2017-2018 Bulletin

We live in the Information Age, under the reign of the Internet. The answer to just about any of our questions is available with a quick Google search. At the same time, it’s virtually impossible to sift through everything available for a given field. The importance of research being published is more imperative than ever.

  You can say literacy is no longer the issue it once was, and I would agree with you because it has simply exchanged its old hat for a new one. The, ahem, literal interpretation of the statistic tells us the percentage of U.S. citizens who can read and write at a satisfactory level is near 100 percent. Globally speaking, we’ve seen unprecedented leaps in literacy rates in countries of all backgrounds in the past half century.

“Francis Bacon delineated science as having two purposes: the glory of the natural world and as a relief to man’s problems.” I stopped my scribbling to look up at my professor, the famous University of Oxford historian of science Allan Chapman. His voice echoed off of Wadham College’s oak-paneled Knowles Room, the same room where the first scientists of the Royal Society had gathered to form their organization. “The great scientists of the scientific revolution believed in a need to extract nature and to service humanity, but were ultimately motivated by an inner inquisitiveness for the natural order.”

“I wish to disclose my current status as a DACA student to the admissions committee and my plan to pursue avenues of residency or citizenship, if they become available to me.”

Just one month ago, the Trump administration issued an ultimatum. March 5, 2018 is the death date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the birthdate of a new era in immigration policy.

As the actions of the Trump administration incite nationwide protests, the U.S. government faces a new wave of political activism from groups that had previously been largely neutral—including scientists.