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The Statistics Behind Holiday Engagements

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I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season, my Facebook feed was full of status updates from friends getting engaged. And of course, each message was accompanied with its own unique announcement photo, ranging anywhere from a glittering hand to said couple’s cat with an “I do” sign. Having seen a similar pattern(...)

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Recent NIH Funding and Moonshot Initiatives: Are they They Helping or Hindering?

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During the final month of 2015, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that would keep the government fiscally solvent into September 2016. Along with large tax breaks, new cyber security programs and ending a ban on oil exports, new appropriations were made for the world’s largest research agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH).(...)

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Words and Their Stories: The History and Future of Two Spirit Communities

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“Where there’s a word, there’s a story. Where there’s a word, there’s a history. Where there’s a word, there’s an experience. And, most importantly, where there’s a word, there’s a person.” - Harlan Pruden Harlan Pruden identifies himself as a Two Spirit member of the First Nations Cree. In the simplest terms, Pruden explains, “Two Spirit is(...)

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Depression in Grad School: What You Need to Know

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While graduate research is often stimulating, fulfilling and rewarding, most graduate students will also experience periods of high stress and frustrating experimental failures or obstacles. Lifestyle choices, such as a healthy diet, exercise, sufficient sleep or meditation, can help students manage stress. However, many graduate students also have symptoms of clinical depression, a serious medical(...)

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Postdocs Seek Alternative Careers as Funding Declines

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It was a long-held belief that, after graduate school, newly conferred doctors would seek out postdoctoral openings in labs where they could focus on furthering their studies, eventually transitioning to a faculty appointment. Though designed to be a temporary position, postdocs came to represent one of the largest and most productive components of the biomedical(...)

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Making a CASE for Sexual Education

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In Baltimore City, teen pregnancy is significantly higher than the Maryland average, with 66.4 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19 in 2007, compared to 33.4 births per 1,000 teens statewide [i]. Baltimore also has a significantly higher rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than the state of Maryland [ii], and teens represent 3.3 percent of(...)

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