Sociocultural Perspectives

Gun Violence and Public Health: For Our Lives, Lives Lost and Lives Forgotten

Seventeen dead in Parkland. Twenty-six dead in Sutherland. Forty-nine dead in Orlando.  Twenty-seven dead at Sandy Hook. Fifty-eight dead in Las Vegas. As death tolls continue to climb and the frequency of mass shootings increase, gun violence has become one of the leading causes of premature death, killing more than 30,000 people and causing nearly…

The Price of Tomorrow’s Plague

The day-to-day grind of saving the world is not glamorous. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a sizeable portion of the work involves testing samples from receiving centers, crunching data and finding out if a grocery store’s brussel sprouts or chicken salad has caused the latest salmonella outbreak. Such mundane work in…

Can Bill Nye Save the World?

“Bill Nye Saves the World” is a new show starring Bill Nye, a well-known and popular member of the science education community. The series description claims to “look at topics from a scientific point of view, refuting myths and claims that rebuke science”. Since Bill Nye is influential, this article seeks to investigate Bill Nye’s…

An Interview with Kim Webb: Title IX and Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Issues of sexual assault and harassment have been at the forefront of public attention. Numerous reports of sexual assault have been vocalized against high profile individuals such as film producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Ben Affleck. Such accusations inspired campaigns such as the #MeToo hashtag, which encourages survivors of sexual assault to share their stories…

Resolving to Resolve: Mental Health Appointment Wait Times on Campus

While discussions about mental health are becoming more open and common, we still have a lot to learn on university and college campuses about how to best maintain that health and prevent illness. Specifically, how do institutions of higher education better deliver resources to the thousands of students who need them? One student at Washington…

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