what three-year-olds can tell us

This week we discovered that a 45-minute test given to three-year-olds has an extraordinary ability to predict their chances of leading a productive life. The test, given to a thousand children in New Zealand born in the early 1970s, measured their IQ, motor skills, language, restlessness, impulsivity and persistence. They were also rated for deprivation [...]

January, 2017|Uncategorized|

what can we control?

We all agree that 2016 was a most challenging year. Many of us anticipate this new year with some trepidation, but simultaneously great hope, sustained by our belief in the resiliency of human spirit. To actively shape a better 2017 and beyond, let us constrain stress to more manageable levels (some can be good for us!). We can learn to distinguish between [...]

January, 2017|Uncategorized|

the ultimate selfie: what healthy people can learn from getting their genome sequenced

Michael Snyder never saw it coming. Healthy, trim, and active at age 54, the Stanford geneticist decided to undergo whole genome sequencing (WGS) in 2010, when the technology was just being established at his university. Snyder figured he’d be a “guinea pig” for WGS not only to satisfy his own curiosity, but because, at the [...]

January, 2017|Uncategorized|

Push for New Pact on Climate Change is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth

"If history is any guide, the rich countries of the world will say how concerned they are about the damage their emissions of heat-trapping gases are causing. The poor countries - whose people have done little to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the most from it because of their vulnerability to rising [...]

September, 2014|Uncategorized|

response to the new york times on sanctions for penn state

To the Sports Editor of The New York Times: Although the N.C.A.A. punishment is significant in terms of financial repercussions for Penn State, a critical question is whether such consequences serve the most constructive purpose. It would be heartening if some of the money were earmarked for education, prevention and clinical research in sexual abuse. [...]