We might take for granted our knowledge that the earth is round or how electricity works. But these were once debated subjects, and we’re still learning new things about even the foundational aspects of science, things we might take for granted. At its best, science changes because the world changes.
Spring 2021, Features
Dean F. DuBois Bowman
We’ve been watching science change daily during the pandemic. For many, shifts in scientific understandings are a normal part of the process. For others, science’s fluidity provides an access point for criticism. How do we communicate that change is part of the scientific process and lead wherever change is needed?
Conversations with Arnold S. Monto and Emily Toth Martin
From duration of immunity to safety pauses, vaccine experts Arnold Monto and Emily Toth Martin discuss the details of the pandemic and our efforts to bring about its end using vaccines and other measures. How do we know the vaccines are safe and effective? How concerning are the variants? And what about kids?
Joel D. Howell
Using the bodies of African Americans without consent is a dark part of US medical history and part of a much larger issue in this country. Even if these widely documented—and incredibly gruesome—experimentations had never happened, the underlying racism that led us to permit such atrocities must still be addressed.
K. Rivet Amico
Capacity building is a ubiquitous phrase in grant applications, communications, and guidelines for many global health initiatives. Too often the phrase connotes an assumption that “established” US partners build knowledge or practice in “less-resourced” communities. What language can we use to more honestly recognize the value and contributions of all collaborators?
Numbers can help us make sense of our lives, a comforting thing in a world filled with uncertainty. But when faced with harrowing statistics around the pandemic’s toll on human populations, that comfort wanes. Two recent graduates share what they learned when their research became personal.