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Open Access Week 2022: Open for Climate Justice

Open Access Week runs from October 24th-30th of this year. Held annually, this event provides an opportunity for members of academic and research communities to come together and learn about the benefits of Open Access research. Open Access refers to “the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to … Read More

Environmental Impacts of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched people’s lives in a number of ways, some more immediately evident than others. Beginning in January 2020, a series of lockdowns around the world closed businesses, put restrictions on domestic and international travel, and kept millions of people at home. These disruptions to everyday life continue to affect the world … Read More

Entrepreneurs and inventors: Learn from accomplished innovators June 15 and 22 during Proud Innovation

As the new Patents and Trademarks Resource Center representative for Rutgers, I receive information from the US Patents and Trademarks Office about trainings and informational webinars on patents, intellectual property, trademarks, and the like. The following is a special panel presentation for potential inventors and entrepreneurs in recognition of Pride Month. The text below is … Read More

Life on Mars: the ethics of space exploration

Image of Mars taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Source. In Episode Five of the popular television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980), entitled “Blues for a Red Planet,” astronomer Carl Sagan gave his audience a tour of the Red Planet, Mars, as scientists of the time understood it. He talked about the Viking missions, … Read More

Love Data Week February 14-18, 2022

Love Data Week is an international yearly event that happens during the week of Valentine’s Day. This year’s theme is “Data are for everyone”. Love Data Week was started as a social media event in 2016 to promote awareness of data management, sharing, and preservation. It has grown since then into events that take place … Read More

Clean Beaches and Plastics

It feels like summer has truly started once we reach July.  Clean Beaches Week is an annual event that occurs from July 1st to July 7th. While the resolution was not passed until 2007, Clean Beaches week has been celebrated since 2003 with the founding of the Clean Beaches Coalition. This week also coincides with … Read More

LGBTQIA+ Individuals in STEM

  The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month. (For clarity, “queer” is sometimes used to mean sexual and gender minority individuals not included in the first five letters in the acronym. That is the intended definition of the word “queer” in this context.) This month of visibility is … Read More

Earth Day 2021

Origins of Earth Day Earth Day is upon us. Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring is often considered the impetus for the movement for drawing attention to environmentally harmful practices. The now-famous day arose from environmental concern and advocacy in the 1970s. EarthDay.org, the organization which oversees Earth Day and is the “world’s largest recruiter … Read More