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‘Truth and Healing Commission’ could help Native American communities traumatized by government-run boarding schools that tried to destroy Indian culture


RELIGION For Indigenous Peoples Day, a scholar of Native American studies explains why understanding the tragic history of Indian boarding schools is important for healing to take place. 1137 words. By David Beck, The University of Montana

Flu season paired with COVID-19 presents the threat of a ‘twindemic,’ making the need for vaccination all the more urgent

COMMENTARY Recent computer modeling shows the upcoming flu season might see a surge in cases. Coupled with COVID-19’s continued threat, doctors are again urging Americans to get their shots. 1024 words. By Mark S Roberts, University of Pittsburgh and Richard K Zimmerman, University of Pittsburgh

None of the 2021 science Nobel laureates are women – here’s why men still dominate STEM award winning

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Science fields are improving at being more inclusive. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia. 1433 words. By Mary K. Feeney, Arizona State University

Caring for the environment has a long Catholic lineage – hundreds of years before Pope Francis

RELIGION Environmentalism may seem like a new mindset, especially in the Church. But care for creation has been woven into Catholicism for centuries. 1033 words. By Joanne M. Pierce, College of the Holy Cross


4 tips for choosing a good college – and getting accepted

COMMENTARY An expert on ‘college knowledge’ suggests strategies to boost your chances of getting into your dream school. 806 words. By Timothy Poynton, University of Massachusetts Boston

Perseverance’s first major successes on Mars – an update from mission scientists

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY Perseverance and its helicopter sidekick, Ingenuity, have been on Mars for nearly nine months. The duo have taken rock samples, performed first flights and taken images of the delta in Jezero Crater. 1114 words. By Melissa Rice, Western Washington University and Briony Horgan, Purdue University

Land acknowledgments meant to honor Indigenous people too often do the opposite – erasing American Indians and sanitizing history instead

COMMENTARY Land acknowledgments state that activities are taking place on land previously owned by Indigenous peoples. They’re popular – but they may harm more than they heal, say three anthropologists. 1165 words. By Elisa J. Sobo, San Diego State University; Michael Lambert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Valerie Lambert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 4 essential reads

RELIGION A French report on the scale of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy is the latest revelation in the crisis, but its roots go back decades – or more. Here are a few of our many related articles. 670 words. By

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