ProSPER Fall 2023 Book Club Recap

Lack of Narrative: How Science Communication Fails the General Public Book Summary: Plastics by Imari Walker-Franklin and Jenna Jambeck provides a comprehensive introduction to the life cycle of plastics—from fossil fuel refinement, the breakdown of these plastics into micro and nanoplastic particles, to the discovery of these particles in human beings. The authors describe how […]

Recap: Spring 2022 Book Club

How will artificial intelligence (AI) shape our lives? Who is developing AI, and what motivates them? What flaws currently exist in AI systems, and how might they be improved or exploited? Quantitative futurist Amy Webb explores these questions in her 2019 book The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp […]

Recap: Environmental Justice with Just Moms STL

When Karen Nickel’s parents moved to the banks of Coldwater Creek in Hazelwood, Missouri 20 miles northwest of St. Louis, they did not realize they were moving to an area contaminated by radioactive material. Karen later moved to nearby Maryland Heights, where she raised her own family in a house 1.5 miles from the West […]

Recap: Science Communication Career Panel

Sitting on the Science Communication Career Panel were four women with different paths to similar endings in the field of science communication. They shared with us the journeys they took, their struggles, and finding their happy place. Rosie Dutt is an Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance. Rosie is a Ph.D. […]

Reflection: Health Disparities in St. Louis

There are many factors which can cause disparities in who has access to healthcare and the quality of the care they receive. To learn more about the specific issues facing St. Louis and how they are being addressed we invited Angela Brown, acting CEO of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, Dr. Bettina Drake, Associate […]