I’ve written newsletters, quick news hits and longer features at outlets like Spectrum, VICE News and The Atlantic, to name a few. Below, you’ll find some of my favorites.
Community Newsletter: COVID-19 and social isolation, camouflaging and first impressions, more on the controversial JADD study
In the August 15, 2021, Spectrum Community Newsletter, I took a look at studies on how COVID-19 and social isolation have affected autistic people, how camouflaging and age at diagnosis can shape first impressions, and reactions to Spectrum’s article on the controversial “cost of autism” paper.
In this March 28, 2021, Community Newsletter, I highlighted social chatter about the pandemic’s effect on early-career researchers, #BlackInNeuro, one year on, and the controversy over ‘autism genes.’
On May 21, 2018, I took over the VICE News newsletter to break down everything that happened with unions and labor across the country that week.
In 2017, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, also known as SPD-1, directing NASA to send Americans back to the moon. Proponents of space travel to Mars worried the directive would doom Mars efforts.
In 2017, a multibillion-dollar court battle was raging in a small South Dakota town between a former heavyweight meat producer and one of TV’s Big Three networks. The sheer size of the case sent ripples through the media industry.
In 2018, teachers across the nation took notice after West Virginia’s strike prompted state legislators to increase pay for all state employees 5 percent. Oklahoma teachers, who made less than the teachers in every other state, geared up for a mass walkout April 2, the day after the state Legislature was mandated by law to pass an education budget.
While sitcoms are full of New Yorkers gabbing about therapy, the reality is that many people in the city suffer from mental health issues that go untreated. Health data gathered by city mental health workers shows that one group is overwhelmingly neglected: black New Yorkers.
In February 2016, I wrote about what the Zika virus, which was spreading through the Americas, had in common with yellow fever, dengue, and other flaviviruses.
In 2014, I wrote a literary feature piece on Amy Hassinger, the author of two novels, “Nina: Adolescence,” which was called “truly penetrating” by Salon.com, and “The Priest’s Madonna,” which Library Journal said was “marvelously written and researched.”
If you’re a regular weed smoker, you might just be having more sex, according to a study published in 2017 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. In fact, the study found that daily marijuana users are having sex 20 percent more often than those who aren’t 420-friendly.
In 2018, there was something weird going on with the Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists found that a man-made gas banned long ago in a global agreement to save the ozone layer was mysteriously reappearing. But they weren’t sure where it was coming from.
In 2016, I bought Skittles for the first time in years. When I ate a green Skittle, I had expected the lime flavor of yore, but no, it was the horrifying taste of green apple.
When I went to the Skittles Facebook page to see if other people were making a ruckus about the abomination that is a green apple Skittle within a package labeled “Original,” I found something more: humanity.
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