A place where race doesn’t matter

In the summer of 2014, I co-coordinated the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE) Program. Funded by NSF and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, NAPIRE was designed to encouraging undergraduate Native American and Pacific Islander students to pursue careers in science. The program brought together undergraduate students from Tribal Nations and … Continue reading A place where race doesn’t matter

On Connections and Castanets

There are several aspects of flamenco that have bedeviled me since I first started studying the dance form a few years back. One of these is contratiempos. The other is the use of the castanets. Last week, I had the opportunity to tackle both in an intensive workshop with the Escuela de Flamenco Paulina Peralta in Costa Rica. Contratiempos is … Continue reading On Connections and Castanets

Checking in From Las Cruces

On the trail in Amistad Biosphere Reserve. This summer has been so extraordinarily active, I've had very little time to just "hang out" on the internet.All in all, NAPIRE has been an amazing new journey through Costa Rica. From the lowland Caribbean forests to the high reaches of the Talamanca mountain ranges, we have seen a … Continue reading Checking in From Las Cruces

The Appeal of the "Underdog"

Costa Rica's National Soccer TeamIt's so exciting to be in Costa Rica this summer, with the national soccer team carving out its little piece of history in the World Cup. A couple weeks ago, even Costa Ricans were doubtful that their team would make it past the first round. Group D, which included Uruguay, Italy, … Continue reading The Appeal of the "Underdog"

The Bridges We Build

La Selva, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa RicaNotebook:Today we sawPeccaries        Bullet antsIguanas            Stingless beesMotmots           Poison dart frogsHowler monkeysStrangler figsCycads and palmsPipers and MelastomesThe Kapok (also called Ceiba) tree with its pale towering trunkInch wormsMillipedes Crazy fruitsRoots that smell like pepperLeaves that climb treesCement paths over nascent swampsFish the … Continue reading The Bridges We Build