Fellows in the News

To fend off lawsuits over its plans to build a new city in the rugged countryside northwest of Los Angeles, Tejon Ranch Co. made a landmark concession to environmentalists. It promised a decade ago to preserve 90% of its land — 240,000 acres — as an untouched ecological conservancy for public...Read more >
A pokey, pudgy three-person submarine will soon go on display in San Diego, and people who peer through its hatch are likely to ask: “Do scientists really explore the ocean in that ?” The observatory on the deep submergence vehicle Alvin is barely six-feet wide. The portholes are about the size of...Read more >
Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have discovered that two species of fish are capable of living in ocean waters almost completely devoid of oxygen. Marine biologist Natalya Gallo ,...Read more >
Fellow Martha Matsuoka co-authored the chapter "Working Together to Clean Up Freight Transportation" in the new report from the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Strateiges for Health Justice: Lessons from the Field . Southern California, the “international gateway” for trade, contains...Read more >
Fellow Kimberley Miner has published a new article in Nature . A screening-level approach to quantifying risk from glacial release of organochlorine pollutants in the Alaskan Arctic Abstract Widespread distribution of atmospherically mobilized organochlorine pollutants (OCPs) has been documented...Read more >
Dr. Nicole Gross-Camp, a visiting assistant professor of environmental science and sustainability at Allegheny College, has received a grant from the United Kingdom’s Darwin Initiative in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Scotland to make forest management sustainable in...Read more >
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give Endangered Species Act protection to the Mojave poppy bee, which is known to survive only in seven locations in Clark County, Nev. Although it once thrived across much of the Mojave Desert,...Read more >
Editor's note: The Climate Science Alliance was founded and is led by Fellow Amber Pairis. The Switzer Foundation provided foundational funding to create CSA with a Leadership Grant. Dr. Megan Jennings, advisor to the Climate Science Alliance, and Dr. Rebecca Lewinson of the Institute for...Read more >
A new technology in which insects are used to genetically modify crops could be converted into a dangerous, and possibly illegal, bioweapon, alleges a Science Policy Forum report released today. Naturally, the organization leading the research says it’s doing nothing of the sort. The report is a...Read more >
NCA4, Vol II, Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States , released November 2018, assesses a range of potential climate change-related impacts, with an aim to help decision makers better identify risks that could be avoided or reduced. The assessment follows Vol I, the Climate Science...Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

In Safer Hands
Nail salons offering “manis” and “pedis” have become a booming business in the United States, setting up shop on seemingly every corner and approaching $8 billion in annual sales. “You have numerous chemicals being mixed, new products coming out all the time, limited available data on health effects and weak accountability for the manufacturers,” says 2008 Fellow Thu Quach, who is a research scientist with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and research director for Asian Health Services. “That would make it difficult for the workers to protect themselves even if there weren’t language barriers.” She is part of a grassroots effort that empowers low-wage, Vietnamese immigrant-dominated nail salon workers to fight for healthier conditions.Read more >

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