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Keeping People Safe from Chemicals and Chemicals Safe from People

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

From medicine to agriculture chemicals have saved lives, been at the forefront of pioneering innovations, and fed the world. But although chemicals hold promise, their use also bears great risk. It is our responsibility to protect people from chemicals and chemicals from people.On the night of December 2nd, 1984, gallons of cleaning water flowed through the wrong pipes of a Union Carbide...

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Earth Day: Magnolias and Memories

Friday, April 22, 2016

This year, on Earth day, I encourage you not to look at trees from a purely scientific view, but to incorporate that view with one that includes your broader experiences and memories.One of my favorite memories as a child was climbing the magnolia tree that sat off to the side of my father’s house in the U.S. state of Georgia. Its limbs long and reaching, buds and blossoms interspersed...

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Combatting Biothreats At Home and Abroad

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In an article released April 11th, officials claim that Zika virus is scarier than predicted, and more funding is needed to adequately fight it. The CDC is requesting $1.9 billion in order to understand and combat the virus effectively. Looking at the issue through a domestic (U.S. lens), we can see that the Zika virus, using the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a vector for transmission, now threatens...

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