Mildred Dresselhaus, a badass Jewish scientist whose monumental work with carbon helped build modern science and the nanotechnology industry as a whole, passed away on Monday in Cambridge, MA at…age 86. She was a a professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dresselhaus, dubbed the "Queen of Carbon" by other scientists, came from a humble background. She was born as Mildred Spiewak on November 11, 1930 in Brooklyn to Polish-Jewish immigrants from Poland--and, the Times obituary notes, grew up in the Bronx on public assistance.… >> Read More
Every year I get so excited for the Oscars. It is my Super Bowl, or more like my Puppy Bowl. I break out the vino and some snacks and sit there and marvel at those otherworldly flawless Hollywood…beings. I pull out all of the stops, even undoing the bun off the top of my head for the night; letting my hair flow free like a Mini Highland Cow (Google them, they’re super cute.) Especially this year as a new mom, it’s a treat (dog pun intended). Here are the top five reasons why… >> Read More
My third child was diagnosed with a rare syndrome at age 2—when my fourth baby was just 3 weeks old.
My son’s syndrome is called Sotos syndrome. It’s an overgrowth syndrome (so he looks…older than he is) that also causes developmental disabilities (so he acts younger than he is)—an excellent combination, if your goal in life is to be accosted by strangers in Target. At any rate, the stress of having four children, including a baby and a child with a label, was overwhelming, so one day, in… >> Read More
My 5-year-old keeps asking me what his babysitter did to make Donald Trump hate her. Of all the kid-driven questions I’ve had to field—Why is the sky blue? Where is heaven? Why can’t I have…candy for breakfast?—the hardest have been the questions we’ve been discussing recently: questions about why there are people in America who fear Muslims and want to keep them out of our country; why people want to build a wall between the U.S and Mexico; why people are protesting at the airport. As a mother and… >> Read More
I grew up in a conservative, lower middle-class, primarily Caucasian, small Midwestern town. It had a strong Christian and Catholic presence. You knew not to make plans with friends on a Sunday…morning. However, my family was the anomaly. I was raised Jew-ish (emphasis on the “ish”), the daughter of a divorced hippie mom who had lived in a legit commune in the 1970s. So I pretty much arrived on this earth a fully-formed progressive. I was ready to fight the primarily conservative town population about gay… >> Read More