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Akron Law faculty member receives Professionalism Award

When Joann Sahl became a member of the legal profession in 1986, she said she had one goal in mind, providing access to justice to low-income individuals.
It’s an objective she’s carried out in various capacities over the years, initially as a public defender and then as a legal aid attorney and currently as a facult ... (full story)


State-by-state battles over abortion rights are replacing national debate

(THE CONVERSATION) The abortion landscape in the U.S. has been upended over the past five months, as many clinics offering the procedure have closed and people have traveled across state borders to obtain abortions where it remains legal. The percentage of people getting legal abortions has also dropped.
Division over abortion d ... (full story)


COVID-19, RSV and the flu are straining health care systems – two epidemiologists explain what the 'triple threat' means for children

(THE CONVERSATION) Every fall and winter, viral respiratory illnesses like the common cold and seasonal flu keep kids out of school and social activities. But this year, more children than usual are ending up at emergency departments and hospitals.
In California, the Orange County health department declared a state of emergency ... (full story)


Why fixing methane leaks from the oil and gas industry can be a climate game-changer – one that pays for itself

(THE CONVERSATION) What's the cheapest, quickest way to reduce climate change without roiling the economy? In the United States, it may be by reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
Methane is the main component of natural gas, and it can leak anywhere along the supply chain, from the wellhead and processing pl ... (full story)


Rappers are victims of an epidemic of gun violence – just like all of America

(THE CONVERSATION) Add the name of Takeoff, a member of the popular rap trio Migos, to the ever-growing list of rappers, recent and past, tragically and violently killed.
The initial reaction to the Nov. 1, 2022, shooting death of Takeoff, born Kirsnick Ball, was to blame rap music and hip hop culture. People who engaged in this ... (full story)