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















I advocate for science literacy and high-quality journalism in these essays because I believe that news and information is essential to the democratic process. I don't, however, take a perspective on any news topics. Fair and unbiased science journalism - without a perspective or conflict of interest - is critical. That's why people turn to journalists for science information and news, not university publicity departments or company press offices.

The Sally Lehrman clip file: Opinion

BP Spill: Do news traditions trigger helplessness?

Oil spill reportIt's a common feeling these days, when climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and an oil-guzzling economy dominate science and environmental reporting. Such huge problems seem impossible for us to understand much, let alone assume a role in fixing. We journalists see it as our job to provide the information that can empower people to act. Could we be cultivating a sense of impotence instead?

California stem cell research: Were Voters Duped?

CIRM logoIt has been six years since California voters, awed by Proposition 71's list of potential cures for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and more than 70 other conditions, approved $3 billion in funding for stem cell research in the state. So where are the breakthroughs? In the Los Angeles Times: Great science requires patience by the public.

Our hands shape race's harmful hierarchies

confederate war photoWhether or not they can lay claim to a special category, the "Confederate Southern Americans" who want to write themselves into the U.S. census section denoting "race" have a point. In the San Francisco Chronicle: Census reveals history of U.S. racial identity.


Conversation about race long overdue

FenceWe can't expect President Obama, a police officer and a black history expert to vanquish racial bias over a beer in the White House. Instead, we need some back-fence dialogue, some coffee shop chatter, and some honest exchanges. In the San Francisco Chronicle: Racial 'don't ask, don't tell' makes no sense.

Also, check out my Boston Globe op-ed that looks at the rhetoric of race in America.

Genes don't spell out inequity

Medical symbolMore and more, researchers are holding out the hope that genetic differences may finally explain a good part of the troubling health disparities among races. In the New York Times: Race, genes and illness.


Evolution: Get it?

DarwinWhile people who support the scientific method do not accept the antievolution lobby's claim of "irreducible complexity," are they prepared with a coherent response? In the Boston Globe: Understanding evolution is crucial to debate.