Science and Culture

Allison Davis: Forgotten black scholar studied – and faced – structural racism in 1940s America

Article by David Varel, Case Western Reserve University Photo: Allison Davis, circa 1965. Courtesy of the Davis family. When black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926 (expanded to Black History Month in 1976), the prevailing sentiment was that black people had no history. They were little more than the hewers of wood and […]

Climate Change Science and Culture

Puerto Rico: A “Canary in the Coal Mine” for Climate Change

By Janice Cantieri This article originally appeared in Medill Reports Chicago, December 7, 2016. Republished with permission. In Alexi Correa’s coastal town of Loiza, Puerto Rico, families are raising their furniture on milk crates and building second floors onto their concrete homes to adapt to frequent flooding caused by sea level rise. They are witnessing […]

Science and Culture

The Rise of Next Gen Science

Interview with Aaron Pomerantz By Kristina Aluzaite Investigating obscure and undiscovered insect species deep within rainforests with a portable Next Generation sequencer, studying colorful butterfly wing nanostructures, and talking science – that’s how Aaron Pomerantz, the Next Gen Scientist lives. Currently pursuing his PhD in Entomology at UC Berkeley on the topic of structural coloration […]

Conservation Spotlight

200,000 of Peru’s primates trafficked for pet trade or bushmeat yearly

Estimates show that the illegal domestic and international trade in Peruvian primates is dramatically diminishing threatened primate species. By Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa. This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com. (Republished under Published underCreative Commons BY-NC-ND). Peru has 71 primate species, 8 of which are endemic — all are at risk from trafficking; hunters often target the most endangered […]

Travel for Science

7 Things You Might Not Know About India

By Ben Lybarger While many people imagine India to be an exotic yogic wonderland where existential fulfillment flows from a sonorous sea of heavenly sitars, others have a much darker and equally unrealistic view. Many of the headlines that infiltrate the Western consciousness have been decidedly negative, featuring everything from sexual harassment to terrorism, and […]