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Nia Lyn


Rethink the use of eyewitness testimony in criminal justice

 Richard Jones is only one of a long list of people who have been wrongfully convicted due to improper eyewitness accounts. While this practice does have its place in law enforcement, it is flawed and should not be used as the only basis of identifying possible criminals. Instead, more evidence-based and scientific routes should be explored rather than relying on the memory and supposed truthfulness of strangers.  

Question effectiveness of racial bias training

In an April 18 NBC News article, Bryant Marks, a psychology professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, said that the training implemented by Starbucks should be the first step of many. He stated, “It would have to involve ongoing conversations among the corporate leadership in particular.” It takes time to mentally overcome years of bias and even more time to train oneself to act in a way that reflects these changes. Marks also suggested employee training at the hiring stage — something that would prove useful if offered along with the sexual harassment training that is offered at many workplaces. While these are still not completely effective in thwarting the inappropriate actions which occur in the workplace, they are still beneficial and set some sort of standard for what is expected of employees.  

Caution against ‘walk up, not out’ approach to gun violence

 Brandeis’ campus, along with many other high schools and universities across the nation, is filled with “socially awkward teenagers,” so that isn’t the issue. The issue is that he wanted to inflict pain on others, not that he was somehow misunderstood. Despite knowing that there are people targeting and killing others, the nation is still not taking proper action to prevent future atrocities.   

Consider benefits of medical breakthroughs in reproductive health

According to a March 3 article in Time, this February, a woman from the United States gave birth to a baby after a successful uterine transplant — making her the second in the country to do so. The woman, who wished to withhold her identity, is part of an ongoing clinical trial at the Baylor University Medical Center to treat women with absolute uterine factor infertility, meaning that they have either a nonfunctional or nonexistent uterus. The first successful surgery was performed in 1999 by a team of doctors at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Since then, eight children have been born from women who had undergone a uterine transplant, according to the university’s website.  

Reconsider Facebook’s poor attempt to combat fake news

Facebook will begin implementing user surveys to determine the validity of news sources in the era of “fake news,” according to a Jan. 19 BBC article.  Founder Mark Zuckerberg chose this approach because allowing staff to decide what users see is “not something we're comfortable with,” according to the same article.  While this is an admirable approach to tackling the issue of false information, it may not be the best method for doing so.  

Recognize the important nature of stem cell research

A recent study conducted by researchers from Lund University in Sweden revealed the future implications of amniotic fluids in stem cell research. During normal cesarean section procedures, the amniotic fluid is discarded as medical waste. However, recent evidence proves that amniotic fluids are a viable source of stem cells. 

Encourage students to remember the actual relevance of grades

 Exam season is underway and with this comes the influx of students stressed and studying ardently to earn a good grade. This is a commendable action, but intense studying, coupled with the pressure to do well and the high expectations imposed upon students, makes it easy to become discouraged or overwhelmed. School is competitive and right now, outperforming peers can feel like the only thing that matters. This stress can be detrimental, and in order to prevent any disastrous outcomes, it is vital that students keep the truly important things in mind. Grades matter, but they are not everything.  

Criticize racially insensitive elements of the beauty industry

Recently, Dove produced an ad that featured a Black woman removing her shirt to reveal a fair-skinned white woman, and the white woman doing the same to reveal a third woman. However innocent the intention may have been, the advertisement was met with backlash over claims of racism and was eventually pulled, according to an Oct. 8 New York Times article.  

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