SA Special Editions Vol 30 Issue 3s

Special Edition

Volume 30, Issue 3s

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Bias Detectives

As machine learning infiltrates society, scientists are trying to help ward off injustice in algorithms

Solar Power's Benefits Don't Shine Equally on Everyone

Racial and ethnic minorities have less access to solar power, regardless of income, highlighting the need for environmental justice

White Chicago Cops Use Force More Often Than Black Officers

A new study of the city’s policing also shows differences between male and female cops

Microaggressions: Death by a Thousand Cuts

The everyday slights, insults and offensive behaviors that people of marginalized groups experience in daily interactions cause real psychological harm

How Economic Inequality Harms the Environment

Power imbalances facilitate environmental degradation—and the poor suffer the consequences

People of Color Breathe More Unhealthy Air from Nearly All Polluting Sources

A trend of disproportionate exposure to deadly air pollution among Asian, Hispanic and Black people persists in most cases regardless of the emission source, a study finds

Inequality before Birth Contributes to Health Inequality in Adults

Improving newborn health is more essential now than ever

The Brilliance Paradox: What Really Keeps Women and Minorities from Excelling in Academia

How a misplaced emphasis on genius subtly discourages women and Black people from certain academic fields

We Learned the Wrong Lessons from the Tuskegee 'Experiment'

It’s understandable that Black Americans are wary of vaccines, but that despicable episode involved the withholding of treatment, whereas vaccines actively prevent disease

The Harm That Data Do

Paying attention to how algorithmic systems impact marginalized people worldwide is key to a just and equitable future

George Floyd's Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America

The weaponization of medical language emboldened white supremacy with the authority of the white coat. How will we stop it from happening again?

We'll Never Fix Systemic Racism by Being Polite

Contrary to the sanitized version we sometimes hear about the civil rights movement, change was not achieved solely by protest marches and people singing “We Shall Overcome”

Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19

Public health specialist and physician Camara Phyllis Jones talks about ways that jobs, communities and health care leave Black Americans more exposed and less protected

From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

Protest expert Aldon Morris explains how social justice movements succeed

Police Violence Calls for Measures beyond De-escalation Training

Pairing the practice with greater accountability, better oversight of law enforcement and efforts to reimagine the role police play in communities could help reduce officers’ use of force

The Flexibility of Racial Bias

Research suggests that racism is not hard wired, offering hope on one of America’s enduring problems

How to Unlearn Racism

Implicit bias training isn't enough. What actually works?

A Civil Rights Expert Explains the Social Science of Police Racism

Columbia University attorney Alexis J. Hoag discusses the history of how we got to this point and the ways that researchers can help reduce bias against black Americans throughout the legal system

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working

The Racist Roots of Fighting Obesity

Prescribing weight loss to Black women ignores barriers to their health

How to Think about 'Implicit Bias'

Amid a controversy, it’s important to remember that implicit bias is real—and it matters

To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them

Two thirds of all U.S. maternal deaths are considered preventable. Racism—not race—is a critical factor


From the Editor
The Case for Antiracism
The Science Agenda
Three Ways to Fix Toxic Policing
Take Racism Out of Medical Algorithms
Clinical Trials Have Far Too Little Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Racism and Sexism in Science Haven't Disappeared
Implicit Biases toward Race and Sexuality Have Decreased
We Must Confront Anti-Asian Racism in Science
What Neuroimaging Can Tell Us about Our Unconscious Biases