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All content by Anant Naik

Naik: The need for campus debate

Published September 14, 2017

As a senior at the University of Minnesota, I’ve often found myself gazing in the past, scouring through the many memories stored in the patterns of synapses in my brain. Perhaps the most potent lesson...

Naik: Physicians’ role in healthcare

Published July 26, 2017

After volunteering in the emergency department of a county hospital for several months, I realized how difficult it is for physicians to truly fix medical issues rooted in socioeconomic inequality.A flow...

Indian Student Association needs to speak out about recent events

Published March 10, 2017

Editor's Note: The University of Minnesota's ISA released a statement on their Facebook page after this column was published on March 10, 2017. The post denounced recent acts of violence,...

The frightening aspects of Donald Trump’s foreign policy

Published December 9, 2016

Let me tell you a horror story — imagine if the U.S. elected someone who, within his first month elected, may have destroyed American diplomatic ties with China, allegedly endorsed a strongman dictator...

Castro’s life shouldn’t be celebrated

Published December 1, 2016

Last week, Fidel Castro died. Castro — a man who will be remembered for his revolutionary movement in Cuba, hundreds of survived assassination attempts, his unwavering resentment of the United States...

In a Trump administration, scientists must be strong-willed

Published November 17, 2016

When Galileo proposed an idea on the astronomical position of the earth that contradicted the predominant view by the Roman Catholic Church, he faced trial and house arrest. His ideas were viciously condemned...

Candidates’ ads have shown their muster

Published November 8, 2016

Effective political advertisements have been crucial for major candidate wins during presidential elections. When Lyndon B. Johnson ran against Barry Goldwater in 1964, a brief and controversial TV advertisement...

Doctors need to be the impetus for change

Published November 3, 2016

Imagine yourself going to a clinic. You’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness by one of America’s finest medical professionals. They say, “Take drug X, and you’ll feel better.” You take your...

The importance of meditation

Published October 27, 2016

Yesterday was perhaps the worst day of my semester. Stark deprivation of sleep coupled with anxiety over midterms was not a good combination for me, or for anyone else.It’s easy to forget with all that’s...

How students can be engines for creative change in Haiti

Published October 13, 2016

Last week, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti — a country already reeling from a cholera crisis that has killed thousands of people and crumbling infrastructure coupled with housing shortages from...

Expand the City of Peace Project

Published October 6, 2016

If this past year has been any indication, Minnesota has work to do to promote racial equality and cohesion. Just this year, the death of Philando Castile revealed an ugly bruise — one that narrated...

Break the freedom of speech double standard

Published October 1, 2016

Last year, Minneapolis civil rights attorney Jordan Kushner was banned from the University of Minnesota after being arrested for trying to videotape police-protester interactions at a Law School guest...

America’s problem with opioids

Published May 25, 2016

On April 21, Prince — one of the world’s most iconic singers — died. The cause of his death remains shrouded, but according to law enforcement officers, Prince had prescription opioid...

Student researchers deserve payment

Published December 14, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you are a student in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. You’re also working a job at a local store or restaurant to pay for your college...

Bridge the development gap worldwide

Published December 8, 2015

Over the past several days, negotiators from many countries have come together in Paris to determine a sustainable climate change policy. Issues like reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable...

Do something about gun violence

Published December 7, 2015

The aftermath of last week’s San Bernardino shooting was similar to those of most other mass shootings in the country — a devastated community, coverage of minutiae regarding the shooters and...

Who would benefit from a Fall break?

Published December 1, 2015

A couple days ago, the Minnesota Student Association started a petition on the well-known Change.org to implement a fall break for students at the University of Minnesota.    Some of the petitioners...

Identity theft is easy to prevent

Published November 30, 2015

With the first round of holiday shopping over, you may be looking at your card balances with awe — maybe you really did buy too many TVs. It’s also possible you’ve become a victim of...

Homeopathetic: Failed health outcomes coupled with lies

Published November 25, 2015

More than 200 hundred years ago, a German doctor by the name of Samuel Hahnemann developed his idea of curing diseases using materials that caused symptoms of disease in a healthy person. For example,...

Change, don’t soften, the “war on drugs”

Published November 9, 2015

An extensive article by the New York Times recently discussed important information regarding how drugs like heroin are becoming more prevalent in the United States.    While heroin usage has...

Democratic debate lacks strong winner

Published October 19, 2015

“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!”   This was Bernie Sanders’ response to the Hillary Clinton email scandal.    “Thank you....

India’s environment shaping up

Published October 14, 2015

India is often one of the first countries people think of when they think about pollution and environmental problems. Yale University’s Environmental Performance Index ranks India at 155 out of 178...

Trans-Pacific trade deal — or no deal?

Published October 12, 2015

Many countries that border the Pacific Ocean have finally agreed upon the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement between them. This agreement has attracted important opposition not only from...

MSF attack is an open wound

Published October 7, 2015

Last week, I took out my phone as I was waiting for the Campus Connector to read the news. As I normally do, I saw depressing stories about all sorts of domestic issues and international crises.    However,...

Roots of democracy are seeds of failure

Published October 5, 2015

After 9/11 the United States went out to plant the “seeds of freedom” in Iraq and Afghanistan. At that time, former president George W. Bush argued that the seeds of democracy don’t grow...

Cyberspace’s hollow detente and curtsy

Published September 29, 2015

Last week, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged support for a cybersecurity agreement to quell the rising tensions between the two countries in cyberspace. The purpose of this...

Pope Francis parts the Red Sea

Published September 28, 2015

Asea of dark-suited Congress members looked on in anticipation at Pope Francis, who stood in a radiantly white cassock with a matching pellegrina. Even before he spoke, the Republican “sea”...

Think fast: weaponized AI is approaching

Published September 22, 2015

Robert Oppenheimer, the famous physicist who fronted the effort to create the atomic bomb in the United States, said, “In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement...

Syrian civil war needs cooperative solution

Published September 17, 2015

Germany recently announced that it would be willing to accept 500,000 refugees every year from the grueling Syrian civil war. All across Europe, countries are facing a humanitarian conundrum: whether to...

Changing the study abroad experience for real change

Published September 14, 2015

The loud crowing of a rooster woke our team at 6 a.m. after our first night in Yulo, Bolivia. Yulo is a small community of fewer than 100 people living on the valley of the Juckucha River, about...

Newest health care merger a bad sign

Published July 29, 2015

Over the past several years, the Affordable Care Act —commonly known as “Obamacare” — has placed a concerted effort on reducing the cost of health insurance premiums so that more...

Progress unlikely in Congress

Published July 15, 2015

January of last year was marred by fear and uncertainty for those living near the Elk River in West Virginia, where a chemical spill had contaminated the water and raised serious concerns about how chemical...

Pope advocates for environmental reform

Published July 1, 2015

Pope Francis argued in his encyclical a few weeks ago, “Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption in order to combat this warming or at least the...

Genetic engineering: Not just science fiction

Published June 10, 2015

In 1997, the movie “Gattaca” was released, showing the concept of eugenics. In the film, children were genetically engineered to have the best characteristics of their parents. Movies like...

Developing countries overlooked in crises

Published May 27, 2015

For the past several years, the term “energy crisis” has been used to address a lack of renewable energy sources. The transition from coal to solar and hydroelectric power has been an ongoing...

NASA budget cuts a major setback for all

Published May 4, 2015

In the past week, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee introduced a bill that would essentially gut NASA’s Earth exploration program through a $300 million cut in funding.    The...

Religious hypocrisy and science don’t mix

Published April 28, 2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican of Louisiana, has recently resurfaced in the national political realm, grasping at straws to stay relevant. Some speculate it’s a ploy for a potential presidential...

Mandating vaccines helps health policy

Published April 21, 2015

A vaccination bill in California is facing fierce opposition from concerned parents. The bill would mandate children get vaccinated before allowing them to attend schools. This would, according to anti-vaccine...

Shortcomings in Ebola epidemic should be lessons for the future

Published April 20, 2015

Over the past year, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people. In an interview with NPR, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the head of the World Health Organization’s...

Long-term costs of hydraulic fracturing need considering

Published April 13, 2015

On April 2, citizens of Irving, Texas, reported earthquake tremors. Many of these tremors were felt several miles away in cities like Dallas and Fort Worth. The United States Geological Survey confirmed...

We can still end deforestation

Published April 7, 2015

Every year, 16 million hectares of forestland disappear. Many corporations slash jungles in the hunt for resources, which destroys local ecosystems. In terms of tropical rainforests, recent estimates suggest...

In defense of the Affordable Care Act

Published March 30, 2015

In an interview on CNN, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz explained that he plans to rely on “Obamacare” for his own family’s health care package. This comes as an interesting...

The case for the Affordable Care Act

Published March 23, 2015

Since its inception, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has insured more than 16.4 million American adults and decreased the uninsured rate to about 13 percent. Yet it has faced tremendous...

30-day mortality standard hinders effective medicine

Published March 9, 2015

For quite some time now, we’ve been critical about many of the government’s health care policies. Over the past few days, we’ve seen a wave of criticism appear over the health care mandate...

The illusion of the STEM grad shortage

Published March 2, 2015

Over the past decade, we’ve seen an increasing emphasis on jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. President Barack Obama set a goal to create one million new STEM graduates...

Air pollution important to climate debate

Published February 24, 2015

Over the past several years, we’ve seen more and more people grow concerned about the state of our planet’s environment. As Congress deliberates the Keystone Pipeline and deregulation of the...

Underclassmen slighted at job fair

Published February 19, 2015

Many College of Science and Engineering students had the opportunity to attend the school’s Career Fair on Tuesday. It was the largest spring Career Fair to-date, with 2,000 students and 137 companies...

Robotics: the necessary future of medicine

Published February 16, 2015

It seems that technological advancements in medicine are happening daily. Companies and universities alike are advancing the pace at which we are improving the quality of health care for many people. However,...

Clinical trials need a multilateral effort

Published February 10, 2015

For many years, medical advancements have faced a myriad of moral dilemmas. Perhaps one of the most important ones is the ethicality of human trials — not that they happen at all, but rather how...

Drones are the future, DC must catch up

Published February 5, 2015

When most people think of a drone, they have an image of a long, slender, plane-like craft armed with weapons or surveillance gear in the depths of the Middle East or Africa. This is fairly consistent...

Keystone XL highlights the harm the Senate’s ignorance

Published February 2, 2015

Climate change isn’t a political question. It’s a scientific question. Recently, the Senate debated whether humans are the cause for climate change. It did so to justify some topics senators...

The push for scientific prowess in India

Published January 26, 2015

Over the past year, India has made leaps and bounds in scientific advancements. According to the Nature Index 2014, a tool that quantifies the research contributions of a specific country, India came out...

The globalization of science and research

Published December 10, 2014

Thomas Friedman argues in his book “The World is Flat” that the world is rapidly globalizing. Services and the production of certain goods are being sent to countries around the world so that...

GMOs will be the future of agriculture

Published December 1, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Union’s executive branch, recently fired an EU scientific adviser because of her professional opinion that genetically modified foods, or GMOs,...

20+ event will challenge youth secularity

Published November 17, 2014

The Pantages Theater will hold an event called 20+ on Monday night. The event is part of a broader movement across America called Hillsong, which encourages young adults to rejoin the church and celebrate...

Science should speak for itself

Published November 12, 2014

Today, 97 percent of climatologists say that climate change is real and perpetuated by human activity, threatening to cause a global catastrophe. Hundreds of scientific societies, academies, agencies and...

Houston, we have a privatization problem

Published November 3, 2014

Two separate accidents have made this past week a nightmare for the movement to privatize space exploration. Orbital Sciences, a private firm contracted by NASA to refuel the International Space Station,...

Controversial virus research under review

Published October 27, 2014

Over the past several months, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has forced the international community to reconsider the way it responds to global health catastrophes. So far, the Centers for Disease Control...

Australian cuts make synergistic solutions

Published October 21, 2014

For the past several years, the Australian government has struggled to satisfy researchers and develop the sciences. Although the country’s economy has been booming for the last decade, recent cuts...

EU policy on pharmaceuticals is spot-on

Published October 13, 2014

When new drugs and treatments that claim to solve specific diseases or illnesses are released into the market, we’re often reluctant to question the “science” behind these medications....

Animals used in research have rights, too

Published October 6, 2014

For centuries, medical progress has relied on animal testing. Because testing primitive drugs on humans was completely out of the question, scientists took the liberty of using animals — often mice,...

Forget hype — science is still what works

Published September 29, 2014

The National Breast Cancer Coalition recently spoke out against the apparent inefficiencies of researching a cure for breast cancer. The coalition’s board members were disgruntled that breast cancer...

Entry-level research positions a catch-22

Published September 22, 2014

The University of Minnesota is moving forward in leaps and bounds when it comes to research. In science programs and beyond, it seems like everyone is doing research and developing novel ways to solve...

Why everyone should begin to meditate

Published September 15, 2014

Over the past several centuries, saints and mystics around the world have encouraged people to meditate to find inner peace. Even scientists have recently found evidence to suggest that everyone could...

Stem cell therapy can’t yet treat diabetes

Published September 8, 2014

 In November 1998, professor James Thompson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison isolated and cultured human stem cells, making a discovery that would revolutionize the future of genetics research...