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"Colorbindness" and the Cruel Non Sequitur "all lives matter"
Dear "colorblind" white people: Imagine that your house and the houses of your neighbors were broken into repeatedly over the course of a month. Further, imagine that there was no response from law enforcement. If you and your neighbors complained, "Our hou...
Dear "colorblind" white people: Imagine that your house and the houses of your neighbors were broken into repeatedly over the course of a month. Further, imagine that there was no response from law enforcement. If you and you...
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What to do when you hurt someone: Stop talking, start listening
Guest post by Renée Hlozek There have been a lot of emotions flaring within the larger astronomy community. There have been friendships severed and alliances forged while debates raged in the open forum. As a community we've been dealing with some of the fo...
Guest post by Renée Hlozek There have been a lot of emotions flaring within the larger astronomy community. There have been friendships severed and alliances forged while debates raged in the open forum. As a community ...
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Now that's pretty shameful...
"If we can work out out how to climb into metal birds, slip the bonds of this Earth and soar through the air to visit these territories, we should be able to figure out how the 4 million people who live there can be adequately heard." So why is it that US c...
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How Reverse Racism Works

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How to apologize when you've been called out
I've noticed that the hardest thing for white people to do is to properly apologize when their insensitive, privileged words have a negative impact on people around them. What can you do? Learn how to apologize properly. Here's a handy 9-minute video:
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Thursday evening music break: Rega
Because I've been dealing with too much shit today, I need a music break. I present Rega with "agility."  I wonder what kind of asian they are :)  I love that they are fusing together two forms of music invented by Black folk---rock and jazz---and infusing ...
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very nice!!!!
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The Banneker Institute at Harvard: Summer of 2015
Looking back at my blog this Summer I was both surprised and not surprised that the last post dates back to the beginning of July, more than a month ago! It's surprising in the way that time often seems to fly, especially during the summer months in contras...
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Comments and Responses to Decolonizing Astronomy
Alex Sapchik writes: I thought that from the natural science point of view, rectifying injustice done to past generations is simply impossible for thermodynamic reasons alone. You would basically be trying to force a complex, inherently unstable system back...
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NASA K2's first planet discovery
Cambridge, MA - To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft's death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working. The evidence comes from the discovery of a ne...
Cambridge, MA - To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft's death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working. The evidence ...
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Are Black People Wrong About Police Abuse?
This morning, I came across this polling result regarding the police shooting of Michael Brown: This plot, this statistical result, demands an explanation. How is it that two groups of Americans can see the world so very differently? Setting aside any appea...
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Owen wins his first $1 buy-in, heads-up tournament
I went up 2:1 in chips early in the game. But Owen took a walk into the kitchen, drank some cold water, and mounted his comeback. He made a great lay-down in a tough spot, bluffed the socks off of me in a big pot, and in the end snap-called my bluff with KK...
I went up 2:1 in chips early in the game. But Owen took a walk into the kitchen, drank some cold water, and mounted his comeback. He made a great lay-down in a tough spot, bluffed the socks off of me in a big pot, and in the ...
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Discoverer of planets, shooter of basketballs, launcher of birds that are angry
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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Astrophysics, 2000 - 2007
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Physics, 1995 - 2000
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  • Harvard
    Professor, 2013 - present
  • California Institute of Technology
    Assistant Professor, 2009 - 2013
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