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Global Pandemic Widens Achievement Gap Among Students

September 17, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic turning most education remote, achievement gaps widen due to factors like access to technology and learning disabilities.

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The Psychological Toll of Racism

September 16, 2020

When individuals experience racism, it does heavy damage to mental health. Stress, depression and anxiety are a few common effects in which these experiences result.

After shuttering all research since spring, students and teachers alike are now returning to their labs, although mostly continuing to work remotely.

STEM Students Resume Research Remotely

July 30, 2020

Students doing research with mentors from the Natural Science and Integrative Neuroscience departments have adapted to remote work.

UPDATED: Clearing the Air: Addressing The Misconceptions about “E-Cigs”

October 16, 2019

With nearly 1,200 reports of lung disease and 26 deaths across the country, users are left with questions about what an “e-cig” actually is, and more importantly, what the devices are doing to their health. 

Luke Osborn winding down with a Glossier face mask.

What’s Better: Natural vs. Synthetic Face Masks

March 12, 2019

Looking for some post-midterms self-care ideas? Luke Osborn and Aiza Bhuiyan compare and contrast natural and synthetic face masks and provide you with advice on making your own.

With the announced changes to the specialized high school system, the demographics of the school will better reflect those of the city.

We Need to Diversify Specialized High Schools

February 19, 2019

This plan is not meant to racially balance the schools, but rather to desegregate the school system.

Whether you go low-carb or high-carb, studies show you will most likely gain back the weight you lost.

Adopting Healthy Habits: Don’t Diet ’til You Try It

February 5, 2019

It's the New Year, and dieting is all the rage again. However, studies suggest that fad diets don't actually help you lose weight.

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Guy Robinson Ph.D., Fordham’s Resident Pollen Analyst

November 14, 2018

Staff Writer Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) biology professor Guy Robinson, Ph.D., i...

In 2007, 14.6 percent of U.S. college students have used prescription drugs nonmedically. (Photo Via Flickr)

The Opioid Epidemic: Facts and Remedies

September 26, 2018

Opiate addictions date back to antiquity when the ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese used poppy...

Depicted: number of black students in each Michigan school district compared to the respective achievement gap in reading and math performance, measured in Grade Equivalent Units. Zero represents the national average, so a negative numeric value indicates how many grade levels below the mean students in the district are performing.

Equal Access to Education for All: A Civil Rights Issue

September 11, 2018

Imagine this: You walk into your school and are immediately engulfed in temperatures exceeding 90 de...

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The History of Amphetamines: A Story of Abuse and Stigmatization

August 23, 2018

The ancestry of Adderall dates back to 1867 when a Romanian chemist named Lazar Edeleanu unintentionally ...

Heroines of the American women's suffrage movement (Left to right: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott). (EDDIE WELKER VIA FLICKR)

We the People Demand Equal Rights

March 14, 2018

Why should we the people of the United States be treated equally in the eye of the law? Is it because w...