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The Fear and Economics of Pandemics
Anne Alexander
Posted Sep 29

Recently, the World Bank issued a report forecasting the economic impacts of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

To become a brilliant PhD... but how will I know when I've actually become successful?
Issel Anne Lim
Posted Sep 08

Americans generally believe that research is important -- but with fewer PhDs getting independent funding and more of them leaving research, trainees should prepare for a broad range of careers in our evolving economy.

Scales of Justice
Shubha Ghosh
Posted Sep 06

One way scientific knowledge is introduced in litigation is during the appeal of a trial. In this situation, scientific facts are introduced through an amicus brief authored by a third party, such as a professional organization, trade association, or academic institution.

Family Tree
Lynn Hull
Posted Sep 05

I’m lucky that my mother’s cousin spent years tracking down our family’s ancestry including photographs, news clippings, and really detailed lineages. But what if he hadn’t and I got the bug to research my family’s past? Would I turn to an online site?

Diana Zuckerman
Posted Aug 11

The media frenzy surrounding the Ebola crisis in West Africa shows that many journalists don’t understand that an experimental drug is just that – a scientific experiment.

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