A Scientist’s Response to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on September 9, 2021 A report came out on September 7th, 2021 covered by The Seattle Times citing the NIH has allotted $1.6 million to five different institutions to study whether the coronavirus vaccine impacts menstruation. I would like to use this opportunity to give a skeptic scientist’s perspective on whatContinue reading “A Scientist’s Response to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate”

Dear Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Fellow Humans: Be Controversial.

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on July 29, 2021 Believe it or not, a doctoral program isn’t designed to make you an expert in your field: that is a pleasant consequence. Sometimes I think even scientists forget this. A PhD program is designed to teach you how to think. It teaches you how to ask theContinue reading “Dear Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Fellow Humans: Be Controversial.”

Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on May 20, 2021 The goal of this piece is to highlight the division that is running rampant through our country. I find the majority of arguments these days are built on assumption and polarization. Instead of arguing productively, we just angrily shout at our metaphorical neighbors over the fence thatContinue reading “Scientism: Rationalizing Cultural Polarization”

Science-Backed Authoritarianism is Still Authoritarianism

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on April 14, 2021. An article inspired by me constantly finding myself cast aside as “the other” within groups I thought I identified with. How “science” became a politically polarizing topic. We are in an interesting social environment recently. We have loud minorities of people aggressively defending anti-science principles (anti-vax, anti-climateContinue reading “Science-Backed Authoritarianism is Still Authoritarianism”

Capitalism Reinforces Biased Science

By Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, PhD on April 8, 2021 Industry science unapologetically profits off of academic grunt work. Academics are the underappreciated foundation that allows pharmaceutical companies to succeed. According to National Science Foundation, nearly half of academic research in the US is covered by government funding. Every lab I’m aware of received some federal grantContinue reading “Capitalism Reinforces Biased Science”