‘Collegiality’ influences researchers’ promotion prospects

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A study of university review and promotion documents suggests that collaboration and teamwork are widely considered, but not consistently assessed.

A community of seed savers has a recipe to revive rare varieties of collard greens

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Ira Wallace ambles around the butcher block countertop in the kitchen she shares with a community of farmers in central Virginia. She has separated a single leaf from the large baskets of unusual, parti-colored collard greens she got from a friend’s farm. Its creamy-white veins stretch upward across the green leaf, narrowing as they reach purple-tinged tips.

“Purple is a color that develops in the winter much more strongly,” Wallace explains, as she probes the frost-damaged leaf. “But look at that color! And that’s anthocyanins. They’re supposed to make you healthier.”

These aren’t commercially produced collard greens typically sold in supermarkets or restaurants. Many of the heirloom varieties Wallace and her friends grow are rare, some once teetering on extinction. Other types can likely be found in backroad gardens of aging stewards, but countless varieties have vanished in the U.S.

There was once a kaleidoscope of diversity in collards, as people diligently collected and replanted seeds, passing them from one generation to the next to preserve the qualities they found most important. Collards — an inexpensive, nutrient-rich vegetable — became a staple for many Southern families, especially African Americans trying to feed their families healthy food year-round.

A birder is back in the public eye, now on his own terms

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Christian Cooper’s encounter in Central Park with a white woman who called 911 to falsely accuse him of threatening her spurred a national outcry. Now he is hosting a birding series for National Geographic.

Colorado set to become first state with right-to-repair wheelchair law

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Repairing powered wheelchairs can be a long and costly process. But a new bill would require manufacturers to make it easier for owners and independent repairers to make fixes.

Why your DE&I efforts should include size representation

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In recent years, DE&I strategies have seen increased investments, especially as younger workers seek companies whose public values mirror their own. Yet body size is seldom included within the framework of traditional DE&I messaging.

When Women Lead: Women’s Environmental Voting Records in Congress, 1972-2021

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In previous iterations of our report When Women Lead (in 2003 and 2011), we analyzed the voting records of federal legislators going back to 1983 using League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Environmental Scorecard data. We found that women in Congress vote for legislation supporting clean air, clean water, renewable energy, climate action, and public health much more often than their male counterparts (and similarly vote more often against legislation that would roll back these protections).

This update brings our analysis up to the present and looks further into the past. After comparing annual LCV scores each year from 1972-2021, we again found that women legislators vote for environmental protections more often than their male counterparts in both the House and Senate.

Climate change, pollution, food and energy insecurity, chemical safety, and biodiversity loss have become urgent global concerns that threaten lives and livelihoods in the US. If we want to make progress on protecting the environment and public health, we should help elect more women to public office, and support them during their tenure.

Black Americans’ views of and engagement with science

Graph shows comparatively small shares of Black adults see science, engineering jobs as 'open' to Black people.

Respondents say that Black people have reached the highest levels of success as:

Professional athletes (84%)
Professional musicians (80%)
Lawyers (60%)
Clergy (58%)
Medical doctors (55%)
Military officers (54%)
Business executives (52%)
Engineers (43%)
Scientists (36%)

Percentage of respondents who say professions are very welcoming to Black people:

Professional athletes (63%)
Professional musicians (58%)
Lawyers (25%)
Clergy (38%)
Medical doctors (28%)
Military officers (27%)
Business executives (17%)
Engineers (23%)
Scientists (20%)

Survey conducted Nov 30-Dec 12, 2021. "Black Americans' View of and Engagement With Science"

A new Pew Research Center survey takes a wide-ranging look at Black Americans’ views and experiences with science, spanning medical and health care settings, educational settings, and as consumers of science-related news and information in daily life.

Indian megacity maps environmental memories

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Pollution and rampant construction have destroyed much of Mumbai’s natural coastal protection. Could recording stories from locals help create alternative visions of urban development?

Language justice boosts worker safety, empowers people, experts say

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Inclusivity requires greater effort to create multilingual spaces, according to speakers at a March 2 webinar titled “Promoting Environmental and Occupational Public Health Through Language Justice.” NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) hosted the event.

Language justice is the right of every person to speak, understand, and be understood in the language they prefer and in which they feel most articulate and powerful, according to the American Bar Association. Beyond legal settings, the principle is important when it comes to working with communities to share research information that relates to environmental and occupational health, noted NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) Director Sharon Beard.

A Systematic Review on the Local Wisdom of Indigenous People in Nature Conservation

Abas, A., Aziz, A., & Awang, A. (2022). “A Systematic Review on the Local Wisdom of Indigenous People in Nature Conservation.” Sustainability 14(6), 3415. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063415

Abstract: The local wisdom of indigenous people in nature conservation plays a critical part in protecting the planet’s biodiversity and the overall health of the ecosystems. However, at the same time, indigenous people and their lands are facing immense threats through modernization and globalization. This study aims to systematically review and analyze the local wisdom of the indigenous people in nature conservation. The present study integrated multiple research designs, and the review was based on the published standard, namely the PRISMA statement (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses). This study used Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus as the main databases in searching for the required articles. Through content analysis, this study can be divided into seven main categories: (a) forest management, (b) flora and fauna conservation, (c) food security, (d) water management, (e) land management, (f) weather forecasting, and (g) others. The findings offer some basics on how academics can adopt and adapt the existing local wisdom of indigenous people in nature conservation into the scientific framework and design to answer the Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda.