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Tom Wang

Tom Wang

Research Specialist at Healthfirst
  • Wait, hold on a minute. I thought that Trump's original promise was that he was going to build a wall (the best and most hugest wall, much better and more effective than China's, which incidentally was also super effective at keeping out invading hordes of scary brown people) and make Mexico pay for

    Wait, hold on a minute. I thought that Trump's original promise was that he was going to build a wall (the best and most hugest wall, much better and more effective than China's, which incidentally was also super effective at keeping out invading hordes of scary brown people) and make Mexico pay for it? I think Mr. President needs to actually deliver on that promise he made to the American people. We would much rather those tax dollars be spent on things like infrastructure and education.

  • I studied neuroscience at Dartmouth so I knew the PBS department at Dartmouth pretty well. Even when I was an undergrad there was this reputation surrounding Whalen in particular as being somewhat of a womanizer. Rumors and hearsay are not proof of improper conduct. However, the fact that this story

    I studied neuroscience at Dartmouth so I knew the PBS department at Dartmouth pretty well. Even when I was an undergrad there was this reputation surrounding Whalen in particular as being somewhat of a womanizer. Rumors and hearsay are not proof of improper conduct. However, the fact that this story, when it initially broke, surprised pretty much nobody who was involved with the PBS department as a student at Dartmouth is telling. Chances are, the school had been receiving complaints for a while and neglected to act until circumstances forced their hand. I think a further investigation to shed light on how Dartmouth handled the history of complaints against the professors is necessary.

  • “Because what really makes America great is our desire to be a land of opportunity for all. What really makes us great is our history of setting high ideals and striving to meet them. We may stumble along the way, but we must continue to fight for what is right.”

    I think in a time when political discourse

    “Because what really makes America great is our desire to be a land of opportunity for all. What really makes us great is our history of setting high ideals and striving to meet them. We may stumble along the way, but we must continue to fight for what is right.”

    I think in a time when political discourse is so fueled by animosity and appeals to the worst human tendencies its refreshing to see candidates reminding us of the promise that this nation represents.

  • I think that the biggest issue with college admissions is that it's become more or less pay-to-win. Bad test scores? You can actually pay to improve your test scores because the standardized tests are probably more about knowing how to take the test than they are about what you know. You can also pay

    I think that the biggest issue with college admissions is that it's become more or less pay-to-win. Bad test scores? You can actually pay to improve your test scores because the standardized tests are probably more about knowing how to take the test than they are about what you know. You can also pay to retake the test until your test scores are exactly what you want. Of course this all disadvantages students who cannot afford all the extra tutoring or testing re-dos. Extracurriculars for the most part also require a significant investment of money and time from parents. So if your parents are willing and able to provide that, you get a leg up in the rat race. College admissions should absolutely take all of the ways in which their applicants are advantaged or disadvantaged by their background into account and race alone paints an incomplete picture.

  • I think this a must-read for everyone who remains unsure about Kavanaughs confirmation. TLDR: It both the fact that Ford stands as an impressively credible accuser and the fact that Kavanaugh comported himself without an ounce or what could be mistaken for dignity and forthrightness that makes him unfit

    I think this a must-read for everyone who remains unsure about Kavanaughs confirmation. TLDR: It both the fact that Ford stands as an impressively credible accuser and the fact that Kavanaugh comported himself without an ounce or what could be mistaken for dignity and forthrightness that makes him unfit to sit on the highest court in the nation.

  • This is a good idea! Even better would make time spent in the app even more visible instead of burying it in a menu. This reminds me of when fast food chains were required to display calorie counts next to menu items. The change both enabled consumers to make more informed choices and incentivized the

    This is a good idea! Even better would make time spent in the app even more visible instead of burying it in a menu. This reminds me of when fast food chains were required to display calorie counts next to menu items. The change both enabled consumers to make more informed choices and incentivized the chains to offer healthier options.

  • I had passed by this statue many times before a medical anthropology class I was taking for grad school made me aware of who J. Marion Sims was. Evaluating the relative merits of truly life-changing breakthroughs in retrospect, out of the context of the times is always tricky business. However, in this

    I had passed by this statue many times before a medical anthropology class I was taking for grad school made me aware of who J. Marion Sims was. Evaluating the relative merits of truly life-changing breakthroughs in retrospect, out of the context of the times is always tricky business. However, in this case, it is straightforward. Dr. Sims practiced medicine at a time when the medical profession was in its infancy and the science of medicine in the US was recruited to find evidence of the inferiority and 'otherness' of African slaves to bolster the legitimacy of the institution of slavery. Like the article stresses, Sims tried and failed and tried and failed, and no woman in their right mind would have consented to the repeated painful surgical procedures unless they were literally slaves. It is telling that no white woman volunteered to undergo the experimental procedure, despite the fact that a successful operation would have been life changing. After he perfected his technique, Sims went on to profit from performing his breakthrough procedure on women who could afford to pay him, thus denying the theraputic and social benefits of the surgery to the very group of women Sims had experimented on. So while we can appreciate that Dr. Sims' pioneering surgical procedure elevated the practice of gynecology, his larger legacy needs to be treated critically as an exploitation of society's most vulnerable populations for selfish personal gain.