Award-winning science reporting by Sally Lehrman with an emphasis on race relations, identity and gender.


















Sally LehrmanAre iPS cells the answer to the embryonic stem cell debate?

Despite hopes to the contrary, skin cells reprogrammed to return to their embryonic state may be just as morally fraught as those extracted from embryos. Bioethicists I interviewed in San Francisco urged scientists and the public to start thinking now about the tough decisions that may face us as the work progresses. The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University features this podcast on the iPS cell debate.

Health disparities: What's behind the story?

It's a life-and-death story, and journalists could do a better job being detectives. Rather than simply highlighting dramatic racial disparities in life expectancy and health, we can show what's behind them. Venise Wagner, journalism professor at San Francisco State and I show how to take the story deeper in both health and education in a free training webinar for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. And, for a fresh take on the continuing challenges facing news organizations that want to cover all the participants in U.S. society fairly and equally, check out News in a New America, funded by the Knight Foundation.

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