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What is Intersectionality?

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Intersectional is a word that’s been thrown around the internet a lot lately. It’s one of those buzzwords that is maybe a little confusing and fancy, but can be really useful in (and necessary to) activist work. Let’s discuss! Intersectionality is acknowledging that oppressive institutions, like racism, xenophobia, homophobia or …

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Zika: A Breakdown

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Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame

This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, who in this instance, was actually the biomedical photographer, James Gathany, here at the Centers for Disease Control.  You?ll note the feeding apparatus consisting of a sharp, ?fascicle?, which while not feeding, is covered in a soft, pliant sheath called the "labellum?, which is seen here retracted, as the sharp ?stylets? contained within pierced the host's skin surface, as the insect obtained its blood meal. The fascicle is composed of a pair of needle-sharp stylets. The larger of the two stylets, known as the "labrum", when viewed in cross-section takes on the shape of an inverted "V", and acts as a gutter, which directs the ingested host blood towards the insect's mouth. This female?s abdomen had become distended due to the blood meal she was ingesting, imparting the red coloration to her translucent abdominal exoskeleton.

DF and DHF are primarily diseases of tropical and sub-tropical areas, and the four different dengue serotypes (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4), are maintained in a cycle that involves humans and the Aedes mosquito. However, Aedes aegypti, a domestic, day-biting mosquito that prefers to feed on humans, is the most common Aedes species. Infections produce a spectrum of clinical illness ranging from a nonspecific viral syndrome to severe and fatal hemorrhagic disease. Important risk factors for DHF include the strain of the infecting virus, as well as the age, and especially the prior dengue infection history of the patient.

You may have been hearing a lot about the Zika outbreak. The issue is ongoing and there is a ton of information out there to sift through. Here is a quick rundown of everything you need to know.   What is it? Zika disease is caused by the Zika virus, …

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AMP Summer Reading List 2k16: Non-fiction Diversity

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As I sat down at my desk to ponder my response to the powerful question, “Why is diversity important in the 21st century?” I couldn’t help my eyes from drifting toward the direction of my bookshelf. I had just finished a memoir written by Carrie Brownstein- lead guitarist of the …

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5 Reasons Why Diversity is Important in the 21st Century

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Diversity comes in many forms: gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture, socioeconomic background, etc. All of these contribute to an individual’s unique experience of the world. Sometimes we need to take a step back and examine the presence of diversity in our own life. How diverse is your school? Neighborhood? …

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