No winners, no sides

Memorial Day repost

Noony Trudges On

A man saw my name tag today and asked, Are you Lao?
I said yes and smiled
because it’s rare to meet someone who can pick out Lao names.
He said he once hired a man to do the work of 8,
who never complained and never let him down.

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Repost: Noony’s two cents on science education

Three years and one career later, I still remember how Pollack’s original article resonated so deeply for me. I feel like I am definitely further along my journey to the most rewarding scientific pursuits but still have a long way to go.

Noony Trudges On

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

– Marie Curie

be964fc0fcd54c78d24684b262b3fe9aNearly a century of feminine progress has been unsuccessful in eliminating gender bias within certain careers.  Recently, Eileen Pollack’s inspiring article in The New York Times has sparked a flurry of praise and inquiry as to why there is still a paucity of women who pursue careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  It strikes me as odd because women were making discoveries of human importance long before they could vote.  The unfortunate reality is, just because women have the legal right to do the same things as men (in this country anyway), it doesn’t necessarily mean we get equitable opportunity…

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5 years later: Reflections on Laos, Bombs and the UN Convention on Cluster Munitions

In 2010, I was part of a delegation from Legacies of War that joined 1,200 other participants in Vientiane to attend the first meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It was the most significant international disarmament agreement in decades and it was unexpected – that this dynamic and fast-moving international process, […]