#142 Constitutional Myopia

Sep 18, 2022
This week, we discuss how Chile’s newly proposed, and newly rejected, Constitution. Science journals and the media want us to believe that it’s super-sciencey, but a read of the actual document suggests otherwise. We also discuss affirmative action among STEM faculty, and also, why myopia is increasing, and what can be done about it. Hyper-novelty strikes again.
Nature

'I feel lost': Chilean researchers saddened by vote to reject new constitution

The votes are in - and many scientists are disappointed. On 4 September, Chileans voted to reject a proposed new constitution for their nation. The draft charter, developed over a year by a citizen-led assembly, framed science as a tool that could improve society.
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Chile proposes new constitution steeped in science

Chile has a new best seller. Since it was finalized on 4 July, a draft of what could become the nation’s constitution has commanded massive numbers of online downloads and crowds waiting to buy paperback copies.
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Covid-19 pandemic: Chile capital locks down despite mass vaccination

Three-fifths of the country has been vaccinated but rising Covid cases spark new restrictions.
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Nature

How we boosted the number of female faculty members at our institution

Lessons from an affirmative-recruitment initiative for women in science and technology. Marilys Guillemin Marilys Guillemin is associate dean of learning and teaching in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and academic lead for the university's Athena Swan gender-equity initiative.
The Atlantic

The Myopia Generation

This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday. Sign up for it here. A decade into her optometry career, Marina Su began noticing something unusual about the kids in her New York City practice.
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A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life

This week is the one-year anniversary of the publication of our book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century.