I’m seeing some alarming confusion about what “quarantine” means, as millions are traveling right now. Sitting in the same room, even masked, is not quarantine. Eating together or sharing a bathroom is not quarantine. Risky behavior is not suddenly safe if you put on a mask.
Getting tested is not a fail-safe. There are false negatives. Testing accuracy depends on when you were tested relative to when you were infected.

Tests, masks, and distance are tools to reduce risk, not eliminate risk. Risk is determined by exposure: who you see, where you go.

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31 Oct
Halloween may be for the supernatural, but nature can be plenty scary, too! It's time for Natural History: Halloween Edition!
We begin with the Death's Head Hawkmoth. With a spooky scull print on its back, this moth features in Dracula, Silence of the Lambs, and works by Edgar Allen Poe, and is associated with death in folklore. Death's head hawkmoth. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Death's Head Hawkmoth larvae eat potato plants, accumulating toxic chemicals to be poisonous to predators. The adult moth has evolved to suck honey, and it raids beehives, mimicking bee pheromones to sneak in undetected.
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18 Sep
Folks in leadership: Anything that doesn't absolutely need to be done right now should be triaged. This is not the time to be overhauling systems, designing new programs or launching initiatives if they don't directly support life and work in a pandemic. Stop making excess work.
Further, if your RFP or request has a short turnaround, IT IS EXCLUSIONARY. The only people who can participate in fast-track opportunities are those who aren't disproportionately carrying excess domestic duties even in the best of times, AND THESE ARE NOT THE BEST OF TIMES.
My college just asked us to submit a proposal to work with our Top Scholars, full-ride students who are given slush funds for research. Awesome program! But what's not awesome is being given a week to submit proposals. A WEEK. In a pandemic.
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17 Sep
Yeah, except D-Day wasn’t an orchestrated stunt putting GIs’ lives at risk for entertainment. Your actions are doing the opposite of making the world safer.


An embarrassed Badger
Speaking of D-Day, we canceled football in WWII, which maybe more people would know if they cared as much about college humanities as they do about college sports. 🤷🏻‍♀️
I mean, I don’t see what giving unpaid student athletes potentially fatal heart conditions (on top of TBI) has to do with making the world safer or spreading democracy or whatever, but I’m also not an millionaire athletics director, I’m just a professor.
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17 Sep
I’m so sore from training, both in the good way, and also the “almost 40” way. And I keep thinking about how different my body would feel now if I’d been told that strength train was a thing women could do when I was younger. I will never not be angry about this.
As a kid in the 80’s and 90’s, the fitness options were all cardio. I hated running. My parents couldn’t afford martial arts, which I wanted to try. I quit basketball for theater in 8th grade because of bullying (I wore my dad’s old shoes and couldn’t pay for tanning and waxing).
It wasn’t until my late thirties that I started strength training seriously. And I love it so much. Along with boxing, I finally feel like I’ve found what makes my body happy. I have friends who have been runners since middle school. I wish I’d been training all that time, too.
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16 Sep
It's #SureFineWhatever time! I'll be live-tweeting X-Files episodes for the next two hours. Mute if you don't want to hear women in STEM and friends talk science, Mulder's ties, and feminism. We're starting with S3E7 The Walk.
This place seems nice. Restful. A person could really heal from their traumas in this hospital.

Scully: Who would we talk to if we need to investigate Callahan?

Captain: For what?

Scully: Do you see this face? Don't try me. You don't know what I've seen. Who I've killed. Who I've stopped from killing me. I'm your worst nightmare. Stand the fuck down.
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27 Aug
I've been thinking a lot about this piece since I read it earlier in the summer. I read it for a nonprofit board I'm on (a local feminist healthcare provider), but it's so, so applicable to academia.

One of the biggest insights for me was "Confusing Informality with Equity." I see this play out so often in labs (for white men, too). There are a lot of ways this plays out, but it boils down to: pretending a power structure doesn't exist doesn't remove it.
One thing you learn on a board is that a conflict of interest isn't inherently bad: it just needs to be disclosed. Similarly, in a lab setting, a power dynamic isn't inherently bad: how you communicate it, acknowledge it, and work around it is what can make it harmful.
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