• Boston Globe: Yes, broadband is a necessity

    Kvetching about the high cost or sluggish speed of your Internet service used to be the ultimate first-world gripe. So what if YouTube puppy videos kept buffering, or a three-minute pop song took five minutes to download? If the monthly bill seemed stiff, well, the service was optional anyway. But yesterday’s luxury is today’s ticket […] More »

  • National Institutes of HOPE

    Robust research is medicine’s field of dreams — from which we will one day be able to harness the cures for now-chronic and deadly diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease and cancer. It’s the kind of research they do at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But right now, that field is starting to wither […] More »

  • Huffington Post Op-Ed: Relegating Alzheimer’s Disease to the History Books

    Last weekend, CNN aired the television premiere of Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, an extraordinary documentary about a beloved country music star’s farewell tour during his fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Faced with an inevitable decline, the award-winning singer performed 151 emotional and inspiring sold out concerts over a 15-month period. During the making of the […] More »

  • We must lead the way

    Last week, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical on climate change, calling for urgent action from nations across the globe to address the effects of our warming climate. In anticipation of this historic event, I wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe calling on the United States to be the global leader in this effort. […] More »

  • Boston Globe Op-Ed: US must take the lead on Pope Francis’ call on climate change

    When Pope Francis releases his historic environmental encyclical this week, he will be preaching to the world, but the world will be looking to the United States to lead. The pope will deliver a practical message: Mankind created this problem of climate change, and now mankind must fix it. And as one of the world’s top emitters of the pollution that’s warming our planet, America has the moral obligation to act. More »

  • SouthCoast Today: Sen. Ed Markey wants Internet ‘erase button’ for kids

    U.S. Sen. Edward Markey wants web sites to come with an “erase button” that parents can use to scrub personal information about their children from the Internet. The proposal is one of several updates that the Massachusetts Democrat says are needed to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, which he authored as a House member. “The Internet […] More »

  • USA Today: Collision-avoidance could be part of car ratings

    Legislation being proposed in the U.S. House and Senate today would require federal auto regulators to include information about collision-avoidance systems in their new car safety ratings. The legislation is being proposed by U.S. Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. It comes just […] More »

  • Demand insurance companies follow the law

    The Affordable Care Act was a huge victory in the fight to expand reproductive health services for women. Health insurance companies are now required by law to provide reproductive health care — like birth control — at little to no out-of-pocket cost. But according to recent studies, some insurance companies are ignoring that requirement. We […] More »

  • MetroWest Daily News: Washington’s response to the opioid crisis

    The opioid addiction epidemic is a crisis not just here in Massachusetts but across the country, and the federal government has a big role to play in addressing it. Fortunately, the crisis is producing something unusual in Congress: bipartisanship. One positive sign is the letter sent this week by two senators who don’t often see […] More »

  • Huffington Post: Refueling America’s Research

    When is the last time basic science research touched your life? If you’re using a cellphone or the Internet, drinking clean water, using public transportation, or receiving medical care, for example, then the answer is “right now”! Wherever you look, from health care to consumer goods, wireless communication to transportation, food to national security, we […] More »