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Grief Can Awaken Moments of Profound Joy

Dr. Heidi L. Pottinger, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in Thrive Global. "I’ve been forced to learn that if we give ourselves permission and time to process grief in all its forms, and if…
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For People Fleeing Central America, Hunger May Not Look Like Hunger

Megan Carney, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in Latino Rebels. "Public support for Central American migrants is waning, the Associated Press reported on Monday. Yet the plight of Central Americans grows steadily worse. The number…
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Active shooter drills are scaring kids and may not protect them. Some schools are taking a new approach.

Dr. Heidi L. Pottinger, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in NBC News online, followed by an appearance on Daily Mail TV.  "From calling them "buddy room drills" to making school psychologists available during the…
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THOUGHT EXPERIMENT In ‘Game of Thrones,’ Daenerys Targaryen taught Jon Snow not to fear dragons. You can learn not to fear snakes.

Catherine Bartlett, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in NBC Think. "Once you understand a creature, it makes no difference if that animal is soft and cuddly, or if it sports scales and a split…
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Financial Toxicity is Hurting my Cancer Patients

Leila Ali-Akbarian, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Health Care Blog. "As news of Tom Brokaw’s cancer diagnosis spreads, so does his revelation that his cancer treatments cost nearly $10,000 per day. "
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Want to Be a Better Scientist? Take an Improv Class

Catherine Bartlett, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in Scientific American. "Active listening and a sense of humor offer benefits for both communication and research."
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What Joe Biden Doesn’t Get

Frances Lynch, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in Garnet News. "I find myself having to explain repeatedly to my male colleagues that the issue is not actually a sniffing or kissing problem, but a…
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Io Sono Qui, a film that upends narratives of “crisis” through the voices of migrant youth

Megan Carney, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published in Youth Circulations. "Since early 2013, I have been studying local responses to migration in the Mediterranean with a regional focus on Sicily."
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US school shootings: Have drills gone too far?

Dr. Heidi L. Pottinger, 2018-2019 Fellow. This piece was first published on BBC News.  school in Indiana has been criticised for apparently shooting teachers "execution style" with pellets as part of an "active-shooter drill". The case…
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Friendly springtime reminder to leave snakes alone

Catherine Bartlett, 2018-2019 Fellow.  This piece was first published in the Arizona Daily Star. "Spring has sprung in the Southwest and evidence is everywhere. Gambel’s quail are calling, brackets are busted and the first fearful snake…
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