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Minnesota Scientists, Engineers, Economists, and Health Professionals Support Clean Energy

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Dr. Lee Frelich
Director, Center for Forest Ecology, University of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN

Minnesota has an important opportunity this year to continue its leadership on clean energy.  I, along with 54 other Minnesota scientists, engineers, economists, and health professionals, support requiring 40 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar, by the year 2030. Read More

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You Are What You Eat—And What It Eats Too

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Liz Carlisle
Fellow, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Berkeley, CA

A dozen years ago, a New York Times Magazine article titled “Power Steer” changed the way Americans thought about meat. “We are what we eat, it is often said,” wrote author Michael Pollan, “but of course that is only part of the story. We are what what we eat eats too.” Read More

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For Some, Climate Change Already Means Adapting or Saying Goodbye

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Nicole Hernández Hammer
Consultant, Union of Concerned Scientists

Florida

As the changing climate continues to transform the American landscape, we are beginning to realize the many ways in which our day-to-day lives and those of future generations will be different. Read More

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Preventing Asthma: Searching “Upstream” for the Evidence

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Felix Aguilar, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Los Angeles, CA

The buzzing sound of a hand-held nebulizer has become background noise at my clinic. It sounds like a hive of bees moving noisily. Everyday children and adults in South Los Angeles get asthma treatments at community clinics because of exacerbations, also known as asthma attacks. I am a family physician with over a decade of work at community clinics in the poorest areas of Los Angeles. Read More

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Embracing Change: Equipping Ph.D.s for Careers Outside Academia

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Kristen Brown
Northwestern University Presidential Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate

Evanston, Illinois

I grew up in Georgia, where the results from the November 5 midterm elections reflected a victory. Friends back home are celebrating the exciting news of a change in congressional leadership. However, in my current environment working as a chemistry Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, friends distinctly feel the opposite. Read More

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We All Have Something to Contribute: Environmental Justice and the Importance of Place

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Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

I have been a public health nurse for over 35 years! When I say it like that, sometimes I feel and know that I am getting old, very old. But it also makes me realize that I have accumulated a vast amount of experience and expertise, particularly when it comes to the community’s perspective on their health and environment and their resulting needs towards achieving a healthy community. Read More

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Uintas Pika Watch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Middle Schoolers

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Johanna Varner
Ph.D. Candidate at University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

A decade ago, I would have NEVER have believed that I would write the following words, but here they are: I love working with 7th graders! My twenty-something self would have further cringed at the idea of leading dozens of boisterous middle schoolers through quiet mountain landscapes. And yet, here I am, traipsing across alpine boulder fields with 60 of my closest 7th grade friends. Read More

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Going Beyond Investigative Bench Science to Support Community Nutrition

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Megan Meyer, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

In 2013, nearly 15% of US households, or in 17.5 million Americans, were food-insecure. According to the USDA, food-insecure households are defined as those that “have difficulty providing enough food for all family members due to lack of resources.” With this large domestic problem, many communities have developed programs to alleviate food insecurity. Read More

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A Response to Stephen Koonin’s Call to Inaction

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Dr. Kerry Emanuel and Dr. Susan Solomon, Professors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Stephen Koonin’s recent Wall Street Journal op‐ed illustrates the importance of distinguishing scientific fundamentals from numerical details, and keeping the distinction between science and values clear in discussions of risk.   Read More

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The Not-So-Sweet Relief: How The Soda Industry Is Influencing Medical Organizations

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Richard Bruno, MD and Kevin Burns, MD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD

With increasing scrutiny over the dire health consequences of sugar-sweetened beverages, soda manufacturers have turned to obscuring the science, confusing the consumer, and sponsoring medical organizations whose recommendations influence both providers and patients. Unfortunately these corporate partnerships are conflicts of interest that undermine the credibility of the organizations and stymie reform. Read More

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