What it means to be a whistleblower

Choosing to be a person of authentic integrity is a key part of my identity. It isn’t easy. Actually, that’s an understatement. It is frickin’ hard, and sometimes horridly difficult. Oftentimes there are no personal benefits, other than the quiet certitude of knowing I did the right thing.) In the worlds of business or academia, […]

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Science + art in an award-winning video poem

Years ago, when I taught introductory biology to university undergraduates, covering the topic of cell division meant guiding students through understanding and memorizing the stages of mitosis (asexual reproduction, essentially cells duplicating existing genetic code) and meiosis (sexual reproduction, where cells divide to create new genetic combinations). While I directed my students to academic videos […]

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the inconsolable loss of a mighty water warrior

The tribute below formed part of the eulogy read at Harry’s memorial service in Bishop. I also wrote a piece for KCET/PBS Southern California which can be read here. This week I join the Bishop Paiute and thousands of others who mourn the loss of Harry Williams: an elder, a Water Protector, and the world’s […]

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Tomorrow is juneteenth

Tomorrow is Juneteenth, “the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,” one of the more complex observational “holidays” in the USA, because the date of June Nineteenth is related to a number of other key dates, including: September 22, 1862 when President Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation January […]

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an artist’s take on Sheltering-in-Place

For ten months we have been steeped in isolation as families, communities, and governments struggle with the ebbs and flows of this generation’s pandemic. Each of us has coped in whatever way we can, wrestling with a demonic assortment of challenges: loneliness (or its opposite, if we’re crammed into an overpopulated or antagonistic household), cabin […]

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