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Column: Facts, differing perspectives necessary for political engagement

Column: Facts, differing perspectives necessary for political engagement

For most of the past decade, The Washington Post has had a section on its website called the Fact Checker. Primarily used to monitor the statements public officials make, it has been a solid source for verifying whether politicians are actually saying things that are, you know, at least partially grounded in the truth. And for nearly a decade, it has done admirably well at its job, rating statements on a scale from one to four “pinocchios.”

But then came Donald Trump.

by × September 21, 2016 × 30 comments

Columns, Opinion

Gwen Schanker, Editorial Columnist

Column: Ladies need STEM mentors

It’s no secret that women have been historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. For many women of the early 20th century, becoming a scientist wasn’t exactly encouraged. Marie Tharp, a female geologist at a time when women earned less than 5 percent of degrees in the earth sciences, discovered the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Earth’s largest physical feature beneath the ocean floor. However, her finding, which would later play a crucial role in ocean drilling initiatives, was at that time dismissed by a male colleague as “girl talk.” Another victim of this offhand discrimination is British chemist Rosalind Franklin, whose images of DNA in the early 1950s were the first evidence of its double helix shape. However, Franklin received almost no credit for the discovery, which is now primarily attributed to male colleagues James Watson and Francis Crick.

by × September 15, 2016 × 3 comments

Columns, Opinion

Column: Trigger warnings support freedom of speech

Column: Trigger warnings support freedom of speech

Two weeks ago, the University of Chicago found itself in the center of national debate after Dean of Students John Ellison sent a letter to incoming freshmen condemning the use of trigger warnings and safe spaces.

by × September 7, 2016 × 1 comment

Columns, Opinion, Political Blog

Column: Bernie or Bust could help Trump

Column: Bernie or Bust could help Trump

You are on a boat. Its captain brings everyone on deck together and makes an announcement. As the leader of the boat, the captain has set a course for the foreseeable future. However, some of your fellow passengers are unhappy about the direction the captain has chosen for the vessel. It is about 20 degrees off the direction they hoped to go in—and they are pissed. And that’s fine. People disagree; people have opinions they feel strongly about. That is simply a fact of life. But the people unhappy with the captain’s decision decide this simply won’t do.

by × August 3, 2016 × 139 comments

Columns, Opinion

Gwen Schanker, Editorial Columnist

Column: Ocean drilling poses challenges in more ways than one

By Gwen Schanker, editorial columnist During my six-month internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), I wrote about a number of exciting questions that oceanographers attempt to answer in their research. The researchers I covered ranged from a doctoral student who studies shark behavior to a pair of physical oceanographers […]

by × July 28, 2016 × 1 comment

Columns, Featured Content, Opinion

Column: More than 350 were killed during Ramadan, and we barely noticed

Column: More than 350 were killed during Ramadan, and we barely noticed

Ramadan is about righteousness. Ramadan is about learning to empathize with the suffering of others. Ramadan is about stripping down the material parts of yourself to bring forth kindness and devotion. Ramadan is about family.

by × July 7, 2016 × 15 comments

Columns, Featured Content, Opinion

Gwen Schanker, Editorial Columnist

Column: Interdisciplinary research a collaborative effort

As a person who prides herself on having a strong vocabulary, I have always had a particular interest in unusual adjectives. Some of my favorites include pompous, effervescent and volatile. In the past three years of my college career, the term interdisciplinary has loomed large, particularly since my studies combine two very different disciplines: Biology and communications.

by × June 29, 2016 × 7 comments

Columns, Opinion

Column: No words for the tragedy in Orlando

Column: No words for the tragedy in Orlando

There is no way this column could be focused on anything but the tragedy in Orlando.

When 49 people are murdered and 53 more are injured at an LGBTQA+ club for nothing more than existing at the wrong place at the wrong time, all other topics and problems and discussions fall to the wayside. This was the deadliest shooting in United States history, and not writing about it would be almost disrespectful.

But what is there to say?

by × June 15, 2016 × 29 comments

Columns, Opinion

Gwen Schanker, Editorial Columnist

Column: Climate change communication crucial

About two months ago, when I was getting ready to register for fall classes and face the fact that my co-op couldn’t last forever, I stumbled upon a journalism elective titled “Climate Change Communication, Energy Politics and Journalism.” As an aspiring scientific communicator, I was immediately intrigued and emailed the professor, Matthew Nisbet, asking for a class description. Nisbet, who is the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication and therefore an established climate communication expert, described how the class, if it ran, would use a combination of writing and discussion to address controversies like nuclear power and climate change denial.

by × June 8, 2016 × 25 comments

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Column: Clinton betrays climate in accepting big oil funds

Column: Clinton betrays climate in accepting big oil funds

In what has quickly become an infamous video, Hillary Clinton blasted a woman who had asked her about campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. Clinton claimed these accusations were lies put forward by the Bernie Sanders campaign. Later, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” she said “I feel sorry sometimes for the young people who, you know, believe this. They don’t do their own research.”

by × April 14, 2016 × 47 comments