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…

What about Samantha Bee? The Lack of Feminist Coverage for “Full Frontal”

Hey, y’all. So, remember that story from a year ago or so when Jon Stewart left the Daily Show, and many, many people were outraged that Trevor Noah, the south African comedian, replaced Stewart’s seat instead of a woman? Remember the hashtags directed at Jessica Williams, then one of the long-standing Daily Show correspondents, to…

We Pick Up the Pieces and Turn Away

image: Genaro Molina/L.A. Times When I wake up in the morning I reach for my phone, switch off my alarm, type in my passcode, and scroll through any messages I received during the night. I respond to friends who sent me funny videos, I confirm plans made for later that day, and I smile upon…