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Opinion: Tales from the Nonacademic Career Path

By Anna Kriebs | September 3, 2017

Graduate students from The Scripps Research Institute share how they prepared to enter policy, law, biotech, and beyond.

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Overseeing assistant professors tasked with teaching freshmen how to conduct research revealed crucial gaps in STEM doctoral education. 

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Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands

By Michael W. Beck and Siddharth Narayan | August 31, 2017

Conservationists and the insurance industry team up to model the economic benefits of marshes during hurricanes.

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Opinion: Science, Meet Politics

By Miriam R. Fein | August 23, 2017

The events of the past six months have inspired advocacy for the first time.

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image: Opinion: We Need a Replacement for Beall’s List

Opinion: We Need a Replacement for Beall’s List

By Michael Mimouni, Eyal Braun, Francis B. Mimouni, Daniel Mimouni, and Eytan Z. Blumenthal | August 15, 2017

Although the popular blacklist of predatory publishers is gone, the suspect journals they produce are not. 

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image: Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

By Timothy Caulfield | July 25, 2017

Is the deep uncertainty surrounding fundamental legal and ethical norms putting biobanks in a precarious position? 

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image: Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling

Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling

By Jacelyn Rice and Paul Westerhoff | July 11, 2017

Modeling gives insight to the critical role of streamflow conditions when assessing the concentrations of endocrine disrupting compounds.  

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image: Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions

Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions

By Meredith Richardson and Praveen Kumar | June 30, 2017

The inclusion of soil nutrient fluxes is critical for more-accurately assessing the societal value of ethanol biofuel vs. corn feed.

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image: Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate

By Stephan Guttinger | June 6, 2017

Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.

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image: Opinion: Address Taxonomic Skew

Opinion: Address Taxonomic Skew

By Malcolm F. Rosenthal and Maydianne C.B. Andrade | May 30, 2017

The domination of model organisms and charismatic megafauna in the literature is a disservice to the life sciences.

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