Articles by James Tonrey
Machine learning improved Greece’s border screening for COVID-19A Penn professor collaborated with Greek researchers during the summer of 2020 to evaluate the effectiveness of Eva, a machine learning tool designed to track data on travelers’ COVID-19 screening results.
Penn Medicine study finds similar recovery patterns for general and spinal anesthesiaThe researchers who conducted the study examined the common, yet unsupported claim that spinal anesthesia may be safer for patients undergoing surgery for hip fractures.
Penn’s endowment rises a record 41.1% in fiscal year 2021As of June 30, the University’s endowment assets valued $20.5 billion, an increase of $5.6 billion from the previous year.
Penn Medicine researchers successfully test experimental therapy to reverse blindnessA team of researchers at Penn Medicine’s Scheie Eye Institute, led by ophthalmology professors Artur V. Cideciyan and Samuel G. Jacobson, developed the experimental RNA therapy.
Penn Nursing ranked No. 1 in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds for sixth straight yearPenn topped the nursing rankings with 95.5 total quality points, outperforming the nursing programs at King’s College London and Johns Hopkins University, which placed second and third, respectively.
John Legend wins Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship 2021 Alumni Achievement AwardThe award is given to alumni who represent excellence in the Penn and Wharton startup community.
Penn study finds errors in cleaning voter roles disproportionately hurt minority votersStudy authors believe stronger enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act, which prevents states from removing voter registrants from rolls without a clear indication that a registrant has moved or died, might help relieve issues.
Philadelphia faces $450 million budget deficit after financial hardship caused by COVID-19City officials projected that Philadelphia will soon only have enough money in its reserves to run the city for three days.
Penn Law students publish report detailing experience of Black women in the legal fieldThe report explores the effects that bias, representation, and allyship have on Black women in the legal field by evaluating the experiences of Black students at Penn Law.
Penn prof. files lawsuit alleging brutality at protest of police shootingProfessor Anne Berg, who teaches history, was serving as a legal observer when a police officer lunged at her and struck her with a baton.
Biden taps Pa. Health Secretary Rachel Levine for federal post in historic appointmentLevine is currently the face of Pennsylvania's COVID-19 response, serving as the top health official in the commonwealth. She would become the highest-ranking openly transgender official to serve in the federal government.
Phila. prisons under ‘shelter in place’ measures after COVID-19 outbreak in city jailsAfter an outbreak inside city jails caused at least 150 infections, Philadelphia's Department of Prisons adopted shelter-in-place measures and indefinitely canceled prisoner transports to court dates, again prompting concern from prisoners-rights advocates.
Federal judge throws out Trump campaign lawsuit to block certification of vote totals in Pa.In a 37-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann issued a blow against the Trump campaign’s attempts to potentially invalidate the votes of nearly seven million Pennsylvania voters.
Wharton School ranked top business school for finance by Quacquarelli SymondsAmong business schools ranked for their finance specialization, The Wharton School was first in Pennsylvania and in the Ivy League, ahead of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, and Columbia Business School.
Philadelphia reaches its highest number of registered voters in 35 yearsPhiladelphia's percentage of eligible voters is also the highest since 2004, because the city's population has fluctuated. According to a Billy Penn analysis of data from the Philadelphia Office of City Commissioners and the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 90% of all eligible residents are currently registered to vote.
Judge rejects Trump lawsuit seeking to force Philadelphia to allow poll watchersPhiladelphia lawyers argued that because satellite offices are not official voting locations like polling places, poll watchers are not permitted under state law to observe activities there.
Philadelphia city treasurer fired after charges in multiple fraud schemesPhiladelphia Treasurer Christian Dunbar, appointed in 2019, was removed from his position Friday after being charged with fraudulently obtaining United States citizenship through marriage fraud and bank embezzlement from a prior job.
Penn Med study finds nearly one in 10 COVID-19 patients are rehospitalized in Phila. areaAccording to data collected during the first three months of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 outbreak, 4.7% of people sent home after an initial emergency room visit for coronavirus returned to the hospital within just three days.
Annenberg study reveals American civic knowledge increased since last yearParticipants in the 2020 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey were primarily assessed on their knowledge of their First Amendment rights and of the functions of the United States' federal government branches.