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  • Writer's pictureChristie


Topics of discussion

  • How activism and science can go hand in hand

  • How scientists and academics can take actionable steps as an ally

  • Highlighting transjoy when discussing resilience

Got to sit down with the incomparable Anna Marie LaChance. Anna Marie is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Connecticut and she has been a leader in integrating concepts of anti-racism and abolition in her instruction of bio courses, chem courses...polymer-elasticity and promoting environmental justice. Being the nerd that I am, it was an absolute pleasure to learn some many new things and gain some new perspective. Check out her podcast The Rule 63!

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  • In my particular district, all schools used the same bus company. The Catholic schools started earlier than the public schools.

  • Abolition: 1 : the act of officially ending or stopping something : the act of abolishing something abolition of the death penalty. 2 : the abolishing of slavery a proponent of abolition.

  • Season of the Bitch: Season of the Bitch (SotB) is a leftist feminist podcast comprised of 6 hosts, referred to as The Coven, talking politics and culture.

  • Gloria Jean Watkins, best known by her pseudonym “bell hooks”, is an author, activist, and feminist whose work centers around race, gender, and class

  • The Stress Response is elicited by a stimulus setting off a chain reaction in three stages: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion.

    • Alarm – This occurs when we first perceive something as stressful, and then the body initiates the fight-or-flight response (as discussed earlier).

    • Resistance – If the perceived stress continues, the body stays activated at a higher metabolic level in an effort to offset the persistent stress. The body cannot maintain this level indefinitely, and its resources will eventually deplete.

    • Exhaustion – Prolonged exposure to the stressor will result in the depletion of the body’s resources, and the resulting wear and tear will suppress the immune system and cause bodily functions to deteriorate. This can lead to a variety of health issues and illnesses, including heart disease, digestive problems, depression, and diabetes. Source: Lumen Learning

  • “When stress is excessive, it can contribute to everything from high blood pressure, also called hypertension, to asthma to ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome ,” said Ernesto L. Schiffrin, M.D., Ph.D., physician-in-chief at Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital, and professor and vice chair of research for the Department of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Source: American Heart Association

  • Redlining as noted in ‘The Color of Law’, “comes from the development by the New Deal, by the federal government of maps of every metropolitan area in the country...the Federal Housing Administration, which was established in 1934, furthered the segregation efforts by refusing to insure mortgages in and near African-American neighborhoods — a policy known as "redlining."

  • Air Pollution is the presence of substances in the atmosphere that are harmful to the health of humans and other living beings, or cause damage to the climate or to materials. “Most air pollution is man-made and derives from poor combustion of fossil or biomass fuels (e.g. exhaust fumes from cars, furnaces or wood stoves). Urban outdoor air pollution refers to the air pollution experienced by populations living in and around urban areas (i.e. cities).” Source: World Health Organization

  • LuLu” stands for locally unwanted land uses. Lulus can include power plants, dumps (landfills), prisons, roads, factories, hospitals and many other developments

  • Transformative Justice is a framework promoted by Dean Spade providing a response to violence, harm or abuse without more violence, harm or abuse.

  • The stomach contains 100 million neurons.


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