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It’s been 10 years since the beginning of the NCAA's investigation into academic fraud at UNC. While there were no sanctions imposed as a result of the investigation, it sparked a conversation surrounding academic integrity and the compensation of college athletes.
With mask and public gathering restrictions easing up across the United States, public health experts have been optimistic about the opportunity for a “normal” summer. As vaccine distribution continues, these limitations are bound to be removed altogether, like with the social distancing mandate Gov. Roy Cooper is hoping to lift by June 1.
When COVID-19 was discovered, science had a lot of catching up to do.
Gene editing has long been a hot topic in genomics and the scientific community, particularly since the discovery of the CRISPR tool in 2012. With an endless number of biomedical and biological applications, the tool has a bright future in shaping what molecular research may look like throughout the next decade.
Daylight Savings Time was adopted in the United States over a hundred years ago, but it’s still something many college students aren’t very enthused about. Anyways, who could be very happy about losing an hour of sleep?
In January of 2020, I was writing about everything science-related for the Editorial Board. At the time, news had broken about a novel virus taking a large city in China by storm. I pitched a piece about its relevance, did some research about this “coronavirus" and had even said in my last paragraph:
Earlier this month, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health developed an experimental drug to combat COVID-19. The antiviral, known as EIDD-2801, is taken orally, and was found to stop virus replication and infection.
On Monday, two hours before game time, the UNC men's basketball team's scheduled ACC matchup with Miami was indefinitely postponed. A statement released by Carolina Basketball on Tuesday details an apology from the players, which comes in response to a surfaced video of UNC players Armando Bacot and Day'Ron Sharpe at a party, disregarding public health guidelines.
The transition to a new political administration can be confusing. During a pandemic, knowing how a government plans to address science seems more important than ever.
With the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, the long-awaited end of the pandemic might seem to be just around the corner. But as the new presidential administration begins to implement its coronavirus response plan, the question remains:
The past year in science has been nothing short of tumultuous, with COVID-19 completely halting some scientific endeavors and accelerating others. Regardless, the year will be remembered for a variety of advancements — from space discoveries to vaccine development. And if this year has proven anything, it’s that it's going to be difficult to predict anything for 2021.
Earlier this week, significant advances were made in COVID-19 research, as Pfizer and BioNTech released data showing their initial vaccine was 90 percent effective for reducing symptomatic COVID-19 cases. But, while a vaccine may be authorized and put into practice in the next few months, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to throw away your mask and hand sanitizer anytime soon.
With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, the future of Roe v. Wade has become a top concern. Barrett has opined on the issue before, hinting at potential ways that a future Supreme Court may allow states to pass more restrictions on abortion.
On Sept. 15, President Donald Trump stated that a vaccine for COVID-19 could be ready within four weeks — a claim that was quickly denounced by drug industry executives and other government officials. Well, it’s been four weeks, and he was completely wrong. But his statements have raised questions regarding the availability of such a vaccine, and whether or not it can be trusted.
In the computer science industry, the use of machine-learning and data-based algorithms is quickly growing in popularity. There are countless applications of the tool, from predicting what Netflix shows you’d enjoy to self-driving cars. However, with high-level computer science algorithms comes the influence of bias and potential ethical concerns — many of which aren’t addressed in courses required by degree programs in the field.
In August, UNC made national headlines as a failed experiment for the reopening of higher education institutions during a global pandemic. With the rest of the semester being pushed online, University leadership has already begun to plan for the possible return of students in the spring.
This year has been nothing short of a roller coaster for scientific discoveries. From identifying new species of dinosaurs to rapid vaccine development to quell a global pandemic, there were not very many journal headlines that could have been predicted in 2019. This week marked what will likely be one of the most groundbreaking astronomical findings of the year — a chemical discovery that may point toward potential life on Venus.
In a statement earlier this week, the Trump administration confirmed they do not plan on joining the global effort to develop, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine because the World Health Organization is involved. This follows announcements earlier this year that the United States is planning on terminating its diplomatic relationship with the WHO altogether.
Fueled by the recent events of police brutality and the shooting of Jacob Blake, athletes across major sports leagues have boycotted games in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. The slow return of live sports also brings the resurfacing of some of the largest platforms for high-profile athletes in entertainment across the United States, and rightfully so.
Driven by COVID-19, various graduate schools across the United States have made the executive decision to waive standardized testing for this upcoming admissions cycle. This comes in response to many of the testing dates being pushed to online environments or being canceled altogether. However, standardized tests, such as the GRE, have long been points of contention in discussions of admissions committees, and this year could be a major decider in whether or not the tests ever return to application requirements.