my plea: the case for sex disaggregated data.

The social construction, reproduction, reinforcement, and enforcement of gender norms, roles, relationships, and inequalities have profound effects on the health and well-being of women and girls. Bottom line, gender inequality increases vulnerability and risk for disease and disability while decreasing access to health education, counselling, products, and services. Gender inequality is one of the chief social determinants of preventable mortality and morbidity and of unnecessary human suffering; unaddressed, it makes the attainment of universal human rights an impossible goal. Given the critical role that gender plays, mainstreaming gender into school education programs and policies will help maximize results. Gathering sex-disaggregated data and measuring change with gender-sensitive indicators are first steps. promote gender-equitable health outcomes and support gender-balance within the institution itself.


In the desert,
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter–bitter,” he answered;”
But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart.

image: Valentine, was created by visual artist Evi Numen

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

world’s deadliest pandemics

a wonderful infographic


SFGH 6C Survey

Thanks so much for taking the time to complete the survey!

scientists as rockstars.

Just came across this group — PopTeach.

PopTeach is a scrumptious combination of science / leadership / politics / vogue-esque celebrity status and brilliance — meet the 2011 fellows. Worth a perusal.

“Visible scientific leaders shouldn’t be a rarity,” says Andrew Zolli, executive director of PopTech. His group’s Science and Public Leadership Fellowship takes a creative approach to helping science and technology.

Foster social change: Help scientists not be boring. Or more accurately, help them become public leaders.

the science of door-holding etiquette.

original post: NCBI ROFL: The science of door-holding etiquette..

Etiquette and effort: holding doors for others.

“Etiquette, the customary code of polite behavior among members of a group, provides a means of conveying respect for others, but what is the basis for etiquette’s unwritten rules? Here we show that one form of etiquette, holding a door open for another person, reflects the door holder’s expectation that the person for whom he or she holds the door shares the belief that the total effort expended by the two of them will be less than the summed efforts of the two individuals acting on their own. Our observations extend recent work on effort reduction in motor control to the management of social interactions.”

What Happens (June Jordan)

What happens when a dog sits on a tiger
when the fat man sells a picture of himself
when a lady shoves a sword inside her
when an elephant takes tea cups from the shelf

or the giant starts to cry
and the grizzly loses his grip
or the acrobat begins to fly
and gorillas run away with the whip

What happens when a boy sits on a chair
and watches all the action on the ground and in the air
or when the children leave the greatest show on earth
and see the circus?

national book awards finalists announced

. . . and so many scrumptious titles/authors.

Nikky Finney — Head Off & Split — Triquarterly/Northwestern Universty
Yusef Komunyakaa — The Chameleon Couch — FSG (swoon!)
Carl Phillips — Double Shadow — FSG
Adrienne Rich — Tonight No Poetry Will Serve — W.W. Norton & Company
Bruce Smith — Devotions — University of Chicago Press

Non Fiction
Deborah Baker — The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism — Graywolf Press
Mary Gabriel — Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution — Little, Brown
Stephen Greenblatt — The Swerve: How the World Became Modern — W.W. Norton
Manning Marable — Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention — Viking
Lauren Redniss — Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout – HarperCollins

Andrew Krivak — The Sojourn — Bellevue Literary Press
Téa Obreht — The Tiger’s Wife — Random House
Julie Otsuka — The Buddha in the Attic — Knopf
Edith Pearlman — Binocular Vision —Lookout (beautiful)
Jesmyn Ward —Salvage the Bones — Bloomsbury USA

the finalists were announced October 12th at Literary Arts in Portland. via Oregon Public Broadcasting

get your flu shot? get on it.

learn why you need a flu shot . . . immunity is wonderful.

check out this great video from NPR:

from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Who Should Get Vaccinated
On February 24, 2010 vaccine experts voted that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year starting with the 2010-2011 influenza season. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

– Pregnant women
– Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
– People 50 years of age and older
– People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
– People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
– People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
– Health care workers
– Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
– Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)