Activism

  • What Does It Mean For The Show To Go On?

    Earlier today a rag-tag group of people gathered in Northridge Park in Coralville, Iowa. I walked over to a table and saw some little children drawing on pennants with puffy paint. They were creating dedications to my son. One looked up at me and asked, as she would have any nearby grown-up, “How do you spell Charlie?” I spelled it…

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  • A Time to Re-Open…

    I started tweeting about this a little bit ago, but I now realize it might be enough thinking to be its own post. On Monday I was invited to give a talk, hosted by some old friends and new collaborators. On the way there, I was thinking about what I would talk about and looking through my slides. So many…

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  • Focusing on the Cut and Shoot…

    I’m not sure that it’s possible to describe the worst day of your life. It’s been almost three weeks since I lost one of the brightest stars at the center of my galaxy. The first week was a whirlwind. Family flew in, casseroles arrived, cards and flowers, the lady who helps us clean came more than necessary, but it was…

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  • 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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