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FDA Shutters 23andMe after Four Years of Repeatedly Demanding They Do Their Homework. Article on the need for validating genetic tests used as direct-to-consumer medical tests (Big Think, Nov 25, 2013)

The End of the Filibuster: John Rawls Belly Laughs and a Justice Failure is Corrected.  Article on the ethical arguments Rawls might make supporting the end of the filibuster in the US Senate  (Big Think, Nov 22, 2013) 

(Duke Computer Science Online Lecture, Sept 23, 2011) Presentation for the Visualization Friday Forum at Duke University.

(Duke Chronicle, Jan 28, 2011) Letter to the Editor discussing the recent controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A.

Block emphasizes 12 years of experience in YT race (Feb 2, 2010: Duke Chronicle). Profile for candidacy for Duke Board of Trustee election.

Manlius Native to Interview for White House (Mar 19, 2009: Syracuse.com)

Economic Antibiotics (Feb 2, 2009: Duke Chronicle)

Bioethics in the Obama Administration - Change.gov Participation (Dec, 2008: Obama-Biden Transition Project)

Duke students discuss campus safety
(Mar 16, 2008: ABC11)

Seeing Data and Nature in New Ways
(Jan 13, 2008: Duke Research)

How 'bout a round of bicycle polo on the roof? (Sep 10, 2007: Duke Chronicle)