The Connecticut Repertory Theatre once again knocked it out of the park with their new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
To the editor:
July 5, 2018 was the first international celebration of LGBTQI individuals in STEM. You probably didn’t get to celebrate. In fact, you probably didn’t hear about it at all unless you happened to notice that it was trending on twitter for most of the day on Thursday.
Regrettably, it was not observed at UConn or recognized through any official university communications (so far as I am aware). It was celebrated elsewhere – by numerous professional societies (e.g. American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), top tier scientific journals (e.g. Science), and even popular magazines (e.g. Scientific American).
If you are curious to know why LGBTSTEM day is a big deal or worthy of celebration– Jon Freeman, an Associate Professor of Psychology at NYU did the research for you and published an editorial in the journal Nature on July 3 – it is a sobering read.
Here’s the short version: Individuals who identify as sexual minorities are underrepresented overall in STEM. As students, they are almost 15 percent more likely to switch out of STEM majors and at a faster rate than women. Of those who finish their degree and find jobs in STEM, over two thirds feel uncomfortable being open about their sexuality at work – especially if their employer doesn’t offer same-sex benefits.
There is no data about people who aren’t “out”. Despite many funding agencies (NSF), universities (ehem), and STEM employers having diversity initiatives, as they absolutely should, very few of these programs specifically target LGBTQI individuals or even consider them to be a minority.
We are lucky to be in Connecticut and at UConn - to live, work, and study in an environment where there are resources and support networks available. The future is bright. I’m here and I’m happy! But it would be incredibly naive, regardless of where we are, to pretend that these issues don’t exist. The numbers don’t lie. And even supportive communities are still riddled with microaggressions and implicit bias.
Visibility and representation matter 365 days a year, not just on July 5. But next year on LGBTSTEM day, I hope that we can give a visible affirmation to our LGBTQI students, staff, and faculty who work in STEM.
We see you. We welcome you. We want you here. We need the diversity that you bring to be the best.
John M. Redden, Ph.D.
Physiology and Neurobiology
The acquisition of Brown rounds out Hurley’s coaching staff. Brown joins a staff that includes Kenya Hunter, Tom Moore and Kimani Young as assistant coaches, director of basketball operations Eric Youncofski, director of scouting-video Tripp Doherty, director of human performance Sal Alosi, and athletic trainer James Doran.
Sexual violence is so stigmatized that we do not even have a global statistic available for boys of the same age. These are severe human rights violations, and they demand our attention.
News broke Friday afternoon that former MLB player Hanley Ramirez may be connected to both ongoing federal and state investigations.
Ramirez’s connection to the investigation was first broke by Boston-based investigative journalist Michele McPhee. McPhee, one of the first reporters to break the Aaron Hernandez story five years ago, sent out an ominous tweet regarding Ramirez.
Upon further explanation, it seems that Ramirez’s involvement in the case stems from a contact of his being stopped by police in Lawrence, MA, with a significant amount of drugs. The suspect claimed that one of the items in the vehicle belonged to Ramirez and went on to FaceTime the 34-year-old former first baseman in front of authorities.
The Red Sox cut Ramirez on May 25th. Since the news has broken, the organization has made it a point to explain that the move was strictly baseball-related.
Kevin Gregg, the Boston Red Sox vice president of media relations, said yesterday, "The Red Sox are unaware of any investigation involving Hanley Ramirez."
Meanwhile, Ramirez’s agent, Adam Katz, spoke to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, "Hanley has no knowledge of any of the allegations contained in this media report and he is not aware of any investigation."
Members of the Boston media are saying differently. One radio host explained on Twitter that he first heard the Ramirez rumors on May 29th, just four days after the Red Sox made the roster move.
I just went back through my text messages and can say that the first Hanley rumor I heard was on 5/29. I’m sure I was one of many people being told that info. Nobody should believe the #RedSox saying they were unaware of any off-the-field issues when he was DFA’d. https://t.co/KKPEFWscw3— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) June 22, 2018
It would make sense that this rumor has been out there for a while. While a talented Red Sox team cut Ramirez, there’s certainly room out there for the first basemen on another MLB roster. Up until Friday, it was surprising that Ramirez had still not found a job.
It may not be as surprising anymore.
Despite the last-minute posturing, media manipulation, and general over analysis, the 2018 NBA Draft has arrived. It is projected be experts to be an intriguing lottery and this a class with numerous distinctive and divisive prospects a bound. Still, it is largely considered a strong and deep class, far more so than the upcoming 2019 still over a year away. Here are some musings and blurbs on the various anticipated movers and shakers.
Chief Diversity Officer Joelle Murchison will be stepping down from her position at the University of Connecticut later this summer, according to a letter from President Susan Herbst that appeared in the Student Daily Digest.