Author Archives: Paityn Desautels

Keynote Lecture

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Saturday evening, John Vandermeer spoke for an hour as the keynote speaker of the SftP conference. He was introduced by Katherine Yih, an epidemiologist in Boston and member of the Ann Arbor SftP. Yih offered a wonderful introduction, speaking of Vandermeer’s wonderful characteristics that led to his contributions, including his work in Nicaragua.   Vandermeer gave an incredibly moving speech. … Read more »

Toxics and Occupational & Public Health

Frank Bove, Scott Schneider, David Kotelchuck, and Frank Mirer offered an interesting talk concerning health on Saturday afternoon. Frank Bove spoke of his work with the grassroots organization ECO-Action, active in Georgia. In this group, he works with communities to solve local issues concerning toxic chemicals. Bove discussed the importance of the precautionary principle and an epidemiologist’s responsibility to apply… Read more »

A Much Too Brief Display of Saturday Night’s Talent

Saturday night the UMass campus was blessed with the presence of Walnut Da Lyrical Geni, Sara C & the Sagamore James Band, and Papel Machete, puppetry with a message, a project of AgitArte. I was able to catch a few moments of the puppet festivities, though by no means do these clips do the night justice. I wish I could… Read more »

The Militarization of Science

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The militarization of science, particularly at the University level, was and is a subject of great interest to speakers Jonathan King, Frances Crowe, and Derek Denman as we heard at the SftP conference last Saturday afternoon. Held on the 26th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois library, the panel’s location reflected the lofty heights of the discussion. Jonathan King discussed… Read more »