Synthetic Biology and Future-Focused Policy: Consider Adding Science to Your Public Policy Toolkit

  By Rodalyn Guinto, MPP 2017 As public policy experts and experts-in-training we are challenged to evaluate two types of public problems: first are the perennial public problems — the ones that have been around since the rise of the first empires and civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia. These include poverty, unemployment, food and water insecurity, … Continue reading Synthetic Biology and Future-Focused Policy: Consider Adding Science to Your Public Policy Toolkit

iRAD: A Life-Saving Innovation in the Fight Against Kidney Disease

By Professor Robert Girling, Adjunct Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Mills College   Over half a million Americans are currently being kept alive by dialysis machines that make them virtual captives for hours at a time each day. Meanwhile over 120,000 patients are waiting for a transplant but only about 17,000 kidneys are available … Continue reading iRAD: A Life-Saving Innovation in the Fight Against Kidney Disease

Adding Injury to Injury: Drug Policy Hurts the Sick and Vulnerable and Fails to Address Intended Problem

By J. Westly McGaughey, MBA/MPP candidate 2016 On 3 November 2015, Ireland’s National Drug Strategy Chief announced that the country will decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use[1].  The move is intended to help addicts rather than jail them.  This is a prudent policy.  In contrast, the U.S. supports policies that go against the … Continue reading Adding Injury to Injury: Drug Policy Hurts the Sick and Vulnerable and Fails to Address Intended Problem