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  • A Need for More Black Doctors

    January 12, 2021

    The United States has a high infant mortality rate of 5.7 per 1000 live births, but the rate for Black babies is even higher:10.8 per 1000. The Washington Post recently reported on a new study showing that when Black babies are delivered by Black doctors, their mortality rate is cut by half. The reasons for this disparity are not understood, but the study points to the need for more Black doctors. Last year, Issues published a perspective by Arri Eisen on the 20 year history of Emory University’s FIRST program—Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching—which was started at the suggestion of Clifton Poodry at the National Institutes of Health. It has become a model for many other programs to increase the numbers of talented underrepresented minority students pursuing biomedical careers.

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  • Private Investors Wading Into Colorado River

    January 7, 2021

    In a small community on the Colorado River, private investors acting through a national financial-services firm are buying rights to the water and reselling it to distant cities. For a region suffering prolonged drought, challenges to using the river and its water are nothing new. And in a book review in Issues, an experienced resource manager notes that conflicts in managing the Colorado and other western rivers as they transition from an era of plenty to one of scarcity have often catalyzed compromises needed to balance conflicting interests. Fingers crossed.

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