Meet the ‘Mediators’ Who Connect Scientists and the Public

Fossil Preparators Are a Panacea to a Closed-Off Field—And Their Work Offers a New Model for Research

How do colossal Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops fossils get from the ground to the natural history museum? And could that process—which involves not just paleontologists but a largely uncredited group of staff and volunteer fossil preparators—have the power to make science more transparent, trusted, inclusive, and effective? These are two of the questions tackled by University of Virginia social scientist Caitlin Donahue Wylie at yesterday’s Zócalo/Issues in Science and Technology event, titled “Can Dinosaur Fossils Make Science More Accessible?”

“We all know how incredible the fossils are, but the work behind …

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Meet the New Guards of L.A. Culture

New Faces, New Buildings, New Names, and More Are Coming

The cultural scene of Los Angeles is in the process of redrawing itself—in the last month alone, two institutions have announced their first female executive directors, Johanna Burton at the …

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The Paperwork Poverty Trap

How Forms, Long Lines, and Other Types of Bureaucratic Sludge Hold Everyone Back—Especially the Most Vulnerable

Cass R. Sunstein has thought a great deal about sludge. No, not the wastewater treatment byproduct, but the “yucky stuff” we are all doomed to encounter in our daily lives, …