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How to Make the Internet Accessible to Everyone: An Interview with Destiny Moreno

The University of California Washington Center (UCDC) is a multi-campus residential, instructional, and research center that provides undergraduate students and faculty from the University of California with opportunities to experience Washington’s rich cultural, political and international heritage. Each year, select UC students intern with Members of Congress, the White House, cabinet agencies, advocacy groups, scientific organizations, public relations firms, and the news media.

Building Climate Change Awareness From the Ground Up

In December 2015, 191 countries adopted the Paris Climate Agreement and took it back to their home countries for ratification.  Now, almost a year later, the agreement met the threshold standards for ratification, enabling it to go into effect.  It’s a hopeful time for climate activists, but even with ratification, much could still go wrong in meeting the agreement’s goals.  A vocal minority of climate skeptics refute the science, object to costly mitigation and adaptation efforts, and threaten to unravel recent progress.

Should We Trust the Tap? The Quest for Safe Drinking Water

Flint /noun/: a hard type of rock that produces a spark when struck. In Flint Michigan approximately 8,000 children under the age of six were exposed to unsafe levels of lead through their drinking water. This is perhaps one of the most severe cases of lead poisoning in the United States; and hopefully the spark that ignites significant change to current drinking water safety policies.

Denying the Dying or Protecting the Vulnerable? Compassionate Use of Experimental Drugs

A headline recently caught my eye, “Why the FDA shouldn’t bow to parental pressure over Duchenne drug.” The article was about the pending and apparently unlikely FDA approval of a drug called eteplirsen, which was developed for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Different Ways of Knowing: Faith and climate change, morality and conservation

The COP is here. Yet another Conference of Parties to agonize over climate change impacts, who’s responsible, and who’s going to foot the bill. Given past history, I doubt much will change substantially at the COP itself when it comes to formalities and actual decisions (although there has been promising noise with US-China joint statements and the like).

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