Analysis of a Pandemic
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Pockets of Brilliance
Hallie Kapner, NYAS Contributor
There is no sugarcoating the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus that Dr. Anthony Fauci has proclaimed “the worst nightmare” of infectious disease physicians has killed millions and left countless others with lingering health challenges. Yet, amid the undeniable difficulties and tragic missteps of this first pandemic year, the world has borne witness to a series of extraordinary achievements. As we mark this milestone, our successes hold lessons just as salient as our failures. These triumphs of science and innovation are testaments to the power of collaboration and bright spots in times of darkness.
The Glaring Weaknesses Exposed
Alan Dove, Ph.D., NYAS Contributor
Public health experts have fretted for years about the disproportionate impact emerging infectious diseases can have on poor countries as well as the underserved communities of rich nations. And in the COVID-19 pandemic, no country has illustrated this problem more clearly than the United States. Despite vast wealth and immense capacity in science, technology, healthcare, and logistics, America has experienced some of the world’s highest COVID-19 case-loads and death rates. How did this happen?
Exploring the Opportunities and Preparing for the Threats
Jordana Thibado, NYAS Contributor
Since the first case was reported in December 2019, COVID-19 has arguably upended lives and economies everywhere. But with vaccinations in full swing, we can now look at the new opportunities in a post-pandemic future, as well as manage potential threats on the horizon.
Women in Science in the Age of COVID-19
Diana Gitig, Ph.D., NYAS Contributor
This pandemic has been brutal on everyone, but for women who are still responsible for the bulk of the childcare and housework, such demands have only intensified with children home from school.
Talent Showcase 2020 Blavatnik National Awards Laureates
The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists celebrate the past accomplishment and future potential of young faculty-rank scientists and engineers working in the United States.
Talent Showcase 2020 Innovators in Science Award Winners
The Innovators in Science Award recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists from around the globe. The field recognized changes each year, with the 2020 Innovators in Science Award honoring groundbreaking scientists working in the field of rare diseases.
Profile Adrian Krainer, Ph.D. 2020 Ross Prize Awardee
Melanie Brickman Borchard, M.Sc., Ph.D., NYAS Staff
Adrian R. Krainer, Ph.D., St. Giles Foundation Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, was awarded the 2020 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine by the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and Molecular Medicine for his pioneering work in introducing anti-sense therapy into clinical use and for its successful application to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
Opinion: Lessons I Have Learned That Are Not in My Text Books
Eleanor Hutcheon, NYAS Contributor
Effective Communication To Mitigate Spread of False Information
Srikant Iyer, Ph.D., NYAS Staff
For the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended all of our lives, not only because of the exposure to a frightening new disease, but also the plethora of unverified solutions, disinformation and misinformation that was spread through various social media channels.