Frank Ruffino

Three Ideas

1. Standpoint theory

Specific instances of times when the focus of science was narrowed due to the majorities agenda

“What are some examples of this and how do you know”

Standpoint theory gives the ideology, Marie Curie and other sources being examples

Halpern, M. (2019). Feminist standpoint theory and science communication. Journal of Science Communication, 18(4), C02. https://doi.org/ 10.22323/2.18040302

Redniss, L. (2015). Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout. Harper Collins.

2. Who the leaders in science are/who is painted to be the leaders

Mainly white men; problem has improved but is not nearly perfect

Hidden Figures exposes this, also modern day science examples

Marie Curie contradicts this in a sense, still impacted by it

Redniss, L. (2015). Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout. Harper Collins.

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By now it’s safe to say that everyone is about ready for this virus to go away. COVID-19 has kept quite possibly every individual on Earth from living a normal life for about half a year now. Staying home, wearing masks everywhere, not being able to gather in large groups, and having to be conscious of just about every subtle move they make are all factors that would soon go away given the discovery of an effective vaccine. So, the question is, what is the big wait all about. It’s 2020 and our technologic capabilities have grown exponentially in the recent past, I mean we have the internet at our fingers in a moments notice, so we have to be able to whip up a vaccine for this world renowned bug, right? Well, vaccines, for a multitude of reasons, are not nearly that simple, and it actually oftentimes takes about ten years to effectively create a vaccine. To start, the process costs about $500 million dollars start to finish. Though money likely wouldn’t be a factor in the midst of a pandemic, this is a good representation of the complexity of the process of creation. At the molecular level, it needs to be understood what this virus looks like, the proteins it contains, and how to allow the body to create antibodies to resist the very specific contaminants of this virus. Given that a virus is much, much smaller than any type of bacteria, the difficulty of the process can be understood. Following a possible development, the vaccines must be tested and proven effective, which is quite possibly the most difficult part. But it isn’t necessarily the science that makes for issues, but rather the ethical issues regarding how to prove its effectiveness.

How has modern day science not yet released a vaccine for COVID-19?
How has modern day science not yet released a vaccine for COVID-19?