Lead in Chicago’s Water

Back in 2014 I was giving a talk at the local library on a local environmental issue.  Afterwards a man came up and started telling me about the danger of lead in Chicago's water.  If you're like me, when someone starts talking about the danger to the water supply, your expectation is that tinfoil hat… Continue reading Lead in Chicago’s Water

On this Election Day

On this election day, when you decide between an insane trust-fund baby and a candidate that has proven themselves most adept at trading their public service for personal wealth, let us remember St. George:   The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You… Continue reading On this Election Day

The Chicago Cadet Cap

Democrats with Chicago Characteristics To many in the US, Chicago is the quintessential Democratic city. Indeed, the last Republican mayor of Chicago was "Big Bill" Thompson in 1931. But under the surface of that solid stretch of Democratic control are stories of power struggles and corruption that make Chicago's politics legendary. My hope is that… Continue reading The Chicago Cadet Cap

The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Today the science subreddit is having a discussion on racial bias in science in conjunction with Science Magazine publishing “Doing Science while Black,” by Dr. Ed Smith. This discussion has inspired me to share some research that I did a year and a half ago on the “pipeline problem” in tech, and STEM more broadly.… Continue reading The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

I get into the extended discussions about politics on Facebook.  Sorry, not sorry.  Recently, I got into an in-depth analysis of Bernie's chances going forward.  Given his big wins in Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, I pointed to this great project on fivethirtyeight.com to see how much he caught up. Who's on Track for the Nomination? describes… Continue reading Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

I’m Suing Civis Analytics

Update: Somehow I missed that members of the same Obama analytics team were called out for their lack of diversity on the campaign trail.  In this context, their quotes to and about me below provide an explanation. Update 2: My follow-up piece on this subject is here. Update 3: I also want to highlight more statistics about… Continue reading I’m Suing Civis Analytics

Single-celled Trump Says…

A team at the University of Oregon has found a single mutation that may explain the evolution from single-celled to multi-cellular life.  From the reddit ELI5 (Explain Like I'm 5) comment: In order to grow your lungs and other important organs in your body, cells have little rods that they point at other cells which then fit together in… Continue reading Single-celled Trump Says…