Protesters gather at Indiana University in June 2021 to demonstrate against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for students, staff and faculty.
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Subtly shifting the crafting and delivery of public health messaging on COVID-19 vaccines could go a long way toward persuading many of the unvaccinated to get the shot.
Parents may want to talk to teachers about their family structure, and what their child calls each parent, before the start of the school year.
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Parents often think about a school’s quality, class sizes, safety and extracurriculars. LGBTQ parents may also want to know their family will be respected.
Thousands gather in downtown Toronto in 2006 for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died from AIDS.
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The HIV In My Day project preserves the early history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through the personal stories of long-term survivors and caregivers.
Autism awareness campaigns often portray autistic people negatively as mysterious puzzles to be solved. In contrast, the rainbow infinity symbol celebrates neurodiversity.
Instead of supporting autism through awareness campaigns that may portray autistic people negatively, consider learning about initiatives led by autistic people themselves. Here are five ways to start.
The use of coal for electric power has been declining fast in the U.S.
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Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices didn’t significantly accelerate coal power plant retirements. Here’s what did.
Canada’s Vasek Pospisil returns a shot to Italy’s Jannik Sinner, during the final match of the 2020 Sofia Open on Nov. 14, 2020.
The establishment of a professional tennis players’ association that advocates on behalf of professional athletes brings to the foreground the conflict between athletes’ needs and corporate interests.
People lose faith in science when it takes a political side.
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When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.
Fat activists argue fat is the most appropriate word to describe their bodies.
The British Psychological Society is calling for a language change, from ‘obese people’ to ‘people living with obesity’. But using the word obesity can reinforce rather than prevent stigma.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants.
Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
Ben & Jerry’s opened Art for Justice, which highlights the need for criminal justice reform and features art by formerly incarcerated artists.
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Today, companies often take stances on social issues. A professor of brand responsibility compares ally brands with advocates.
Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has made fighting rape a priority.
Sierra Leone has declared a national emergency to combat rape and sexual violence.
Despite high profile child abuse cases in Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford, lessons are not being learned and the failings of those investigations are being repeated.
In many countries around the world, government agencies work in partnership with NGOs to deliver public services such as health, education and sanitation for communities.
A new regulation makes it easier for the government to contract local NGOs.
Some U.S. nonprofits are praising China’s anti-pollution efforts.
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Just like with Cold War-era red-baiting, there’s an apparent effort to discredit and undermine critics of the US government.
One of the authors speaking at the 2017 March for Science.
Four scientists talk through the ways they now build outreach into their work as a way to spread their research’s impact – something that wasn’t the norm for past generations of academics.
You can’t keep a good scientist down.
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President Trump’s first year was a rough one for scientists and others who value truth and expertise. Many rallied to the cause, while others used research to make the case for the value of science.
It’s good for scientists to work in glass laboratories.
Science isn’t cold, hard facts uncovered by emotionless robots. Acknowledging how and where values play a role promotes a more realistic view and can advance science’s reputation for reliability.
Planning a communication strategy isn’t unethical.
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Scientists who engage with the public may have goals about influencing policy or behavior. But they also need to think about the short-term objectives that will help get them there.
Rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.
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New survey data show that Muslim Americans are the most negatively perceived religious group in the US and are often victims of Islamophobic attacks. How are they responding? By getting organized.
Members of Patriotic Millionaires, whose privileged members advocate for higher taxes on the rich, met with lawmakers in this 2015 photo to discuss legislation to close the carried interest loophole.
When the wealthy become unlikely allies in the fight against inequality, they often take similar steps. It all starts with acknowledging their own privileges.