Behold! Using the power of science to interrogate societal assumptions around race and gender! We talk with theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein about her article “The Physics of Melanin” and how scientific research is always shaped by our human backgrounds. Then, we talk with biologist and sociologist Shay-Akil McLean (AKA @hood_biologist!) about decolonizing science—and the physical marks that inequality leaves on our bones.
THE PHYSICS OF MELANIN
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SHOUT-OUTS AND RESOURCES
• Check out Shay-Akil McLean’s site Decolonize All the Science for more commentary on white supremacy in science.
• If you want to watch the documentary that inspired an 11-year-old Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein to someday become a physicist, good news! A Brief History of Time is available on YouTube.
• The song about astronomer Henrietta Leavitt heard in the beginning of this episode is by the band The Corner Laughers. Great song!
• The photo featured along with this podcast is by Mobilus in Mobili (Creative Commons).