Stereotype

*This post is written by blog contributor Zuhrat Inam* I have lived in the States for more than two years now, and while I have experienced stereotyping before, NEVER have I experienced it to this extent as I did tonight. I was attending the Indian Student Association’s fall show- Masakali at Northrop. Before the show,…

How to care for yourself when society values being busy

(Photo Source: https://phoenixrisingcollective.org/2015/09/01/its-time-to-let-go-heres-a-self-care-challenge-to-help-you-do-it/) A lot of the conversations that I have almost always includes the parties involved (including myself) describing and comparing just how busy our lives are. It’s almost as if our busy, chaotic lives should be worn as a badge of honor. Our society has put too much worth on being tired, unavailable,…

Crime and Punishment and Science: What Exactly is Scientific in Forensics?

(Image credit:  http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/q-a-with-jennifer-mnookin:-raising-the-bar-for-scientific-evidence-in-court) Systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system has been painfully highlighted recently in mainstream media.  As a scientist, researcher, and person of color, I have been thinking about ways to eradicate that discrimination in both long and short times scales.  Based on my experience trying to change safety culture (i.e., helping researchers…