Buried deep at the end of an obscure panel discussion.
Question: Whats up with chicks in science?
Guy: Slightly off topic, but never the less interesting. Does anyone want to [in audible] maybe if their genetic differences between men and women. Explain why more men then women are in science? Anyone wanna touch that?
NDT: I’ve never been female [laughing] But I have been black my whole life. [laughing] so let me perhaps offer some insight from that perspective because there are many similar social issues related to access for equal opportunity. That we find in the black community as well as the ummm community of women in a male dominated, white male dominated society. And I’ll be brief because I want to take more questions. When I look at throughout my life I’ve know that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old, on my first visit to the Hayden Planetarium, I was a little younger then Victor at the time, although he did it before I did. [laughter] So I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expression of these ambitions. And all I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist. Was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of nature, forces of society. Anytime I expressed this interest teachers would say, “don’t you wanna be an athlete?”. You know I wanted to become something that was out of the paradymes of expectation, of the people in power. So fortunately my depth of interest, were so deep and so fueled and enriched, so that all of these curve balls that were being thrown these fences built in front of me, and hills that i had to climb, I’d just work for more fuel and I’d keep going. Now here I am, one, I think, one of the most visible scientist in the land. And I want to look behind me and say where are the others who might have been this, and their not there. And I wonder, who, what are the blood on the tracks that I happen to survived that others did not. Simply because the forces of society that prevented at EVERY TURN, every turn! To the point where I have security guards following me as I go through department stores, presuming that I am a thief. I walked out of a store one time, and the alarm went off, and they came running to me. But I walked through the gate, at the same time a white male walked through the gate, and that guy just walked off with the stolen goods. Knowing that they would stop me and not him. Thats an interesting sort of exploitation, you know what a scam that was! People should do that more often!
Women [next to NDT]: [laughter] Don’t promote shop lifting! [laughter]
NDT: So my life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks in the sciences, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I KNOW that these forces ARE REAL! And I have to survive them in order to get where I am today! So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there is equal opportunity, THEN we can have that conversation!
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Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans:
Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
April 29, 2014
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
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Description: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Senate’s Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will chair a hearing entitled “Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety.” Because of inadequate social and mental health services, law enforcement officers have increasingly become the first responders for individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities who are in crisis.
Recent high-profile tragedies have demonstrated the need for law enforcement officers to receive additional training to safely address these situations. State and local law enforcement agencies have taken the lead in developing innovative solutions, such as Crisis Intervention Teams. Localities that use these approaches have seen fewer injuries and deaths among officers and people with mental illness or developmental disabilities, increased jail diversion rates, fewer lawsuits following crisis incidents, and stronger ties with the mental health and disability communities. This hearing will explore how Congress and the Executive Branch can support and strengthen these efforts.
Hearing Attendance: This hearing is open to the public. Interested members of the community are encouraged to attend. For planning purposes, the Committee requests that those planning on attending indicate their intent to come by completing an online RSVP at: http://goo.gl/2dmgSH
Statements for the Record: Chairman Durbin invites stakeholders to offer their perspectives and experiences on these issues by submitting written testimony to be included in the hearing record. These statements help educate Committee members about this issue and are important to demonstrating community interest. Statements must be submitted as a PDF or Word Document of 10 pages or less, and should be emailed to Durbin_Testimony@Judiciary-dem.Senate.gov as early as possible, but no later than Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Please note that the Subcommittee cannot accept previously published information, such as newspaper articles or reports, as a statement for the record.
Senator Dick Durbin is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all constitutional issues, and all legislation and policy related to civil rights, civil liberties and human rights. The Ranking Member of the Subcommittee is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
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