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  • A draft of history, a template for the future

    This week’s issue of Science includes a remarkable editorial from Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, that could serve as a first draft of history related to the development of the messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccines. His commentary touches on two policy priorities that have reached an infle… Read More
  • Academia must face anti-Asian bigotry

    This week’s issue includes an Editorial from Jennifer Lee and Tiffany Huang at Columbia University that addresses the devastating situation in the United States around anti-Asian violence and bigotry. Lee and Huang are sociologists who work toward “advancing new democratic narratives of Asian Americans, and placing the study of Asian Americans… Read More
  • No Senator, it’s not theater

    I grew up in the theater. My mom ran the community theater in my hometown and I was the de facto operations person. Theater is a very specific activity. There’s a script, there’s a production plan, and there are deep psychodynamics brought out through dialogue. Theater gives us important ideas and characters like Arthur Miller’s… Read More
  • A conversation with Walter Isaacson, author of “The Code Breaker”

    Biographer Walter Isaacson has profiled a number of eminent scientists of the past, from Leonardo da Vinci to Albert Einstein. In his latest book, The Code Breaker, Isaacson turns his attention to the life and work of a pioneering contemporary scientist—biochemist Jennifer Doudna. I interviewed Isaacson for an editorial we published in this issue… Read More
  • Promoting equity in research

    This week, Science Advances published two articles that inform universities and departments about ways to promote gender equity in science. The pandemic has exerted many challenging pressures on the culture and productivity of scientific research. Over the past year, studies have shown that these effects have been disproportionately borne by parent… Read More
  • It was 20 years ago today

    This week, Science publishes a special issue on the 20th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome. It is a time to remember an important truth about science: that new knowledge always leads to new questions. There was a time when we thought that the complete sequence of the genome would abruptly produce a… Read More
  • Answering the call for leadership

    This week, Science published two editorials that mention the new science appointments made by U.S. President Biden. The team consists of presidential science adviser and nominee for director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Eric Lander, OSTP deputy director for science and society Alondra Nelson, and co-chairs of the President… Read More
  • Supporting the whole student

    This week, Alan Leshner [former chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the publisher of Science)] wrote an editorial on the urgent need to rethink mental health support for students at U.S. universities. His call to get the whole institution involved in supporting the whole student reflects re… Read More
  • Jane Goodall reflects on 60 years at Gombe

    On 14 July 1960, Jane Goodall arrived in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park to study chimpanzee behavior. What she learned there would change our ideas about science and alter forever the way we think about and study nonhuman primates. I interviewed Dr. Goodall for an editorial we published today that reflects on the… Read More
  • AAAS is observing #ShutDownSTEM tomorrow

    In the wake of the most recent murders of Black people in the United States, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the publisher of Science) is supporting #ShutDownSTEM tomorrow, 10 June. The effort seeks to set aside time for white and non-Black people of color in science and academia to devote time… Read More