Month: September 2010

September 13, 2010

The plague of bedbug false alarms

My story on bedbugs is now up on Slate. This story was inspired by a series of run-ins with bedbugs — both real and assumed — in Baltimore and Washington, DC. Writing this piece helped reaffirm for me how little we know about household biology (who exactly are the tiny critters we co-habitate with?) and how easily we mistake a long list of small insects for bedbugs. Perhaps my next big project will be an illustrated guide to household bugs.

September 12, 2010

Academic funding for journalism

Friend Monica Campbell has a nice piece in Nieman Reports, a site of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard where Campbell was a fellow last year, about our respective experiences finding funding through university research centers. She describes her own work with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and trips to Juárez, Mexico earlier this summer. And she mentions my opportunity to travel to China in July through the excellent Center of a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Kudos, Monica.

September 9, 2010

Ciudad Juárez: the view from El Paso

I took this photo yesterday from the University of Texas-El Paso campus. On Aug. 21, a stray bullet randomly flew from approximately this neighborhood on the Mexican side of the border into a glass door on campus during a shootout. Students were apparently “unfazed” in their excitement to start school. Life on the border goes on.