Op Ed

Midterm Elections Bring Good News for GOP, Bad News for Climate Policy

Midterm Elections Bring Good News for GOP, Bad News for Climate Policy

#171251746 / gettyimages.com   Barbara Ioannidis   Eyes and ears around the world were on climate change this September during the United Nations Climate Summit. As President Obama spoke of the United States’ progress toward the reduction of carbon emissions by 2020, he promised to meet the target to cut […]

 
 

The Secret Formula for Medicaid Reform: DSRIP+ACO= Better Safer Hospitals

The Secret Formula for Medicaid Reform: DSRIP+ACO= Better Safer Hospitals

Daniel B. Shulkin   In addition to expanding Medicaid and reducing the number of uninsured, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a number of initiatives to expand already existent coordinated care models including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). An additional incentive program, omnipresent in US […]

 
 

Is the U.S. ready to handle Ebola?

Is the U.S. ready to handle Ebola?

#516287193 / gettyimages.com   Kathleen Graham   If you haven’t noticed, Ebola has been in the news recently. The media hype surrounding cases in the U.S. has spun out of control, creating a online frenzy. Personally, I’ve overheard distressed New York City transit riders discussing arming themselves with Lysol to […]

 
 

Would you vote for a president who didn’t speak English?

Would you vote for a president who didn’t speak English?

Stephanie Henning   As I sit in front of my computer on Election Day, waiting for the results of senate races across the country, I can’t help but think about one race that will not be decided today. The Navajo Nation Presidential election has been postponed after candidate Chris Deschene […]

 
 

Oil and Women: Could Keystone XL Impact More Than Just the Economy?

Oil and Women: Could Keystone XL Impact More Than Just the Economy?

Keely Gerhold   The proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would bring energy-intensive oil from Canada’s tar sands through South Dakota, increasing the risk for oil spills, natural resource degradation, and further allowing our dependence on oil to impact climate change. The potential damage to communities impacted by Keystone XL extends […]

 
 

Buy Booze, Save the World?

Buy Booze, Save the World?

Ashley Putnam   What percentage of your income do you spend each week on alcohol? Like many young professionals living in New York City, my average visit to the local watering hole puts a fairly sizeable dent in my pocket. One night at the bar, two or three Manhattan-priced cocktails, […]

 
 

A Global Scientific Community: Reframing the Brain Drain “Problem”

A Global Scientific Community: Reframing the Brain Drain “Problem”

Rosanna Volchok   The December 2013 release of OECD’s 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) findings generated massive media buzz. A blow to the American ego, the results placed American teens 21st in science and 26th in math out of 33 other OECD nations. Devout believers in “American exceptionalism” […]

 
 

The Consumer (That’s You) Food-Print

The Consumer (That’s You) Food-Print

BY JOSE R. NAVARRETE: Think about the last time you threw away a perfectly good piece of food. Did you toss it from your fridge solely based on a “better by” date that had passed? Do you pick your fruits and vegetables based only on how they look? Do you […]

 
 

The Role of Malnutrition in Ethiopia’s Development Future

The Role of Malnutrition in Ethiopia’s Development Future

BY BIANCA GIRAULT: Malnutrition in Ethiopia has dramatic negative effects on children’s life outcomes there. UNICEF reports national trends among children of stunting (44.4%), wasting (9.7%) and being underweight (28.7%). Nutritional indices indicate that there is a lack of iron, iodine, and Vitamin A in Ethiopian foods, which contribute to […]

 
 

Benefit Corporations: A Duty to Whom?

Benefit Corporations: A Duty to Whom?

 “A business corporation is organized and carried on primarily for the profit of the stockholders. The powers of the directors are to be employed for that end.” – Supreme Court Ruling, Dodge V. Ford Motor Company “We have no choice but to harness the power of business to address society’s […]