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Podcast: Pipelines & Science Budgets

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By: Ian McLaughlin & Liana Vaccari



References: Pipelines: https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/PipelineBasics.htm?nocache=2436https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/construction/index.htm?nocache=7276https://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wy/information/NEPA/cfodocs/greencore.Par.40103.File.dat/PODch3.pdfhttps://www.fractracker.org/2016/06/introduction-oil-gas-pipelines/https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/dakota-access-pipeline-is-back-on-skipping-environmental-reviewhttps://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/permits/hcp/nisource/2013NOA/pdf/NiSourceHCPfinalAppndxJ_HDD.pdfhttps://daplpipelinefacts.com/

Science Budget: https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/CRCB/IDeA/Pages/default.aspxhttps://www.statnews.com/2017/03/28/budget-nih-cuts/http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/trumps-first-budget-analysis-and-reactionhttps://www.axios.com/trump-proposal-would-slash-nih-funding-this-year-2333226759.htmlhttps://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-28/white-house-proposes-large-cuts-to-nih-r…

UPenn Scientists Are Investigating Better Treatments for Sarcoma Tumors

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by Adrian Rivera-Reyes and Koreana Pak
Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are rare cancers of the connective tissues, such as bone, muscle, fat, and blood vessels. Soft and elastic, sarcoma tumors can push against their surroundings as they grow silent and undetected. Residing in an arm, torso, or thigh, it can take years before a sarcoma begins to cause pain. By the time a patient presents their tumor to a doctor, amputation may be unavoidable1.
In 2017, it is predicted that 12,390 Americans will be diagnosed with sarcoma, and approximately 5,000 patients will die from these tumors2. But the vast majority of these patients aren’t dying from the first tumor in their arm or leg—the real danger is metastasis, which is responsible for more than 90% of cancer-related deaths3-5.
Metastasis occurs when tumor cells leave their original site and colonize a new area of the body, such as the lungs, liver, or bones3-5. The current treatment options for sarcoma—surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation—are not v…

The arguments for and against a graduate student union at Penn

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Hosted By: Ian McLaughlin






For more information about each of these two groups, please visit: GET-UP (pro graduate student union): http://upenngetup.pa.aft.org/ Against this graduate student union effort: https://nopennunion.org/

Podcast: What is Science Diplomacy?

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By: Ian McLaughlin & Enrique Lin Shiao



Podcast: Contacting Congress, 21st Century Cures, & Antibiotics

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By: Ian McLaughlin & Liana Vaccari





Antibiotic resistance, policy and prevention By: Liana Vaccari

What are antibiotics? Antibiotics, which might also be called antimicrobial or antibacterial agents, are chemicals that can disrupt the life-cycle of bacteria in a few different ways; some actively kill the cells, others prevent them from reproducing, and others inhibit their ability to metabolize energy sources.  Over the years, they’ve been used for everything from strep throat to pneumonia1, but use has recently been dialed back because bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics that currently exist. One reason this has become an issue is that discoveries of new antibiotics can’t keep pace with the ability of the bacteria to resist old ones because developing new drugs is a long and expensive process.2,3 Early this year, a woman died of an infection caused by a strain of bacteria that none of the 26 antibiotics available in America could clear.4 This is pretty unusual and alarming …