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21st Century Budget Cuts 21st Century Skills

Sean M. McCaffery | Senior Research Assistant | The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education & Resilience  In May the Trump administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 was released. The proposal calls for a $9.2 billion spending cut to education. Among its provisions is the elimination of the Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Kamenet, […]

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Book Publication: Journeys in Science

  Our team is thrilled to announce that our first book Journeys in Science: Inspiring the Next Generation has finally been published by Elsevier! The book was authored by our co-directors Fanuel Muindi and Jessica Tsai.    It has been quite a journey since the writing started a little more than 2 years ago. This first book does not contain […]

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Science Outreach: A culture shift still necessary

by Michelle Dookwah, Fanuel Muindi, & Jessica W. Tsai Growing concerns about science literacy in the United States have led to an increased need for science outreach and communication efforts by the scientific community [1]. However, major challenges exist due to the absence of integrated formal training for scientists to conduct science outreach and to […]

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Do we really still need to empower women in science?

by Melanie Seiler, PhD | Biologist, Conservationist, Behavioral Scientist and Founder of The Female Scientist   – The article below was originally published by The Female Scientist on April 27, 2017 –  Are women and men perceived and treated equally in science? Do we still need special programs to support female scientists? This is what science tells […]

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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 […]