Science and Perspective.


January 2017

Ethics looking inward

As I hear about the studies my colleagues are doing, I consider the ethics of the work. Much of it surrounds trapping, surgery, labeling, sex, mating and eventually death, and dismemberment, though death and dismemberment are not always in that order.

While we continue to conduct science for the greater good of the planet (ostensibly) and human beings specifically, one thing is apparent. If any other species decided to do exactly the same things to us, we would go to war. No doubt about it. We would lose, but we would fight.
Today, give thanks to the animals that are losing their lives for your food, your cures, your clothing, your make up and your recreation. Consider where your limits are. Who can and cannot die for you to live or be comfortable?

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio


Welcome Back Miami

As you trickle back into your classrooms, dorm rooms and offices, you can feel the somber mood. There is tension as people wait for what comes next. The world has changed over the past year in ways few would have imagined.

I am writing this to tell you, it has not. This moment, today, tomorrow, next week, next semester, next year, the world will be the same as it always was, as it always will be. This world is the sum of our actions. Each one of us that takes in breathe must then use that breath to change the world for better or worse.

In this moment, your kind word or smile may be a lifeline. The words you choose may change a mind, change a heart, change a life.

I ask you to consider your impact this semester, especially those in leadership roles. You have not acknowledged the missing faces. So this semester, ask why that student or that group of students  attend your events. Ask why they do not feel welcome, why they do not feel they can attend. Find and remove their perceived barriers. 

To start: Do you state explicitly that family members are welcome when the event is outside normal hours? Do your events usually include alcoholic drinks, is that an issue for some? Are they held somewhere out of Oxford? Where some community members would have to ask for a ride and drive with people they have never spoken to before? Where they would not have the option of leaving on their own accord, should they become uncomfortable?

Let us start this semester and the rest of our future together being mindful. Perhaps something small. Maybe instead of just coffee, one container of hot chocolate or tea at all your events for the non coffee drinkers. Maybe a single hour set aside for your community to meet your department chair and one another. Maybe we can wor our way up to a University hour where no classes or meetings are scheduled, so we can be a community once a week.

Who knows, what we will find, who we will become?

Love and Honor

Love and Honor

Look around you.

Our brothers and sisters are hurting.
Visions of Love and Honor lost in plain sight.
Each and every one with a beautiful story to be told.

How do you see them?

Outsider? Unamerican? Unworthy?

Now is the time to find Love beyond tolerance, Honor beyond lawfulness.
Our choices create our communities, our future.
Reality is what we make it here and now.

Love and Honor. – 4:00 AM January 14th, 2017

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