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An open letter to the United States Congress

by Jessica W Tsai, MD, PhD, Joseph B Keller, PhD, and Fanuel Muindi, PhD Dear Congress, We thank you for your demonstration of commitment to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the recent announcement of an additional $2 billion allocation from now until the end of the fiscal year. President Trump’s recent proposal to […]

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Stories in Science: an Update

Stories in Science has been operational since November 2016. We are happy to announce that the number of visits to our website has continued to grow each month. In fact, the number of visitors roughly tripled between Jan and Feb 2017.  Our most popular published story was by Professor Robert Sapolsky from Stanford University titled […]

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Mission Statement Matters

Mission statements come in all shapes and sizes. They are an important aspect of any organization. Science initiatives and organizations need to have clear and concise mission statements which need to be reviewed frequently because all mission statements have built in assumptions. It is these assumptions that change with time. Consider the following: (1) What does your mission statement […]

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Choosing a residency as an M.D.-Ph.D.

by Jessica Tsai Originally published in Science  So you’re finally finishing your M.D.-Ph.D. Congratulations! You’ve dissected cadavers, devoted hours to sitting in the library studying for exams, and spent many more on your feet seeing patients. You’ve completed many experiments (and failed many more), learned a thing or two about PowerPoint and data analysis, and […]

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Let’s Teach HOW not what to Think

by Fanuel Muindi, PhD  We completely agree with Michelle Obama that we all should Let Girls Learn. The fact that 62 million girls worldwide are not in school is a heartbreak (1). Many point to the lack of resources as the issue, but as Michelle Obama pointed out in her recent CNN article, “often the root […]

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Training: Inspiring young people with stories in science

What is your scientific origin story? When did science first captivate you? Who were the people who truly engaged you in the scientific process and taught you how to think? As scientists, we often forget – and do not share enough – those experiences that inspired us into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in […]

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A Focus on Statistical Math

by Fanuel Muindi  There needs to be a big push to integrate statistical math as early as possible during a child’s education. I think that a strong foundation in math will be absolutely essential for tomorrow’s scientists and other STEM professionals. This is already true now and it will undoubtedly be even more so as […]

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Toward the next generation of graduate programs

by Fanuel Muindi  Originally published by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University HERE The current landscape of graduate training in the biosciences is a topic of much discussion among administrators, faculty, policy makers, and of course, student trainees themselves. Topics include research funding and publishing models, training in rigor and reproducibility, training […]

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Redefining the integration of health literacy in STEM Education

Despite the fact that I knew I wanted to become a health care provider since middle school, I never understood the specifics of social health care programs such as Medicaid and Medicare until I was a sophomore in college taking a class called “American Health Care.” As I sat in this class every week, I […]

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Make science a priority in Haiti

Gandhy Pierre-Louis, PhD This year marks the six-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti. The international community pledged financial support to aid in rebuilding and to orient the country towards the goal of reclaiming the title of  “Pearl of the Antilles”. However, half a decade later, the debate on how […]