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We at the Cooper Square Review join this nation in outrage at the violent death of George Floyd, and at the systemic racism that his death exposes once again. We are scientists and medical professionals. Every day we work on testing new medicines, decoding neural impulses, and analyzing gravitational waves. But we are also citizens. We urge our fellow scientists to turn their passion and creativity to their work as citizens: creating a more just, equitable, and humane world.

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Transplant surgeon Joshua Mezrich's book is at once autobiography and history of one of the most extraordinary fields in modern medicine. In it, Paige Winokur also discovers a new perspective on the racial justice movement.

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Stephen Serene finds beauty and insight in Lynn Casteel Harper's portrait of dementia, but worries that it whitewashes the realities of nursing home life

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Jared Diamond's classic explains how epidemics of the past transformed societies. Agata Bochynska wonders: how will the current pandemic change ours?

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Ali Cohen finds Madeline Drexler's twenty-year-old profile of new viruses and public health challenges starkly relevant today

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Our contributors hail from all over the sciences — and all over the world. We’ll share what brought us to science, why we stay, and what makes us (occasionally) want to run away. There will be eureka moments, scientific screw-ups, advice to youngsters, peers, and elders, as well as whimsical stories about space exploration, fruit fly cognition, and how a neuron can live its best life.

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(Excerpt from “Advice for a Modern Investigator”, chapter 5. ) The most […]

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