May, 2016 Archive

The Glass Room: Where the Secret Side of Mental Illness Lives

According to Hollywood, mental illness may involve temper tantrums and crime fighting. This is what it looks like for me. Dr. Katz is the smartest person I’ve ever met. I hate him. He’s purposely using words I don’t understand. A test. He’s trying to see how smart I am, how much I already know about myself. I definitely know I don’t want to be here. I know I’m hungry. And I think my parking meter’s getting ready to expire. How’s that for self-awareness? Diplomat in Psychiatry. Award for Adolescent Psychiatry & Pediatric Psychiatry - Board Certified. Magna Cum Laude: Northwestern University. Healthgrades Honor Roll.  Dr. Katz is a Healthgrades Recognized Doctor. In his office are countless books on mental illness, functions of the brain. A fancy computer, expensive furniture, high-tech water cooler and Nespresso. One of those annoying Asian things with the sand and a rake. There’s an exquisite orchid on his        …read more

These Architects Build Volunteer Opportunities and Hope

Architects Without Borders provides volunteer opportunities to build communities, schools, jobs and hope. Each day as the sun breaks over the horizon in Bata Atha, a small coastal village in the South of Sri Lanka, men row their boats toward the dry sandy beaches and wade through the clear azure waters carrying woven baskets full of fish, crab and prawns. The loss of one man’s life could mean financial disaster for a family. The day after Christmas in 2004 the deadliest tsunami in recorded history rocked Southeast Asia. The fallout from the tectonic destruction was powerful enough to make a change in the earth’s rotation, causing the day to be shortened by almost three seconds. Hundreds of thousands of lives were taken, one-third being children, and entire cities were lost under the seismic waves. The Indian Ocean tsunami threatened and uprooted centuries of culture by the sheer number of people        …read more

5 Art Projects by Teen Activists around the World

Nadja Garacic Wave Art Projects

These art projects draw attention to important issues around the globe. Imagine this: You’re a modern-day teenager who can hoverboard to school, Snapchat your entire day, see where your friends are at any given moment, become a YouTube sensation with no more equipment than the phone in your pocket, and you’ve never been to a public library because — hello! — the internet. The sheer volume of time-consuming possibilities teens have makes my head hurt. They are the first generation to grow up without knowledge of a pre-internet existence, but they have not forgotten what past generations know very well — art, in any form, can provoke change. Teens today are paying attention to the world around them and expressing how they feel about some of the most important environmental, societal and political problems through artistic means. It’s a relief to know that just as TV did not rot previous        …read more

Finding Your Passion in Your Busy Everyday Life

Find your passion in ballet

Is finding your passion possible while managing the daily grind? Have you ever felt torn between finding your passion and doing your job? Balancing self-expression, budget and evolving identity is quite a task but worth delving into. There’s a Javanese proverb that says, “When asked what makes a good dancer, the master replied: First, to be a good dancer, one must know the music as well as the dance. And what else? To be a better dancer, one must understand the stories and be able to interpret the characters being portrayed. Is there more? The best dancer is the one who has all those things I have told you about and is a farmer.” What does “being a farmer” mean? It’s doing what needs to be done for your survival and the survival of your dependents. And what does “being a dancer” mean? It’s finding your passion and doing what        …read more

Solving the Problem of the Museum Today

Musée de l'Homme

How innovators are bringing the museum into the 21st century. The museum is often regarded as the prerogative of the elite and the graveyard of invention. In order to bring our past into our present, we need to change the way we use museums. Natural History Museum, London Despite their dusty shelves, the museum was once considered something much more vibrant, the cutting edge of contemporary culture. The early museum was thought of as a temple to the muses, where enthusiasts presented offerings to the patrons of the arts. Repositories of all things cultural, the early museum preserved information for the use of well-read scholars. While the collections contained some of the most interesting curiosities of their time, the museum was intended to serve the intellect of the privileged, rather than distract the general public on a rainy afternoon. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the museum we know        …read more

South African Artists You Need to Know

Break Dancing South African

Spotlight on South African artists in the documentary ‘The Creators: South Africa Through the Eyes of Its Artists.’ “Please, people of the world,” cried Wara Zintwana, “bring instruments to Africa. We don’t want arms and cheap clothes. We want instruments. Music instruments.” He holds up his guitar with pride. “This is my gun.” His bandmate, a gifted guitarist named Ongx Mona, explains how he angered his churchgoing father by choosing a guitar over the Bible. He jokes with the white filmmaker of The Creators: South Africa Through the Eyes of Its Artists, “Do you know what your people did to I? They came with their Bible and said, ‘Kneel down, close your eyes and pray!’ We closed our eyes, we prayed, and when we opened our eyes, all of our land was stolen!” After winning a recording deal with a local label, Ongx hoped he could escape a life in        …read more

7 Badass Scientists under 35

Scientists Under 35

Science, technology, engineering and math degrees don’t guarantee a professional life spent in a lab. Granted, teaching and research positions are still available if your goal is to learn more about the sciences than a layman would think possible. But degrees in science, technology, engineering and math can lead to jobs around the world and beyond, from finding ways to keep people alive in space to making cars smarter, curing cancer and studying wildlife. Here’s a brief look at seven young science and math aficionados on a mission to make the world a better place. Some are still searching for their dream jobs, while others are doing exactly what they want to do with their skills and passion. Examining a plant biomass leaching reactor. Courtesy of Griffin Lunn Name: Griffin Lunn Age: 29 Originally From: New Hampshire Academic Background: Bachelor’s in chemical engineering with a biology minor, Florida Institute of Technology; master’s in        …read more