Weekly Round Up: Stephanie Coontz, Daisy Hernandez, Robert Kirshner

Happy Wednesday! Let’s see what our speakers are up to this week:


Australia is about to poll its citizens about their opinions regarding same-sex marriage, and Stephanie Coontz was asked to weigh in on the history and purpose of the institution.


You may never have heard of the infectious disease Chagas, but 300,000 Americans (mostly in the South) have it. You probably have heard of ‘pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli … and he was getting ready to jack up the price on the drug that treats it, except activists and doctors got out in front of it and saved that from happening, reports Daisy Hernandez in Slate.com.


Nice article about the kinds of science-related philanthropy being done by Robert Kirshner through his position with the Moore Foundation.  Way to go, Bob!