Activism

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and the R01 Thirst Trap

    As I spend the day reflecting, I have read this newly released article from my colleagues Michael Taffe and Nicholas Gilpin at eLife about 10 times. Each time I read it, I discover something else that tickles my brain and provokes my thoughts. Do yourself a favor and go read Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Racial inequity in grant funding from…

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    Andy Mills, Audio Producer and Noted Harasser of Women, Keeps Failing Upwards

    I listen to a lot of podcasts and radio shows, and yet I had never heard of Andy Mills until women in radio started speaking out against him. If you have ever listened to Radiolab (on WNYC) or the shows Caliphate and The Daily (from the New York Times), then you’ve heard his work. He’s audio producer with a reputation…

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  • Do Not Give Away Our Shot!!

    I woke up at about 2 am to use the bathroom, as women my age are prone to do. After a profoundly unsatisfying pee, I checked Twitter. I’ve got a friend on a crazy COVID-19 sleep schedule and he’s usually up at about that time. He’s got a perfume blog that you should check out. Remember blog rolls? I miss…

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  • Do Not Fall Prey to Nature’s Trap Without Changing Your Behavior

    Yesterday I wrote about a problematic new paper from Nature Communications suggesting that trainees are disadvantaged by being mentored by women mentors. This morning, as I try to engage with my laboratory, home school my children, clean the house and do laundry because my physician husband has clinic, and try to eek out some small amount of time for myself,…

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  • Science’s Greatest Strength Will Never Stop Being People…

    Last week I gave a job talk to some college students from another university. The students who attended were very clearly motivated to pursue careers in biomedicine, but I realized very clearly during the question and answer portion of my talk that they didn’t need me to really share technical information. They needed reassurance that they were deserving of a…

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  • Two board murals. The left one features a solidarity fist with the words "Black Lives Matter." On the right is says "Say Their Names" and lists the names of many of the black victims of police violence.

    Black Lives Matter Has Covered Cities in Political Art

    For many of us that live in neighborhoods where protests in opposition to police violence against black people have taken place, the look and feel of the neighborhood has changed as many businesses have boarded up their windows. In some cases the boards went up due to actual broken windows, but in most cases, businesses have boarded their windows in…

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    Quickies: Activism and #BlackBirdersWeek

    I honestly don’t know where to begin after a week like this in the United States. Or should I say, yet ANOTHER week like this, because, in a lot of ways, we’ve been here before. Last week, I posted a short list of actions and ways to learn about racial justice. That got expanded into a Google doc because making…

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  • #BlackOutTuesday

    I have lots of thoughts about recent current events, but today is not the day to say any of it. My heart is broken. Now is a time to listen. We have a lot of work to do, mi gente. A lot of work, indeed. I get a kickback from the ad revenue for all the shit I post here…

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