Heather Tomko Contributing Editor

Class of 2010


  • RIPA in Britain restricts people’s rights to privacy

    Right now, as I’m writing this article, local officials — let’s say, members of the Carnegie Mellon administration — are standing behind me, watching and taking note of every letter, every word, every sentence I type.

    Forum | October 26, 2009
  • Freedom of speech, media limited in South America

    Writing for a newspaper, it is fairly obvious that freedom of speech is something that is important to me. I like having the ability to have opinions and write about them without having to worry about whether I’ll get in trouble for what I believe. I sometimes take this freedom for granted, and it is difficult for me to wrap my head around the thought that people in other countries do not all shar...

    Forum | October 12, 2009
  • Health Talk: Spinal Muscular Atrophy

    Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the name given to a group of inherited genetic diseases characterized by the loss of motor neurons, which are the nerve cells that transmit impulses from the brain or spinal cord to muscle tissue.
    This inability of the brain and muscle tissue to communicate with each other results in severe muscle weakness and atrophy in the muscles closest to the trunk of the bo...

    SciTech | September 28, 2009
  • Racism, discrimination still exist in Southern schools

    I remember going to my senior prom in high school: spending all day getting dolled up — doing my hair, my nails, my make up; putting on the dress I had spent (too many) hours picking out; taking millions of pictures with all of my friends until we saw flashes every time we blinked; dancing away at the Hilton downtown for hours. And then I think about what my night would’ve been like if only some o...

    Forum | September 28, 2009
  • Health Talk: Cystic Fibrosis

    In the past few decades, rapid advances in technology have led to corresponding advances in medicine, which have then resulted in exponentially better treatment for people with diseases that had earlier been a certain death sentence.

    SciTech | September 21, 2009