Hetali Lodaya
Hetali Lodaya

Chemistry and public policy major interested in science policy, STEM, social entrepreneurship, and development. Interdisciplinary efforts a plus. Also always up for bhangra, NPR, or a good fantasy novel. NCSSM '10, UNC '14.

Aug. 22, 2013

One Chart That Shows Exactly Who Makes the Minimum Wage In America

As Washington, D.C., debates raising it, who earns minimum wage and how might they be affected?

June 26, 2013

DOMA History: How Did Such a Discriminatory Law Ever Pass?

DOMA's inception and passing were motivated primarily by forces that are frequently both irrational and effective in the United States: fear and politics.
May 25, 2013

There Are 535 Members Of Congress. How Many Of Them Really Understand Math and Science?

Ten percent of Congress has some background in a STEM field, broadly defined. That's not enough when it deals with so many critical issues in science and technology every day.
May 17, 2013

Fisher v University of Texas: Is the Supreme Court Getting Ready to Kill Affirmative Action?

The Supreme Court will give a decision on affirmative action in college admissions this summer or next. Signs indicate it could go either way, but we may not be ready for race-blind admissions.
May 14, 2013

5 Things You Should Know About the GMOs You're (Probably) Eating

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, show up again and again in the news, online, and in popular media. Be an informed consumer and brush up on the basics.
March 22, 2013

3 Ways the American Mental Health System Has Fallen Apart

Around 26% of Americans over the age of 18 have a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, but our mental health care system is far from well equipped to address their treatment needs.

March 21, 2013

Coal Divestment Campaigns: Universities Lead the Charge Against Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuel divestment campaigns have been successful in shaping public discourse and could hopefully lead to desired policy outcomes.
Jan. 24, 2013

America's Biggest Problem is Not Guns in Schools, But Bad Math and Science Teachers

While science and technology policy is rarely at the forefront of American politics, without it, America will fall behind.