Op Ed

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 […]

 
 

Afghanistan’s Presidential Election

Afghanistan’s Presidential Election

BY RYAN NORTON: This Saturday, Afghans will elect their first new president since Hamid Karzai was appointed in 2001. Despite all the resources poured into Afghanistan over the past 12 years, this political transition could ensure the success or failure of the international community’s effort to rebuild Afghanistan. A successful […]

 
 

Cracking the Myth: Why ICD-10 won’t destroy the US Healthcare System

Cracking the Myth: Why ICD-10 won’t destroy the US Healthcare System

BY DANIEL B. SHULKIN: There is reasonable concern among many healthcare professionals that the transition from International Classification of Disease Manuel Volume 9 (ICD-9) to International Classification of Disease Manuel Volume 10 (ICD-10) will create delays in hospital and physician reimbursement. After all, the number of medical procedural codes in […]