January 9, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Keith Horvath Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine - San Diego State University
Penn CFAR Seminar Series | Location: Class of '62 Auditorium, John Morgan Building
HIV Grand Rounds
January 15, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Adam Marblestone Research Scientist at Google DeepMind - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences Seminar | Location: 3620 Hamilton Walk, Room 140
January 15, 2020 5:30 PM
Angela Davis Civil Rights Activist, Scholar, Philosopher, Author
Location: Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The Center for Africana Studies, the Office of the Provost, and the Black Alumni Society

The 19th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice proudly presents Angela Davis and Gina Dent in conversation with Margo Natalie Crawford, Professor of English and Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence.

January 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Kasey Diserens Morgan Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology - University of Pennsylvania
Latin American and Latino Studies Internal Speaker Series | Location: LALS Conference Room, McNeil 473
January 23, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Anders Humlum PhD Candidate in Economics - Princeton University
Location: PCPSE 100
January 24, 2020 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Timnit Gebru - Google, Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team
Location: Robertson Hall, 8th Floor, Jon M. Huntsman Hall

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January 27, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Helen Pho Associate Director, Graduate Students and Postdocs - University of Pennsylvania
Location: Grad Center 305

Are you interested in careers beyond the tenure-track? Not sure where, how, or when to start? This workshop will focus on the job search process for jobs outside of academia. While there are many possible career paths for PhDs in the humanities and social sciences, we will discuss aspects of the job market that are widely applicable to many different industries and careers. Dr. Helen Pho from Career Services will present on the key resources, tools, and knowledge you need to start a job search outside of academia, followed by Q&A. This workshop will address the following topics for you to get started as early as this semester:

  • How should PhD students prepare to apply to jobs?
  • What is a reasonable timeline for applying to jobs?
  • What resources do PhD students have at Penn this semester that can help them in their search?

There will be FREE LUNCH so registering in advance is appreciated for a head count!

January 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Hiro Nishikawa EDC Vice-Governor - Japanese American Citizens League, Philadelphia Chapter
Asian America Across the Disciplines Speaker Series | Location: Cohen Hall 392
January 29, 2020 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: The Study, 20 S. 33rd Street

Please join us for LDI's Annual Health Policy Retreat, an event exclusively for LDI Fellows to come together to stimulate interdisciplinary research, foster campus-wide interactions, and networking with colleagues, old and new.

This year’s day will feature 5-minute lightning talks and a poster session with Fellows presenting current research and initiatives, a conversation on health care reform proposals between Zeke Emanuel (Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, and Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor at Penn) and Robert Moffit (Senior Fellow, Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation), and a hands-on session on successfully pitching your research to the media led by Dan Gorenstein, founder of the new podcast Tradeoffs. The event is free of charge, but please register by January 10th.  Please note, this event is open to LDI fellows only.


8 – 8:30

Welcome, Rachel Werner, Executive Director of LDI

8:45 – 9:30
Lightning Talk Session #1: Vulnerable Populations

  • Shoshana Aronowitz - Assumed Criminality and Other Factors that Influence the Receipt of Pain Treatment by Injured Black Patients: A Mixed-Studies Review
  • Rinad Beidas - Lessons Learned in Transforming Mental Health Care Through Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices
  • Damon Centola - Physician Network Intervention to Reduce Implicit Race/Gender Bias in Clinical Management of Chest Pain
  • Sameed Khatana - Trends in Cardiovascular Mortality and Economic Distress in Communities
  • Harald Schmidt - Implementation of Medicaid Work Requirements: Physicians’ Willingness to Request Exemptions for Vulnerable Populations

9:30 – 10:30
Poster Session and Networking Breakfast

10:30 – 11:15
Conversation on Health Care Reform

  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, and Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy Professor at Penn
  • Robert Moffit, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation

11:20 – 12:05
Lightning Talk Session #2: Coverage and Delivery

  • Hanming Fang - Joint Labor Search, Spousal Insurance, and Health Care Reform
  • Matt Grennan - Physician-Hospital Integration and Medical Technology Pricing and Usage 2008-17
  • Dan Hopkins - Offsetting Policy Feedback Effects: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act
  • Karen Lasater - Valuing Hospital Investments in Nursing
  • Hummy Song - Understanding Nursing Turnover: The Case of Home Health Care

12:10 – 12:25
Break and Pick Up Lunch

12:25 – 1:35
Lunch – Successfully Pitching Your Research

  • Dan Gorenstein, Host and Producer of Tradeoffs Podcast, Former Senior Reporter, Marketplace’s Health Desk

1:45 – 2:30
Lightning Talk Session #3: Public Health Epidemics: Opioids and Violence

  • Austin Kilaru - Participation in a Hospital Incentive Program to Improve Linkage to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Elinore Kaufman - Epidemiology of U.S. Fatal and Nonfatal Firearm Injuries, 2009-2016
  • Anish Agarwal - Scalable Approaches to ‘Right-Sizing’ Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain
  • Doug Weibe - U.S. vs. Safehouse: Philadelphia’s Story on Trying to Open the Nation’s 1st Legal Overdose Prevention Site, and a Community-Engaged Process to Identify a Suitable Location
  • Michal Gilad-Gat - The Tragedy of Wasted Funds and Broken Dreams: An Economic Analysis of Childhood Exposure to Crime and Violence

For more details and registration please contact

January 29, 2020 12:00 PM
Shawn Bushway Professor of Public Administration and Policy - University at Albany, SUNY
Criminology Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395

Crime rates have dropped substantially in the United States, but incarceration rates have remained high. The standard explanation for the lasting trend in incarceration is that the sentencing policy choices from the 1980s and 1990s permanently increased punitiveness: i.e. a long-standing period effect. Our paper examines an alternative explanation that the crime waves in the 1980s and 1990s created cohort differences in incarceration over the life course that changed the level of incarceration even decades after the crime wave. With individual level longitudinal sentencing data from 1972 to 2016 in North Carolina, we find clear evidence that period effects played a relatively minor role in comparison to cohort effects in the secular trends in incarceration. The birth cohorts that reach prime age of crime during the 1990s crime wave have elevated rates of incarceration throughout their observed life course. The key mechanism for their elevated incarceration rates decades after the crime wave is the accumulation of extended criminal history under a sentencing structure that systematically escalates punishment for those with priors. 


January 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jacob Estes Professor, VGTI-Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute - Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University
Location: Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Building
Department of Microbiology
January 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maria C. Abascal Assistant Professor of Sociology - Columbia University
Penn Sociology Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 150

This project addresses two, related assumptions of the growing literature on racial/ethnic diversity and prosocial behavior. The first is that the effects of diversity are symmetric across group compositions (i.e., across majority-majority and majority-minority contexts). The second is that an aggregate association between diversity and prosocial behavior implies that people are individually less likely to engage in prosocial behavior as a function of diversity. Instead, such an association could result from the aggregation of people responding to outgroup share. Both assumptions stem from an elision between the concepts of diversity, i.e., heterogeneity, and minority/outgroup share, which are (a) analytically distinct, and (b) occasionally orthogonal to each other. We illustrate these assumptions and their implications using data on non-emergency calls in NYC.

Maria Abascal is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Her research examines the consequences of racial/ethnic diversity for intergroup boundaries and relations.

January 29, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Adrien Bilal Ph.D. Candidate in Economics - Princeton University
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
January 30, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jason H. Moore Director, Institute for Biomedical Informatics - University of Pennsylvania
Location: John Morgan Building, “Class of 62” 3620 Hamilton Walk
January 30, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sophie Calder-Wang Ph.D. Candidate in Economics - Harvard University
Junior Recruiting Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
January 30, 2020 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Samuel Moyn Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History - Yale University
Reverberations of Inequality | Location: Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 250
The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy
January 31, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Peter Harvey Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology - University of Pennsylvania
Location: Sociology Conference Room, McNeil 367
February 3, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sea-level Rise and Human Migration
Mathew Hauer Assistant Professor - Florida State University, Department of Sociology
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
February 3, 2020 4:30 PM
Ed Nakawatase Board Member - Asian Americans United
Asian America Across the Disciplines Speaker Series | Location: TBD

Hosted by Rob Busher.

For more information about Asian Americans United, click here.

February 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Samip Mallick Co-Founder and Executive Director - South Asian American Digital Archive
Asian America Across the Disciplines Speaker Series | Location: TBD

Hosted by Dr. Fariha Khan.