Issues in Science Communication and How to Overcome Them

Written by Ria Parikh & Catherine Xu Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have developed a dependency on the health and science news section to communicate the progress of the pandemic, resulting in an abundance of health related topics in the breaking news. However, this abundance of stories doesn’t necessarily equate to accuracy, creating a plethora of misinformation that can be a danger … Continue reading Issues in Science Communication and How to Overcome Them

Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

Recapping a Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Panel Written by Kira Nagoshi and Hiranya Atreyapurapu Notice for victims of IPV: If you or a loved one is being impacted by intimate partner violence, please do not hesitate to reach out to the following resources. Sourced from the CDC. National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Love is Respect National Teen Dating … Continue reading Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

Written by Catherine Xu, Dipika Pujara, and Jhanvi Desai On February 8th 2021, the Malacanang spokesman announced that the Covid-19 vaccination plan would kickstart on February 15th, 2021. This announcement should be good news, considering that the Philippines has recently surpassed 500,000 cases, ranking second in southeast Asia for the worst response to the pandemic. Preceding this announcement, the government had only given the range … Continue reading The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

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

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

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

The Newest Misinformation Outbreak: Fetal Cell Tissue and the Covid-19 Vaccine

Written by Julia Bulova Controlling the spread of scientific misinformation has been a struggle since the beginning of the pandemic, and this threat to public health has not stopped with the advent of two extremely successful vaccines. In fact, with this new development comes a torrent of damaging information. Among widely disseminated false claims of vaccine-related deaths and extreme allergic reactions, the newest propaganda involves … Continue reading The Newest Misinformation Outbreak: Fetal Cell Tissue and the Covid-19 Vaccine

Could the Pandemic Spark a Telemedicine Revolution?

Necessity is the mother of invention, we often hear. While it is true that telemedicine has been around for decades, the pandemic has seemingly reinvented the breadth of this developing tool. Historically, telemedicine practices have only been implemented in remote areas, where the logistics of routine doctor’s visits are too complex or the sheer number of qualified healthcare providers is insufficient. As the U.S. was … Continue reading Could the Pandemic Spark a Telemedicine Revolution?