May 2, 2020

Did Closing Schools Actually Help?

Robert Aronowitz, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, was quoted in the New York Times in an article regarding school closings during the coronavirus pandemic. 

May 1, 2020

With support from parents, teens forge a path to handle social distancing

Sara Jaffe, a Professor of Psychology, explains that teens have a deep-seated need to be with their friends, but with the help of their parents they can learn to effectively socially distance during the pandemic. 

Source: PENN TODAY

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 hackathon

The Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies hosted its first-ever virtual hackathon earlier this month, tapping both undergraduate and graduate students to tackle real-world, real-time datasets about the coronavirus crisis.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 28, 2020

As society looks for a ‘new normal,’ is antibody testing a way forward?

Jonathan Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics, along with other Penn experts discussed the limitations of commercial antibody tests, how scientists are assessing the true scale of COVID-19 infections, and what studies are being done to see who might now be immune to the novel coronavirus.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 27, 2020

Community in the Time of COVID-19: Pathways for a New Normal in Indian Humanitarianism

Supriya Roychoudhury, a political geographer and analyst at the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, argues that internationalism and domestic attentiveness should be the new Indian humanitarianism.

April 27, 2020

Pandemics and presidential elections

Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, discussed what could happen if the nation is in a national shutdown come Election Day in November.  

Source: PENN TODAY

April 24, 2020

Iran, sanctions, and coronavirus

The United States has faced pressure to ease sanctions to help Iran manage its coronavirus outbreak. Ciruce Movahedi-Lankarani, a doctoral candidate in history, discusses how the sanctions have played into Iran’s energy development and complicated its management of the viral outbreak.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 24, 2020

Alex Chen’s lessons from Ebola

Alex Chen, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, studies emerging disease preparedness.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 23, 2020

Commercial Burglaries and Other Crimes Rise in Philly During Coronavirus Crisis

Richard Berk, Professor of Criminology, was recently quoted in a Philly Magazine article about the increased crime rate in Philadelphia following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: PHILLY MAG

April 23, 2020

The Narikuravars’ Quest for Political Engagement in Perambalur During COVID-19

Cristina-Ioana Dragomir, a 2016 CASI Visiting Scholar, emphasizes that traditionally nomadic communities need the help of local and regional governments to ensure their survival through the pandemic.

April 23, 2020

Inequities in COVID-19 are tragic but preventable

Courtney Boen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, recently co-authored an opinion article in The Hill about the health inequalities that have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: THE HILL

April 22, 2020

‘Disease knows no borders’

From the history of science to medical anthropology, governance, and economics, Penn experts look at the history of global health from different perspectives to see what the future may hold.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis and Afghan Refugees in India

Chayanika Saxena, a President’s Graduate Fellow and doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore, explains that while the coronavirus does not discriminate between the people it affects, our response to it seems to.

April 18, 2020

Long before coronavirus, Philly ran a quarantine center for another deadly contagion

David Barnes, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer discussing the Lazaretto, an old health institution on the Delaware River landing.

April 17, 2020

The optimal immune repertoire for bacteria

Vijay Balasubramanian, Cathy and Marc Lasry Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is a senior author of a research report developing a physical model that describes the optimal amount of ‘memory’ of prior infections that bacteria should have in order to efficiently mount a successful immune response.

April 17, 2020

Penn labs get creative to stay productive, connected

In the face of a pandemic that has shuttered most physical laboratories across campus, researchers have maintained work and social ties through writing, virtual journal clubs, online coffee breaks, and more.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 16, 2020

Beyond Coronavirus, India’s Government Policies Need to Cope with a Larger Health and Economic Crisis

Harsha Thirumurthy, Associate Professor of Health Policy, explains that the threat of the coronavirus in India emphasizes that now is the time for a larger and longer-lasting spending plan and health sector response.

April 16, 2020

Six tips to stay calm, positive, and resilient in trying times

The situation around COVID-19 can be overwhelming, but experts from Penn’s Positive Psychology Center offer advice to get through—or at the very least, get by.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 16, 2020

Is COVID-19 infecting the relationship between the U.S. and China?

Three Penn experts say the relationship between the countries was troubled before the coronavirus pandemic, but the outbreak is exacerbating the preexisting problems.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 15, 2020

Photo Essay | From India to Kentucky, the Penn community shares its quarantine views

 The Daily Pennsylvanian published a photo essay connecting the Penn community through different sights, sounds, and perspectives from all over the world.

April 14, 2020

COVID-19 and lessons for public health

Hanming Fang, Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics and Professor of Health Care Management, weighs in on six public health lessons from the outbreak.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 13, 2020

COVID-19 and the Importance of Improving Civil Registration in India

Aashish Gupta, a doctoral student in demography and sociology, explains that improving health data systems is the most urgent task in the domain of health for India during the pandemic.

April 12, 2020

The Coronavirus Class Divide: Space and Privacy

Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of English, Emily Steinlight, was quoted in the New York Times relating “the peril of proximity” during the coronavirus pandemic to the works of Charles Dickens.

April 10, 2020

Every aspect of the coronavirus pandemic exposes America’s devastating inequalities

Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science who studies health inequality, was recently quoted by Vox in an article about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on “marginalized Americans”.

Source: VOX

April 9, 2020

Is India’s Public Health System Ready to Face the COVID-19 Pandemic?

T. Sundararaman, a CASI 2012 Visiting Scholar, emphasizes that India needs to strengthen it’s public health services to properly deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

April 9, 2020

Should I Shop for Groceries in Person or Order Them Online During the Coronavirus Crisis?

Jonathan Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics, was recently interviewed by Philadelphia Magazine regarding the “moral quandary” of grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 7, 2020

Are We Winning The War Against Coronavirus?

In this virtual discussion co-hosted by Perry World House and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, public health expert and former adviser to the Obama Administration Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel provides a status report on the fight against COVID-19. He also puts forward suggestions for next steps in a discussion with Michael Horowitz, Interim Director of Perry World House, and Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

April 7, 2020

The push for 2020 Census participation, amid a pandemic and data privacy fears

Groups across Penn are working to ensure that college students and hard-to-reach demographics get counted in the once-a-decade tally.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 7, 2020

How can hospitals address scarce resources during COVID-19?

School of Arts and Sciences political scientist and LDI Senior Fellow Julia Lynch has created guidelines for hospitals to allocate resources in times of medical scarcity.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 6, 2020

A quick pivot turns an infectious disease class into timely education

Students in David Roos’ biology course had been studying pandemics. Now they’re learning in real time how public health scientists attempt to understand COVID-19.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 6, 2020

Civilian Technologists Should Assist the State During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Shashank Srinivasan, founder of Technology for Wildlife, talks about the need for civilian technologists to ensure their worker is being used for the good of the nation and not to press people.

How to free up your mind to do what you can - wherever you are

Martin Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology, talks about a lesson to be learned by all students during a shutdown.

Rev. William Barber: This pandemic spreads through the fissures of our society

Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, along with Co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign Rev. William Barber, and activist Sally Kohn offer solutions to the soaring poverty caused by coronavirus.

Source: MSNBC

Could the coronavirus crisis change how we vote, and how politicians campaign?

Political Science Professor Marc Meredith broke down how the coronavirus pandemic might impact voter turnout, campaigning, and the Presidential election later this year.

Source: KYW IN DEPTH

Human rights during the coronavirus pandemic

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, spoke to PWH interim director Michael Horowitz about the importance of centering human rights and about holding governments accountable in a time of pandemic.

Source: PENN TODAY

April 2, 2020

OMNIA Q&A: COVID-19 Outcomes

Kok-Chor Tan, Professor of Philosophy, says the ways in which individuals are affected by the pandemic are a result of a complex tapestry of economic, social, and cultural factors.

March 31, 2020

The Great Depression, the New Deal, and how disasters change politics

History professor Brent Cebul talks about lessons politicians can take from the Great Depression and the New Deal and how disasters like the current pandemic can change politics.

Source: Penn Today

March 31, 2020

Why Asian-American racism is rampant during the coronavirus

Professor of English Josephine Park discusses the history of Asian-American racism in the U.S. and how it connects to today’s use of ‘Chinese virus’ to describe COVID-19.

Source: Penn Today

March 30, 2020

The legal history of epidemics in America

Sarah Barringer Gordon, the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, offers a commentary on American political responses to epidemics past.

Source: Penn Today

March 30, 2020

No, it's not public health versus the economy

Jonathan Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics, examines the relationship between public health principles and economic growth.

March 27, 2020

As Coronavirus Surges, Crime Declines in Some Cities

John MacDonald, Professor of Criminology, comments on how the pandemic is affecting crime rates.

March 26, 2020

How Philly’s neighborhoods can help us understand pandemics

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences, Eugenie Birch of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and Susan Wachter of the Wharton School weighed in on how Philadelphia has historically handled epidemics, how these approaches have shaped the city over time, and what can be done now to manage COVID-19.

Source: WHYY

March 26, 2020

Science/Fiction

“When times get bad,” says Aylin Malcolm, “the medieval world seems more relevant than ever.”
March 26, 2020

A Global Cinema Watch-List

Julia Alekseyeva, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, shares her list of the best works of global cinema available on Netflix.

March 25, 2020

Penn Pandemic Diary

In the coming weeks, Perry World House will post regular entries in a “Penn Pandemic Diary” that will record what undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from around Penn are seeing and feeling during the historic coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

March 22, 2020

Wuhan Lockdown Halted Spread of Coronavirus Across China

Hanming Fang, Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics, and colleagues have released a working paper showing that the lockdown of the city of Wuhan played a crucial role in reducing cases of COVID-19 in other Chinese cities and halting the spread of the virus.

Source: Penn LDI
March 17, 2020

In Ohio, a Republican governor has taken aggressive steps to contain coronavirus before becoming an outbreak hotspot

Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science, discusses the national coordinated policy response to the pandemic.

Human rights during the coronavirus pandemic

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, spoke to PWH interim director Michael Horowitz about the importance of centering human rights and about holding governments accountable in a time of pandemic.

 

Source: PENN TODAY

April 6, 2020

Civilian Technologists Should Assist the State During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Shashank Srinivasan, founder of Technology for Wildlife, talks about the need for civilian technologists to ensure their worker is being used for the good of the nation and not to press people.

April 2, 2020

OMNIA Q&A: COVID-19 Outcomes

Kok-Chor Tan, Professor of Philosophy, says the ways in which individuals are affected by the pandemic are a result of a complex tapestry of economic, social, and cultural factors.

March 31, 2020

The Great Depression, the New Deal, and how disasters change politics

History professor Brent Cebul talks about lessons politicians can take from the Great Depression and the New Deal and how disasters like the current pandemic can change politics.

Source: Penn Today

March 31, 2020

Why Asian-American racism is rampant during the coronavirus

Professor of English Josephine Park discusses the history of Asian-American racism in the U.S. and how it connects to today’s use of ‘Chinese virus’ to describe COVID-19.

Source: Penn Today

March 30, 2020

The legal history of epidemics in America

Sarah Barringer Gordon, the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, offers a commentary on American political responses to epidemics past.

Source: Penn Today

March 30, 2020

No, it's not public health versus the economy

Jonathan Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics, examines the relationship between public health principles and economic growth.

March 27, 2020

As Coronavirus Surges, Crime Declines in Some Cities

John MacDonald, Professor of Criminology, comments on how the pandemic is affecting crime rates.

March 26, 2020

How Philly’s neighborhoods can help us understand pandemics

David Barnes of the School of Arts & Sciences, Eugenie Birch of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and Susan Wachter of the Wharton School weighed in on how Philadelphia has historically handled epidemics, how these approaches have shaped the city over time, and what can be done now to manage COVID-19.

Source: WHYY

March 26, 2020

Science/Fiction

“When times get bad,” says Aylin Malcolm, “the medieval world seems more relevant than ever.”
March 26, 2020

A Global Cinema Watch-List

Julia Alekseyeva, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, shares her list of the best works of global cinema available on Netflix.
March 22, 2020

Wuhan Lockdown Halted Spread of Coronavirus Across China

Hanming Fang, Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics, and colleagues have released a working paper showing that the lockdown of the city of Wuhan played a crucial role in reducing cases of COVID-19 in other Chinese cities and halting the spread of the virus.

Source: Penn LDI
March 17, 2020

In Ohio, a Republican governor has taken aggressive steps to contain coronavirus before becoming an outbreak hotspot

Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science, discusses the national coordinated policy response to the pandemic.

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