In his article The Ships Landed Long Ago: Afrofuturism and Black SF, Mark Bould discusses the general color-blind nature of science fiction. Many pieces of science fiction portray a world where race does not matter because those issues are a thing of the past. Often this results in a general…

“It matters what ideas we use to think other ideas with. It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what ties tie ties. …

Mid Semester Essay Assignment

In modern science, it is pretty typical that certain people are heavily praised for their work, and that some people never really make it out of the shadows. Two pieces, Radioactive by Lauren Redniss and the film Hidden Figures, attempt at focusing on the latter. Because…

The study of space and exploration outside of our planet, and even our universe, has been a major focus of the scientific community for decades. More recently, there has been a large interest in studying black holes and extraterrestrial life. Using telescopes, scientists have come closer and closer to being…

Science, for a long time, has often portrayed itself as being too complex for the minds of the general public. Thus creating a separation between information in a scientific context, and that of which is communicated to the general public. Massimiano Bucchi describes in his writing, Of Deficits, Deviations, and…

For the mid semester essay assignment I have narrowed down three possibilities that I am interested in looking deeper into:

  1. Representation of Minorities and Women in Publication: For this topic I would look especially at Hidden Figures and Radioactive to analyze how each of these pieces were constructed to represent…

Today in the genetic world of science we have successfully mapped the entire human genome, and are going to hopefully use this to better the medical community. But not too long ago, we didn’t even know what DNA looked like. Famously, we remember that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered…

In Objectivity or Heroism? One the Invisibility of Women in Science, a piece by Naomi Oreskes, she discusses the ideas of heroism and objectivity and how the value of them in the scientific world leads to a male dominated field. She discusses objectivity as the idea that scientific findings are…

This past summer, prior to the start of this fall semester amidst a global pandemic, ICE released policy regarding the visas of international student. This statement was put in place to only allow international students who are taking fully in-person classes, or only one online class to remain in the…

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