By: Hollis Lyman
Edited by: Christina M. Swords (Marvin)
A Surprise Diagnosis for an Inmate
Marchell Taylor Sr. had been out of prison for 4 years in January 2016, but he longed to return. He felt that “no one valued him anymore, he wasn’t important, all his relationships were damaged, [and] he was a financially broke business founder.” He needed an escape, and found himself back in prison after an aggravated robbery with a second-degree kidnapping charge. Mr. Taylor had gotten his wish, and his need for escaping life escalated into a suicide attempt that left his unconscious for five days.
Mr. Taylor was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and several psychological disorders and dysfunctions. Simplistically, he was a 47 year old man with a brain functioning more like a 10 year old child’s.
Many people associate brian injuries with professional athletes and car accidents. However, TBI is even more prevalent in vulnerable populations and these incidents rarely get the same attention in the media. Communicating the relevance and importance of TBI should be a major goal for neuroscientists and psychologists, as there is a great need for more research into TBI off of sports fields. Continue reading for more information and links to resources for scientists and the public.
Amidst National Reckoning with Racial Injustice the Physics Community Reflects on Its Own Inequities
By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan; @Ironmely
This post was originally published on Karmela Padavic-Callaghan's blog on July 6, 2020. Please check out more on her site here.
“What does physics have to do with police brutality?” physicist Prof. Philip W. Phillips asked in his opening remarks during an American Physical Society (APS) webinar on making physics inclusive and equitable. The rest of the panelists, all Zoom tiles taking up my computer screen, featured familiar faces from the world of physics advocacy, including the APS President-Elect Prof. S. James Gates, Jr. The moderator was Prof. Lisa Randall, a physicist with significant public presence in her own right, and the event was co-sponsored by four other professional societies focused on physics. Physicists tuned in in thousands.
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