Category Archives: Opinions

The Paradox of “Pests”

Less familiar to you may be nuisance animals such as dolphins that have learned to steal fish from fishermen, macaques that barter with tourists’ stolen sunglasses in exchange for food, and elephants that disable electric fencing with trees in order to raid a farmer’s crops. Instances of human-wildlife conflict like these are not rare, and they may result in death or injury for animals and property damage or hardship for humans (and in some cases, injury and death).

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Quick Tips on Effectively Communicating Science

As scientists, we strive to communicate our research findings not only because our funding sources encourage us to, but because our results are meaningless if they are not conferred to the public, policy makers, and future generations for them to consider and act on. Last week I was fortunate to attend a talk by Dr. Madeline Sofia, an NPR producer on Joe’s Big Idea, in which she outlined important dos and don’ts for scientists who want to become better communicators.

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Life Lessons From Research

This summer, for example, I drove across the country by myself, oversaw several research assistants I interviewed and hand-picked, navigated new cities, worked alongside awesome elephant keepers– all in pursuit of my dissertation on personality and problem solving in Asian elephants. Not only did I learn more about elephants and their behavior this summer, but I also learned a few things about myself and about life in general:

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In the Spotlight: Global Health Corps Malawi

At the end of my Master of Public Health program, I was determined to work abroad to apply the skill and knowledge I had gained through my maternal and child health focus and my global health certificate. I was very much drawn to the mission of GHC, and how it is a community that values social justice and cross-cultural collaboration. One aspect of GHC that I was particularly interested in is having the opportunity to work with and learn from a national co-fellow, who is also based at your placement organization.

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In the Spotlight: Peace Corps Togo

As an EAFS volunteer, I don’t really have a “typical day”. Some days I am building a permaculture garden and surveying the tree nurseries of my reforestation team, and other days I am meeting with the women’s cooperative that I helped to create and running my girls club at the middle school.

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