Keep your finger on the pulse of health news with STAT+

STAT is a health news reporting service that has gained increased visibility during the COVID-19 crisis. Touted by the New York Times in late March as the site that “saw the crisis months ago,” STATCoronavirusSTAT’s profile has been raised as its articles and reporters have been widely quoted in many major newspapers and business publications. In keeping with the importance of the COVID-19 to health news now, STAT has both a COVID-19 tracker linked from the homepage and a news section devoted to coronavirus easily accessible from the top menu.

The tracker, produced in collaboration with Applied XL, provides a dashboard and visualization of trends in cases and deaths worldwide gathered from several international sources. AustraliaCovidEXampleClicking on a country name will often provide a more detailed breakdown by state, province, region or territory, as shown with the Australian example below.

STAT makes some of their articles available to all website visitors, but there are many others under the STAT+ umbrella that are only available to subscribers. To access the subscription content, you need to sign up for an individual account by following the directions that you’ll get after selecting the Connect to full-text option on the STAT+ record in Franklin, the Penn Libraries catalog; you can connect to your account in the future by using the same Franklin link. STAT+ articles are available via the STAT+ button in the top right-hand corner of the screen, but they are also available under the various topics from pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to health technology and artificial intelligence. STAT+ subscribers also have the option to receive STAT’s newsletters via email; there are options covering each of the broad health-related areas that STAT covers, as well as newsletters that are more specific for a particular geography (West Coast, China) or disease (cancer).

Not surprisingly for a publication whose tagline is “Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine,” many Penn experts are cited in STAT or have authored opinion pieces for STAT. Search for “university of pennsylvania” to locate these articles.

Thomson One and Workarounds with the New Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Update

Thomson ONE‘s full features are available only with the outdated Internet Explorer (IE) browser. This makes staying up-to-date on the latest browser workarounds critical to accessing this collection of company information, SEC filings, and analyst reports. Continue reading for details regarding this year’s Chromium-based update to Microsoft Edge.

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Consumer Marketing and COVID-19: Lippincott Library Resources

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COVID-19 has turned the world the world upside down and dramatically impacted the way we behave.  New conditions require new solutions. Some of Lippincott Library’s resources can help make sense of what this means for consumer behavior and marketing. Below is a sampling of some resources and the types of information available.

The COVID-19 guide from Penn’s Biomedical Library provides links to campus, city, state and national resources oriented to the crisis, as well as to areas of emerging research.

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R Craft: Did Your Policy Make a Difference?

Did you (or your company, or your government…) try something new? You’ll want to know whether that change made a difference. Fortunately, the R statistical programming language offers easy-to-run tests that can help you compare performance before and after the policy went into effect.

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Research Spotlight: Foreign competition for shares and the pricing of information asymmetry

The second installment of Research Spotlight, a Datapoints series focusing on research emerging from Wharton that has made use of library resources, highlights a paper co-authored by Wharton faculty member Robert E. Verrecchia. “Foreign competition for shares and the pricing of information asymmetry: Evidence from equity market liberalization” was published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics 67. 

By using the equity market liberalization of several emerging market countries within a ten-year period, this study examines how the degree of competition for a firm’s shares affects the pricing of information asymmetry. Among other resources, the authors used Bloomberg and Datastream to obtain accounting variables as part of their analysis, as well as additional macroeconomic data from Datastream. Bloomberg is the definitive source of information for security pricing, indicative and fundamental data, customized analytics and business news. And, as noted in an earlier post, Datastream is a historical financial database that covers equities, bonds, commodities, exchange rates, company fundamentals and more. 

For more information on these resources, please contact a Lippincott librarian

Research Spotlight: Foreign Experience and CEO Compensation

Welcome to the first installment of Research Spotlight, a series of posts highlighting research emerging from Wharton that have made use of data available through library resources. The inaugural feature will look at an article by Martin Conyon et al., “Foreign experience and CEO compensation,” published in the Journal of Corporate Finance 57. 

In this article, the authors examine the correlation between a CEO’s foreign experience and CEO compensation. This examination included peripheral analyses of whether CEOs with foreign experience have a positive impact on a firm’s performance, as well as if foreign experience affects acquisition performance. Discovering these secondary correlations required the use of stock returns and accounting data derived from Datastream and data on foreign acquisitions from SDC Platinum. Both Thomson products, Datastream is a historical financial database that covers equities, bonds, commodities, exchange rates, company fundamentals and more, while SDC Platinum provides transaction- or deal-level details on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and VentureXpert private equity/venture capital investments.

For more information on these resources, please see a Lippincott librarian

Lippincott Library Resources: Social Impact Investing

Image of Doomsday clock from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists showing that the clock is now at 100 seconds to midnight

I came across some startling statistics recently.

The World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap report claims that, at the current rate of progress, it will take about 108 years to reach gender parity. Here are some surprising related statistics.

Research from the FAO shows that the number of undernourished people in the world has risen since 2015.

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These problems and more have prompted many investors to consider how their investments affect people and the global environment. Investors want to do good while doing well. It seems that impact investing is having an impact and may be worth pursuing. For example, the World Bank notes that the world attained the first Millennium Development Goal target – to cut the 1990 poverty rate in half by 2015 – five years ahead of schedule.

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Reading is fun with Business Trends!

When you’ve got serious work to do, like writing a research paper or preparing for a job interview, Lippincott Library has resources to help. But did you know the library also has a selection of popular books to read for fun? If you’re interested in keeping up with general business topics, or looking for a way to pass the time on your commute, come check out the Business Trends section at Lippincott Library. Business Trends is a rotating collection of popular business books and bestsellers in marketing, management, and leadership.  

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You’ll find the Business Trends section as you’re walking into the library – across from the Information Desk and next to the periodicals. Business Trends has everything from biographies of business titans to management advice, and covers a wide variety of hot-button issues. Whether you want to know about AI technology or fast fashion, the gig economy or organic farming, Business Trends has got you covered.  

Here’s a few examples of popular titles you can find in the Business Trends collection: 

The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek 

Finite games have rules, scoreboards, and boundaries; when the whistle blows and the game is over, there are winners and losers. An infinite game, however, has no such clarity.  There are no rules, no endpoints, and no one goes home with a trophy – but using finite strategies is a sure way to lose. Simon Sinek offers advice on adapting to the infinite game of the business world by developing a resilient and forward-thinking mindset. Good leaders understand how to inspire others and build trusting environments, but Sinek argues that inspiration and cooperation are not enough: truly great leaders must be able to play the infinite game.  

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff 

We live in a data-driven world, and many of us have accepted targeted ads and digital footprint tracking as part of the invisible, inevitable cost of using otherwise free services like Facebook and Google. Shoshana Zuboff delivers a blow to that complacency in her widely-discussed examination of surveillance capitalism, her term for the ominous new marketplace of human behavior prediction – and modification. Gone are the days of totalitarian states and Big Brother; Zuboff argues we now live in the shadow of “Big Other,” as unregulated and opaque private companies are given free rein to collect our data and influence our behavior.  

Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur 

Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, friends and business partners, examine the unique benefits of female friendship in the business world. Sharing lessons from their own personal experience, as well as interviews with other women who have successfully navigated business partnerships, Cerulo and Mazur offer insight into what makes friendship among women in the workplace so special. Highlighting the importance of oft-ignored values like compassion and vulnerability, Cerulo and Mazur present a feminist vision of entrepreneurial cooperation.  

To check out these books (and many more!), stop by the Business Trends section the next time you visit Lippincott Library. With nearly one hundred titles covering a wide array of business topics, there’s sure to be something you’ll want to read. 

Python Pointer: Find Files with os.walk()

Have a mess of files to read into Python? Maybe you downloaded Kaiko trade data, with unpredictable sub-directories and file names, from Penn+Box. Or maybe you’ve dropped TXT, PDF, and PY files into a single working directory that you’d rather not reorganize. A simple script will find the files you need, listing their names and paths for easy processing.

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