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…

Free to be Me: Growing Up Multiracial in America

(Photo Source: http://aas340olspring2013.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-identity-crisis-of-multiracial.html) “What are you exactly?” Ahh. The all too familiar question I receive either from complete strangers or from friends who finally feel like they’ve known me long enough ask. To answer that exact question, I’m just like everyone else. I’m human! But I’ve learned that when someone asks me this, I should…