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Cannabis: From a Social and Scientific Standpoint

-Featured Image By Chelsea Kintz The Supremacy Clause permits state and federal law to diverge, but the ultimate jurisdiction resides with the federal government.1 Cannabis regulations fall under this clause because, as many of us know,  each state can implement its unique cannabis laws that stand separately from the federal ban on cannabis. The response to cannabis is completely unlike the […]

When Science Communication Fails

-Featured Image By Gabrielle Cox Flashback to late March 2020. An overwhelming majority of businesses and schools are closing their doors because of a new virus spreading across the globe. Many are confused, scared, and panicking as toilet paper and masks are selling out. Where does everyone look for answers? Most turned to their phones and televisions as a way […]

Maladaptive Daydreaming

– Featured Image By Melody Trujillo Daydreaming is one of the few intangible luxuries we humans possess that uniquely grants us the ability to temporarily live in an alternate reality. You may imagine yourself in a movie, kicking a villain’s butt, living life wildly on Mars, headlining at a sold-out concert, or even reimagining the killer remark you should have […]

Letter from the Editors – Spring 2021

Dear readers, far and wide, This tumultuous last year and a half has revealed the beauty and pitfalls of humanity. The issues we face have never before been more clear. On one hand we’ve felt despair and hopelessness, yet on the other we’ve discovered we can persist through even the most devastating of circumstances, find joy, and foster connection across […]

Student Environmental Center Through the Years

A Timeline of Student Agency through the Environmental Justice Movement Contributed by Student Environmental Center On a National Level: 1970 | First Earth Day & Formation of Environmental Protection Agency The Environmental Protection Agency was created following the increase of public interest in the protection of the environment. The EPA focuses on maintaining the health of humans and the environment […]

The World of Jurassic Flora

If you have ever seen the movie The Land Before Time, you are probably familiar with the scene where a young brontosaurus named Littlefoot stumbles upon a leaf referred to as a “tree star”. It most closely resembles the foliage of a sycamore tree, which personally rubs me the wrong way, and I’ll tell you why: sycamores are angiosperms, meaning […]

Can Science Be Anti-Colonial?

Scientists are trained to think in very specific ways, to focus on the individual by disconnecting our subject from the complex factors that affect it. We do this in an effort to make it easier to understand our discoveries and avoid bias. This method has brought us a wealth of knowledge about our world: helping to cure and prevent disease, develop technologies that connect us in meaningful ways, and identify and help to solve our problems. But, too often, it is seen as the only or best way of knowing. I argue that is not the case.

The Virtues of Volcanoes

– Featured Image By Mikayla Kauinana You may have heard about the numerous volcanic eruptions happening through the Spring of 2021, but did you know there were 45 active volcanoes as of March 12th?1 This fact may freak you out because we tend to only focus on the destructive power of volcanoes that impacts people, crops, and communities. However, objectively, […]

Drowning in Waste By 2020?

– Featured Image By Emily May Growing global waste management issues, increasing climate change pressures, and missing our UC-Wide Zero Waste by 2020 goals inspires IDEASS Lab team, Myceliall Solutions, to take matters into their own hands.  It’s Fall of 2021 and after a whirlwind year, you’ve finally made it back onto campus. You’re rushing over to a café to […]