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Who’s Afraid of Roundup?

In May 2019, a California jury awarded $2 billion to a husband and wife who claimed that the weed-killer Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The defendant in the suit was Bayer AG, which had recently acquired Monsanto, Roundup’s manufacturer. Read More

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  • Roundup: Useful, and Wrongly Vilified

    October 21, 2019

    Even as some US cities are moving to restrict use of Roundup and numerous lawsuits have targeted the herbicide, some observers argue that it is safe. In a deep look in the latest Issues, a cancer epidemiologist describes how what he calls “flawed scientific evidence” has been used to wrongfully condemn Roundup, and he asks the scientific community and government regulators to “refocus the energy and resources spent on trying to demonize this useful and valuable chemical on problems that really matter.”

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  • Translating Economics into English

    October 21, 2019

    With 25% fewer college students pursing English majors now than before the Great Recession—most of the missing having moved into technical fields—economists worry about producing enough “storytellers” to fill management ranks in major parts of the economy. Their concern aligns with a recent National Academies study, described in Issues, that calls for higher education to better blend disciplines and aim at producing well-rounded individuals with, among other attributes, good written and oral communication skills and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings.

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