Words, evidence, science and vulnerable populations – they’re all intertwined

Last Friday, The Washington Post reported a disturbing story regarding a list of “seven banned words,” purportedly a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) policy. The list was particularly disturbing because the prohibited words – diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, science-based, transgender and vulnerable – are ones frequently used in public health. The story precipitated… Read More

Addressing discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

[This post is adapted from a memo on sexual harassment sent Dec. 5, 2017, to Gillings School faculty, staff and students. – BKR] Context for discussions about sexual harassment. Over the past several months, complaints about sexual harassment, assault and sexual misconduct have reached a crescendo in the news, calling… Read More

Graduate students speak out about proposed change to federal tax plan

Gillings School students organize to be heard Graduate students are speaking out about the damage that will result if the draft federal tax bill moves forward without modification – and their protests are important. Sections of the bill are related to deductions for tuition waivers, stipends and graduate student work… Read More

At gunpoint in our garage

My husband could have been another gun statistic. I’ve written multiple blog posts about gun violence, among many other public health topics. I believe strongly, based on data from this country and much of the rest of the world, that the problem of gun violence is multifactorial and its solution… Read More

Thanksgiving 2017

Being grateful Yesterday, a faculty member at another university, an extraordinarily accomplished woman with whom I worked a number of years ago, called to talk about what I have liked and disliked about being… Read More