Roots to STEM: The Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Sciences

Black women face a very specific and unique set of stereotypes that strain the degree of their engagement in many societal and public spheres. One such rarely-investigated sphere is the STEM fields, where black women are exceptionally underrepresented. In response to an academic Documentary Video Challenge, my colleagues and I at Drake University sought to … Continue reading Roots to STEM: The Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Sciences

A dangerous series of if-then statements; the code of ethics for physicists and philosophers

A dangerous series of if-then statements; the code of ethics for physicists and philosophers Ethics are components of a system by which one may distinguish between two or more equally desirable and undesirable options. At least, that’s how ethics are differentiated from morals, the latter being the system by which one distinguishes between good and … Continue reading A dangerous series of if-then statements; the code of ethics for physicists and philosophers

Student journalist and blogger wins third in Iowa for marijuana story

The Iowa College Media Association voted the following article third best news story of the 2017-18 school year. It was originally published in the Drake Relays edition of the Times-Delphic last April. ‘High-curious’ marijuana users no longer risk jobs, scholarships through senate bill One small possession for Iowans, one big leap towards legalization by Lórien … Continue reading Student journalist and blogger wins third in Iowa for marijuana story

Toys for philosophers: the many orderly dimensions of the tesseract

Toys for philosophers: the many orderly dimensions of the tesseract “Wanna see something cool?” is a question I ask quite frequently at mass social engagements now. It’s usually queried unsolicited of some hapless chap who made the mistake of letting the conversation dwindle to an awkward silence. Yes. This is how I interact with people. … Continue reading Toys for philosophers: the many orderly dimensions of the tesseract

Défiler by Stromae: A commentary on upward mobility

Défiler by Stromae: A commentary on upward mobility Stromae, a world-famous Belgian musician, left the spotlight after the release of his second album in 2013 and has since remained dormant. But he emerged from his occupational slumber in April 2017 to release a single—”Défiler,” meaning “to parade.” The song is just under ten minutes long … Continue reading Défiler by Stromae: A commentary on upward mobility

A star shines on the hour of our Elvish lesson: An introduction to Tolkien’s languages

A star shines on the hour of our Elvish lesson: An introduction to Tolkien’s languages Despite having been named for the legendary Elvish forest in the works of J.R.R Tolkien, my interests in silvology and arboriculture are inexcusably limited. It’s high (elven) time I write about what I know. What I lack in these realms … Continue reading A star shines on the hour of our Elvish lesson: An introduction to Tolkien’s languages