Author: Sabrina Kim

The Art of the Global Nutrition Deal

The Trump administration’s proposed budget has faced strong bipartisan criticism. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) called it “dead on arrival.” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) deemed it “a short-sighted and cruel budget” that “abandons working families.” However, there is surprisingly strong bipartisan disdain for Trump’s behemoth cuts to the Department of State (DoS). The decision to merge DoS with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a double whammy for the future of foreign aid. That budget is down nearly 28% from last year. With these cuts, proposed USAID Director Mark Green will be forced to prioritize initiatives and fieldwork. This could be a positive...

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Cheez-Its and Obesity

The Trump administration has come under fire recently for its decision to roll back Obama-era food regulations. The Food and Drug Administration delayed a rule requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on menus. The move is certainly in tandem with the Trump mantra of eliminating oppressive and chaotic regulations, but public health advocates are concerned that the lack of clear and concise nutrition information will augment the obesity epidemic even more. While this calorie-count debate has its merits, I argue that it is better observed in the context of America’s growing obesity problem. The fact that it even exists at all...

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: An Overview

Most Americans will go their entire lives without ever hearing about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more colloquially known as DARPA. Yet, despite its relative anonymity, this agency is responsible for some of the most innovative technologies in the world. What DARPA Does DARPA was founded in the midst of the Cold War. The successful Soviet launch of Sputnik I and Sputnik II had discredited the American assumption of technological superiority. Now, the agency acts as the default research and development wing of the Pentagon. DARPA has essentially the same responsibility that it had at its inception in 1958. It’s mission is to keep America at...

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Don’t Put All of Your Eggs in One Cabinet

As President Trump nears his 100th day in office, pundits and journalists alike are beginning to publish their critiques, concerns, and complaints. For most outlets, the 45th POTUS represents an ideology that runs antithetical to the very fundamentals of liberalism and democracy—a move that they feel endangers the entire nation. Tensions with Russia are rising. North Korea is growing increasingly agitated. Syria continues to be a hotbed of instability. However, a select few remain optimistic. Mattis, McMaster, and Tillerson have been affectionately coined “the adults in the room,” serving as level-headed negotiators to calm President Trump’s sporadic and seemingly impulsive behaviors. Many outsiders trust...

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Science in the Time of Trump

The Trump Administration’s recent budget proposal includes behemoth cuts and few details. It is necessarily vague—to President Trump, the nuances of budget cuts are inherently irrelevant so long as nuclear research and defense allocations skyrocket. This was his platform, and there are certain benefits to increasing funding in these areas. Sadly, scientific research is taking the brunt of Mr. Trump’s ruthless cuts. The proposed budget would deal a serious blow to many of the government’s science-driven agencies. It would slash the NIH’s funds by 18%, delivering a decisive blow to key biomedical research sectors. The EPA would be down by 31.4%. ARPA-E, the...

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