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The Grey Area–When Ethics aren’t Always Black and White

12 Apr

For some reason, it seems like a great deal of the public believes that scientists are out to get them, whether it be by poisoning your food with GMOs or using autism-causing vaccines on your children. Scientists have gotten a bad rap lately. And while some scientists aren’t doing anything to help their case, not […]

Authorship in Scientific Literature

12 Apr

Assigning authorship to scientific literature can be a complicated task. There is no clearly written criteria that determines eligibility for authorship of a manuscript pending publication. However, there is a growing problem in the scientific community where increasing numbers of scientific literature of persons granted authorship that are unjustified. Unethical practices in authorship include: Pressured […]

Q&A with newly appointed secretary of the DEP, Austin Caperton

1 Mar

By Erin Drummond   Tension lingered in the air as citizens of West Virginia stared at the member of the state’s government, glaring as he answered question after question with the same three words: “I don’t know.” As Austin Caperton entered his second month in as the newly appointed secretary for the Department of Environmental […]

Sierra Student Coalition holds forum for DEP

1 Mar

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection held a forum sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition on Monday, February 28th. This forum was put together to help introduce the new secretary, Austin Caperton, and environmental advocate, Ed Maguire, while also giving the people of West Virginia the opportunity to speak up about their concerns. DEP […]

West Virginia DEP Secretary, Austin Caperton, Faces Tough Crowd At First Public Forum

28 Feb

By: Mariah Congedo The Sierra Student Coalition hosted newly appointed, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Austin Caperton on Monday evening. Caperton and his environmental advocate, Ed Maguire were faced with many angered citizens of West Virginia regarding several economic topics. Caperton has only been in office for forty days and says this was […]

Morgantown adopts gun ban, despite pleas from citizens.

26 Feb

By Nick Foutrakis MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Morgantown City Council barely passed an ordinance prohibiting guns in municipal buildings and on city-owned property. The ordinance was passed after a four to three vote decided on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Councilors Bill Kawecki, Nancy Ganz, Jenny Selin and Marti Shamberger voted in favor of the ordinance while […]

Drawing the line on Euthanasia

22 Feb

By Isaac Zivkovic The British Columbia Civil Liberties Union (BCCLA) is currently challenging the constitutionality of physician assisted deaths in Canada. Bill C-14 was voted into effect last June and outlines various safeguards for patients who may wish to request physician assisted death — otherwise conventionally known as euthanasia. Should a person be old enough […]

The water in the streams of West Virginia remains orange with Trump as President

22 Feb

  President Trump revoked the Stream Protection Rule in February of this year. This rule protected against the dumping of hazardous waste into the nearby streams of coal mining communities. This decision will largely effect the wildlife and health of our local streams. As a citizen of West Virginia I am outraged by this action […]

One Mans Mistake, is his Whole Groups Downfall.

22 Feb

Due to the data fabrications of a colleague, researcher Sophie Martin has decided to retract her paper that was published in the 2015 Journal of Cell Biology. Pranav Ullal admitted to falsifying results along with two figures in his paper after being called by Sophie. Her suspicion first arose when she failed to replicate the […]

Scientists Challenge 14-Day Human Embryo Growth

22 Feb

As research gives sight of critical period of human development, Scientists propose the reconsideration of 14-day legal embryo experimentation limit. Researchers from Cambridge University have made an alarming, conflictual discovery regarding the growth of human embryos, keeping them alive beyond the stage when they would implant a mother’s womb. In the study the embryos were […]