Frontiers - Society

  • August 2009

    Therapeutic Benefits and Risks

    Anthropologist Adriana Petryna charts the expansion of the global clinical trials industry.

    In her new book, When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects, Associate Professor of Anthropology Adriana Petryna takes as her subject the recent history and current state of the clinical trials industry.

  • August 2009

    Reality Check for Checklists

    Sociologist Charles Bosk analyzes the effectiveness of checklists in patient safety.

    Can simple solutions ensure the safety of medical procedures? Sociology professor Charles Bosk cautions that the nexus of science, technology and culture in the healthcare setting is anything but simple.

  • July 2009

    The New Entrepreneurs

    Recent College graduate Oscar Benitez sheds light on the economy of Mexican business ownership in South Philadelphia.

    During his sophomore year, Urban Studies major Oscar Benitez, C’09, received a grant from Penn’s Institute for Urban Research to study the domestic economy of a small but growing immigrant Mexican community in Philadelphia.

  • June 2009

    Law and Reconciliation in Rwanda

    Graduate student Kristin Doughty studies how perpetrators and victims coexist in post-genocide Rwanda.

    In the summer of 2004, Kristin Doughty, an anthropology doctoral student in the process of conducting pre-dissertation research, was having lunch with her friend Eugenie in an open-air restaurant in southern Rwanda.

  • May 2009

    Running on Empty

    College students produce prize-winning video on student awareness of the national debt.

    In a three-minute online video called Man on the Street 2, an interviewer’s voice asks, “Do you know what the current size of the national debt is?”

    A self-consciously stiff college student on camera responds, “Three-trillion dollars?”

    “Well, actually the answer is ten-trillion dollars,” the voice declares.

  • April 2009

    The Health of a Nation

    Graduate student Neil Mehta’s demographic research reveals surprising findings on issues of obesity and immigrant health in the U.S.

    By most measures, the health of people in the United States has been improving over the years.

  • April 2009

    Balancing Act

    Historian Richard Beeman’s new book explores the making of the American Constitution.

    In his new book, Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, Professor of History Richard Beeman provides a day-by-day account of the struggle to create a frame of government unlike anything the world had ever seen.

  • March 2009

    Virtual Mummy

    Undergraduate Samantha Cox takes a new look at museum specimens using CT scan technology.

    Samantha Cox, anthropology major and junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has spent the past three years helping researchers at the Penn Museum develop a virtual museum of its physical anthropology collection.

  • March 2009

    How to Get Out of Iraq

    Political science scholar and international adviser Brendan O'Leary maintains that the Iraq constitution offers the best framework for stability and democracy.

    Brendan O’Leary thinks the best thing for Iraq and its neighbors is not a strong Baghdad-based government but a decentralized federation of provinces. In fact, that’s what the Iraqi Constitution calls for. 

  • March 2009

    Archaeology Matters

    Archaeologist Jeremy Sabloff's new book argues for the modern-day relevance of studying the long-ago and faraway.

    Environmental sustainability, population growth, urban blight—these pressing dilemmas seem distinctly contemporary. But Jeremy Sabloff, the Christopher H.