Peggy La Cerra, an evolutionary neuroscientist living in Ojai, found she could not stay silent this spring in the face of a new administration in Washington, D.C., that plans to drastically scale back the role of science in government. Although troubled by the massive budget cuts proposed for scientific agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, she was especially alarmed by the Trump administration’s advocacy of “alternative facts” over science. “Science is arguably the pinnacle of [human] decision-making,” she said. “It’s the best way to cull out individual beliefs and get to the...Read More
Author: VC Reporter
Ventura Hillsides Conservancy hosted the “Backyard Collective” with 150 volunteers from local businesses pitching in to restore the habitat and build trails at the conservancy’s Big Rock Preserve along the Ventura River Parkway. This Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day), the conservancy will host a similar event at the preserve, this time with 150 employees from Starbucks. To get involved with future events, go to...Read More
No one knows the tiny Saimiri collinsi species of squirrel monkey living in the eastern Amazonia forests of Brazil like Anita Stone. The assistant professor of biology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks has been studying the monkeys since 2000. She spent a full year in the field collecting data for her doctorate. It was the best experience of her life, she says, albeit a lonely one for much of the time. She returns to her native Brazil for about two months every summer to monitor the monkeys’ behavior. This summer, she will take two Cal Lutheran undergraduate...Read More
by Jackie Gardina Local experts discuss the legal hurdles and issues facing President-elect Donald Trump in his first 100 days in office. This week, we continue with President Trump, the First Amendment and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President Trump and the Dreamers On Jan. 25, President Donald Trump issued an executive order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” The order received wide attention because it threatened to withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities. But buried deep within the order was a dramatic shift in immigration enforcement priorities. The new enforcement priorities...Read More
Local experts discuss the legal hurdles and issues facing President-elect Donald Trump in his first 100 days in office. This week, we continue with President Trump, the First Amendment and the travel ban. President Trump and Freedom of Religion The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The courts have interpreted this clause as preventing the government from favoring one religion over another. Under this provision, the government must not, for example, provide funding to a church if that same funding isn’t available to a mosque...Read More
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