For more than 20 years, the University of Pennsylvania has published a yearly magazine titled, Research at Penn, which highlights some of the amazing work of faculty, researchers and students. This year’s edition was just released and it has stories on two PRCCEH members:
- The Effect of Lead on Childhood Stress, Behavior – Jianghong Liu, the Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor in Healthy Transitions in the School of Nursing, has studied the effect of lead on child development for more than a decade, both in Philadelphia and China.
- Housing Repairs Associated with Drop in Crime – Eugenia South of the Perelman School of Medicine, Vincent Reina of the Weitzman School of Design, and John MacDonald of the School of Arts & Sciences have found that investing in structural home repairs in historically segregated, low-income, Black and Latino neighborhoods is associated with reduced crime rates.
Page four of the magazine also has a story on predicting lead toxicity risk in Philadelphia. “In two papers, researchers from Penn developed a lead-toxicity-risk index that identified some of the most-burdened areas of the city, concentrated in North and West Philadelphia, then took a finer-scale look at some of those at-risk communities.”