Even those who are climate change skeptics are beginning to acknowledge that, as stated by Vice President Mike Pence at the October 7, 2020 Vice Presidential Debate, “The climate is changing.” Whether or not one truly understands that climate and weather are two different entities, and whether or not one acknowledges that this is not a good change, the fact is that these events, including wildfires, hurricanes, rising temperatures, and heavy rainfall contrasted with droughts, all lead to both direct and indirect health issues. The American Medical Association, along with multiple other groups, created The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, hoping to facilitate public awareness of climate change impacts on global health. And while impacts of climate change has been offered as an elective course for medical students and trainees, it has not yet been incorporated into standard curricula for medical education.
Federal authorities launched a sweeping probe of Princeton University after the Ivy League school acknowledged the role systemic racism has played on its campus, the school said Thursday.
The 274-year-old university published a letter from Department of Education Assistant Secretary Robert King saying that Princeton could be asked to return federal funds it has received — totaling $75 million since 2013 — when university President Christopher L. Eisgruber took office.
King focused on a Sept. 2 statement by Eisgruber announcing efforts Princeton would take to combat systemic racism.
“Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” King wrote. “The Department is further concerned Princeton perhaps knew, or should have known, these assurances were false at the time they were made.”
The department’s probe of