Who Has the Power to Cultivate Scientific Knowledge: A Question So Deeply Ignored

Written by Varshini Odayar and Ria Parikh A simple Google search for “papers on the COVID-19 vaccine” reveals pages of numerous journal publications in highly-cited journals such as Nature, Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicine among others. As one may expect, the production of such highly influential scientific knowledge also brings much acclamation and honor for the contributing authors. Such an array of journals … Continue reading Who Has the Power to Cultivate Scientific Knowledge: A Question So Deeply Ignored

Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

Written by Ananya Kodali, Dipika Pujara, Priya Mahableshwarkar On March 3, 2021, Texas’ mask mandate, which had been in place for eight months, was repealed by Governor Greg Abbott. This means that there is no longer a government incentive in place for businesses in Texas to require face coverings on their premises. In the 20 days that followed, Abbott’s decision elicited a mixed reaction from … Continue reading Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

How Do You Start a Revolution?

We spoke to a student organization called Vex Ed India, a social media-based sex education initiative that was created and launched during lockdown. The work done by these student leaders serves as a reminder that activism can be used to foster a sense of community and redirect lockdown-frustration into positive change. Continue reading How Do You Start a Revolution?

Answering Questions: A Guide to Biden’s Plan for Healthcare

Written by Hansa Doppalapudi With United States citizens on the cusp of experiencing a drastic change as the power of president transfers to President Joseph R. Biden, the most pressing issue of the 2020 election still remains: What is the new president’s plan for healthcare? As promised, President Biden has spent his first few weeks in office signing executive orders to implement his ideas–on his … Continue reading Answering Questions: A Guide to Biden’s Plan for Healthcare

How Racism is Killing America’s Unborn

Written by Segen Ghebrendrias and Zainab Faisal Racism is often perceived as a force that can reach individuals as soon as their lives begin. The pervasive nature of racism disproportionately favors some communities, preventing them from experiencing life to its fullest. Racial inequalities have been at the forefront in analyzing healthcare disparities plaguing America’s healthcare system. But why do we often ignore the effects of … Continue reading How Racism is Killing America’s Unborn

Immigrant Detention Facilities and COVID-19

Written by Kira Nagoshi and Akila Muthukumar Introduction Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s hostile immigration rhetoric and harsh family separation policies met a wave of public outrage in 2016-2018 as human rights violations at the U.S.-Mexico border came to light. However, this temporary spike in widespread media coverage of detention centers has dissipated in the last few years despite persistent abuse and mistreatment. Although other … Continue reading Immigrant Detention Facilities and COVID-19

The Dark Past of Clinical Trials and what that Means for Science Today

Written by Blair Hoeting Research is an integral part of science. It is how we learn more about the world around us and what will get us through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, over the course of history, and as recent as less than 50 years ago, some research studies have committed horrible atrocities against its victims. This includes atrocities committed against minorities and low-income populations. … Continue reading The Dark Past of Clinical Trials and what that Means for Science Today

COVID-19 and Mental Health: From Students to Society

Written by Brooke Allnutt We all know COVID-19 has had a profound impact on important aspects of our lives, especially our health. Not only have many lives been lost, but deferred treatment due to concerns about the virus has worsened pre-existing health conditions. In addition, COVID-19 has brought to light many problems in our country, one of which is a mental health crisis, exacerbated by … Continue reading COVID-19 and Mental Health: From Students to Society