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Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D.
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Playing the Game or Hacking the System?

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 1:42 PM

Calling all "civic hackers"!

June 1, 2013 marked the first National Day of Civic Hacking. The organizers describe it as a time for 'creating, building, and inventing open source solutions to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country.' And what I...

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Which Comes First: The Woman or Her Eggs?

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 4:30 PM

To Pay or Not to Pay

Imagine two women sitting in a waiting room -- one is a store clerk, and the other is an investment banker -- preparing to donate their eggs for a particular type of stem cell research.* There are some who think that payment could coerce...

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Beyond Tokenistic Inclusion: Science, Citizenship, and Changing the Questions

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 3:30 PM

The old photograph struck me immediately. The caption read: "Ella Tyree, 29, inject[ing] atomic materials into animals to determine effects of radiation on humans."

The image, published by Ebony magazine, showed Tyree, a black female scientist trained at Spelman College, working in an atomic science laboratory near Chicago circa 1949....

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