Can Evolution Inform Human Health? Game Theory, Genetic Conflict, and Obesity.
Can evolutionary biology inform medical research? Medicine, necessarily, focuses on proximate causes: the “what” and “how” of disease. Evolutionary thought can contribute a third dimension: the “why,” the adaptive significance and evolved history of humans and pathogens. READ MORE
Science and Policy – The Example of Anti-Microbial Resistance
On 18 January, Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, gave a talk at Rhodes House entitled “Science and Policy – The Example of Anti-Microbial Resistance.” Dame Sally introduced the concept of anti-microbial resistance by examining the case of colistin, a strong antibiotic with significant side effects often used as a last-resort drug in cases of drug-resistant bacterial infections. Since the first discovery of colistin-resistant E. coli bacteria in China in late 2015, a number of countries around the world have detected such strains of their own. READ MORE
The Art and Science of Micro-Resilience: How to Achieve Peak Performance Every Day, All Day Long
In the run up to the 40th Anniversary of Rhodes Women alumni weekend, the Rhodes Trust invited Bonnie St. John to speak to scholars-in-residence on her exciting new concept called Micro-Resilience, and how it helps renew and recharge focus, so as to increase productivity and deal with the pricking pressures that seem to come along with Oxford’s beautiful spires. READ MORE
A Home Transforms a Family's Future
Habitat for Humanity holds a special place in my and my family’s hearts. When we moved into our new home, it marked the blissful realization of struggle, hard work, community support and grit. It was also the 10th and final move my family made. READ MORE
1,166 Pieces Of Evidence And No Due Process
Judges are well known for admonishing lawyers not to try their cases in the press. And with good reason: the procedures worked out by courts and legislatures over the years are expressly designed to insure fairness. The second installment, issued Dec. 9, of the so-called McLaren Report on alleged state-sponsored Russian athlete doping is an excellent example of why these procedures — tedious and boring though they may seem to those who are not being accused of something — are important, notwithstanding the McLaren Report's unopposed submission of 1,166 pieces of evidence. READ MORE
How Do We Make More Jobs Good Jobs?
As we greet 2017, one clear message is that America has a jobs problem. It’s not that we don’t have enough jobs, but that we don’t have enough good jobs. More than 40 percent of American jobs today pay less than $15 an hour, and most of these low-wage jobs lack important employment benefits such as paid leave, health insurance or retirement. READ MORE