Posts tagged ‘health care’

The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 11, 2013

urschel_1“Academic Heisman” to Urschel: What else is there to say about John Urschel? The “mathematician/guard,” as the headline on this USA Today story called him, received a particularly prestigious honor Tuesday night—the William V. Campbell trophy, given to college football’s top scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation. (If you need a refresher, one of the earlier long profiles about Urschel, by Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record, is good reading.) Steven J. Hatchell, president and CEO of the National Football Foundation, said that Urschel “represents everything that is right about college football.” At this point, let’s just hear from Urschel ’12, ’13g himself: Click here for this acceptance speech. It is, of course, terrific.

Workin’ on the railroad: I’m not a huge fan of Google alerts, but I will admit that when they work, they are amazing. I did not know that Penn State Altoona is the only university in the country offering a four-year degree in rail transportation engineering until I read this piece from Progressive Railroading, which details the program and why it’s important: “Penn State launched the degree three years ago at the urging of railroad and transit executives who noted the need for more education and training designed for future railroaders.” Three years ago, the program enrolled its first nine students, and with a little word of mouth, they’ve got 19 more freshmen and sophomores.

Health care back in the news: The Faculty Senate met Tuesday, and the hot topic was Penn State’s health care program, which received national attention this fall, first because it used sticks rather than carrots to spur employees toward healthy habits, then because of the controversy over whether employees were required to disclose too much personal information. That program was modified, and the university has appointed a committee to examine the issue, but the Faculty Senate still isn’t thrilled with how the committee is constituted.

Nearing the end: President Rod Erickson seems to be doing a series of end-of-semester interviews; he spoke with with Christian Heilman of the Centre County Report, and an interview with him is the top story in today’s Collegian. He says his final semester as president will be “bittersweet.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor


December 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 19, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

A healthy decision: Penn State has reversed course on its plans to fine faculty and staff who don’t provide personal health information and submit to screenings as part of the university’s new wellness plan. The story had become national news in recent weeks as faculty members and outside health care experts weighed in; the university’s decision to suspend a $100 monthly fine for noncompliance with the plan made the front page of the Business section of Thursday’s New York Times.

Shining light on dark matter: A Penn State research team believes it has discovered the origins of genomic dark matter. The findings, (more…)

September 19, 2013 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 16, 2013


From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

Shrine dedication: The Nittany Lion Shrine opened a few weeks ago after a summer of renovations—mostly to its “habitat,” if you will—but it was officially dedicated Friday. The stonemason said his goal was to create a “stoney, mountain-y environment.” The Daily Collegian has the coverage here.

A romantic at heart: Turns out that the Blue Band’s feature twirler, Matt Freeman, is as smooth off the field as he is on it. (more…)

September 16, 2013 at 10:05 am 4 comments

Giving Credit to Dr. Jay Parkinson

31_32_hellohealth03_zSwitching between my stations on Pandora radio this morning, I was doing my best to ignore one of the occasional commercials when I realized that I recognized the voice coming through my computer speakers. I opened the Pandora window and clicked on the link to see an ad for a major credit card company; on its site was a series of short video features on small-business owners who use the company’s service to manage their business finances. The voice I heard on that ad? None other than Jay Parkinson ’02, the innovative Brooklyn doctor we profiled in our March/April 2009 issue.

I was initially reluctant to post this (our blog isn’t a place we usually promote corporate advertising) but I thought the angle was too relevant to pass up—not to mention incredibly timely. With the House of Representatives on Saturday passing a health care bill that may or may not make it out of the Senate, Parkinson’s imaginative, tech-friendly approach to solving much of what ails American health care seems all the more relevant. Knowing what I know of his business savvy—the scope of his medical practice, Hello Health, seems to grow and evolve almost daily—I’m not at all surprised to see him partnering with a major financial player to help publicize his work. As he was when we first heard about him, Parkinson (whose blog you can follow here) remains a guy whose ideas bear watching.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

A Funny Moment with Howard and Karl

The politically polarized nature of any discussion on American health care was on display Tuesday night at University Park, when Republican strategist Karl Rove and former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean debated the topic at Eisenhower Auditorium. The event, part of the Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series, provided some entertaining moments. Tony Madonna, a Penn State undergrad and aspiring photographer, captured this one: the moment when Rove, apparently disagreeing with Dean about the costs associated with reform, pulled out a prop to emphasize his point.


Entertainment value aside, the debate doesn’t appear to have solved anything. As one student told the Daily Collegian afterward, “I thought it was a circus… there were no winners, just varying degrees of loss.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm 2 comments

Dr. Jay Takes Off

jayparkinson_6980b_smallIf you haven’t already seen it, our March/April issue features a profile of Jay Parkinson, a 2002 Hershey Medical School graduate who recently started an innovative medical practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. The piece (written by Brooklyn-based writer Michael Weinreb ’94) does a pretty good job explaining Parkinson’s innovative approach to health care—an approach that has earned him tons of attention (from the New York TimesVillage Voice, and GOOD Magazine, among many others), lots of admirers, and more than a few skeptics.

I met Parkinson about 18 months ago doing some initial reporting on this story, and while I lack the expertise to evaluate the merit of all his ideas, I can absolutely vouch for his commitment to finding creative ways to improving American health care. Agree with his approach or not (he doesn’t take health insurance and rails against the insurance and pharmaceutical industries), one of the things you have to admire about Parkinson is his accessibility; it’s one of the cornerstones of his practice, Hello Health, where patients can IM, email, call, or text Parkinson or one of his colleagues at anytime and expect an almost immediate response.

It’s only fitting that such a plugged-in doc has his own, very active blog, on which he gives his take on health care issues, promotes cool Web 2.0 resources, and recommends movies and music he likes.

Our favorite recent post? This one, of course.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm 2 comments

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