Benjamin Plackett

Benjamin Plackett

Since 2013, Benjamin has been travelling to the Arab world to tell stories of science and research, sometimes in recent post-conflict zones. He's met researchers, who at great personal risk, hurriedly buried their expensive lab equipment as ISIS approached Mosul and he's interviewed university administrators attempting to rebuild the region's answer to Oxbridge even as terrorist attacks continue to threaten the campus. His work has been published by Scientific American, Associated Press, CNN, and Engadget amongst others. He has an M.A. in journalism from New York University and a B.Sci. in biology from Imperial College, London.

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Data & Surveys Health & Medicine Research

U.A.E. Researcher Develops New Way of Measuring Stroke Damage

Benjamin Plackett | 27 Aug 2019

Strokes are an increasingly common health problem in Arab countries. A scientist in Abu Dhabi uses technology and careful observation to better evaluate stroke severity and improve rehabilitation.

Data & Surveys Health & Medicine Research

A New Way of Attacking Viruses Could Help the Arab Region

Benjamin Plackett | 19 Aug 2019

Researchers are developing single treatments that could fight a wide variety of disease-causing viruses, many of them prevalent in Arab countries.

Academic Freedom Data & Surveys Health & Medicine Human Rights Publishing Research

Arab Researchers Face Challenges in Studying Sexual Orientation

Benjamin Plackett | 07 Aug 2019

An Arab reluctance to discuss sexual orientation and sexuality makes it difficult to study related topics in the Middle East, researchers say. But they’re optimistic about the future as attitudes change.

Data & Surveys Publishing Research

False Research Results—A Global Problem That Includes the Arab World

Benjamin Plackett | 31 Jul 2019

Data analysis by Al-Fanar Media has found that two of the highest research producers in the Arab world—Egypt and Saudi Arabia—also have some of the highest rates of retracted articles, which are often related to scientific misconduct.

Health & Medicine Mental Health Refugees Schools Science

Teachers Can Help Refugee Students’ Mental Health, Report Says

Benjamin Plackett | 15 Jul 2019

A UNESCO policy paper calls on schools and teachers to detect and treat the mental-health problems of refugee pupils. Many of the recommendations are relevant to universities.

Faculty Health & Medicine Research Science

Bureaucracy Unnecessarily Slows Down Human-Tissue Research, Arab Scientists Say

Benjamin Plackett | 08 Jul 2019

Some researchers say winning government permission for work with humans or human tissue is unnecessarily difficult in some Arab countries, slowing them down.

Health & Medicine Research Science

Researchers Confront Puzzles About Risk and Disease in the Arab World

Benjamin Plackett | 28 Jun 2019

With non-infectious diseases on the rise, scientists and policy makers look for ways of obtaining more reliable data about who’s most at risk.

Health & Medicine Research Science

In Muscat, Rare Mice Help Scientists Understand High Blood Pressure

Benjamin Plackett | 13 Jun 2019

With access to a laboratory that houses mice and rats, a researcher in Oman has created a new biological insight into high blood pressure, a major health issue in the Arab region.

Accreditation Education Reform Quality Students

An Arab Student’s Guide to Higher-Education Accreditation

Benjamin Plackett, Sarah Wachter | 06 Jun 2019

This article is an updated companion to our searchable database of internationally accredited higher-education institutions and programs in the Arab world and Turkey. The database has also been refreshed after in-depth research and accredited programs that train teachers and those that teach English have been added.

Conflict Curriculum Politics

Peace Engineering, a Budding New Discipline, May Spread to the Middle East

Benjamin Plackett | 06 May 2019

The emerging field encourages engineers to think about how technology and plans for rebuilding cities could contribute to—or hinder—peace and social cohesion.




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