So why is American education so expensive? Partly because other social spending is low; education is expected to play a bigger role in social mobility, particularly for low-income students. And partly because education is mostly a state and local policy issue, so the way the money is spent isn’t always equally distributed or particularly logical. School districts in some states spend more to educate wealthy students than poorer ones.

Court cases have forced states to divide the money more equally. But often that just increases the overall pot of money rather than redistributing it — even though the spending increases appear to make a difference in students’ lives.

Hello, if you don’t know me, my name is Thomas and it would mean the world to me if you’d be able to spend a minute of your time to read this.

I’m a 16-years old trans boy. Me and my boyfriend Guillaume, a 14-year old trans boy, are here to ask people to give two broke transgender teenage boys in love a chance to reunite.

We are separated by distance but we’ve been together for six months now. We were able to meet once for less than three days in November of 2014 already but I had to pull together all of my savings and work as much as I could to make extra money so this trip would be possible. I had to also face my worst fears and conquer my terrible social anxiety but all of it wasn’t as big as my love for Guillaume and I’ve never been happier in my life than I am with him.

Sadly, I don’t make much money at all working part time as a caregiver for the elderly, and now I am completely broke. My boyfriend has no income at all, as you can already guess from a 14-year old boy, so it is not easy for us. 

My current personal circumstances are also very difficult for me to handle in several ways. I’m not going to go into unnecessary details but I live in a very unsupportive, trasphobic/homophobic and abusive household and my only escape from this chaos would be these couple of days where I would be able to meet Guillaume. Because of this it is very difficult to find the time and money for us to meet. The only option we have right now to meet is by going to local conventions. This requires me to buy a plane ticket, a convention ticket, and book a hotel room, as well to be able to drive from one place to another, pay for gas, buy my own food, tip the drivers and the hotel staff, etc. So this is where we are asking for your help.

Here’s a quick runthrough of the budget and its usage:

  • $90: would provide both of us with con tickets
  • $410: con tickets + a hotel room ($320 for 3 days)
  • $710-$770: con tickets + a hotel room + round-trip plane tickets for Thomas (so far prices range from about $300 to $360 from Chicago to Memphis and back)
  • $810-$870: all of the above + money to pay for gas to get from Thomas’ house to the airport and back ($50 there and $50 back)
  • $860-$920: all of the above + ~$50 to use as tips for the hotel staff and the shuttle/taxi drivers
  • $940-$1000: all of the above + a chance for us to be able to buy 1-2 meals from the hotel’s menu throughout the 3 days stay and/or be able to buy other small food/drinks to feed ourselves

The plane tickets’ prices increase as it gets closer to the departure time and almost all of the hotel rooms for the convention days are sold out. The online registration for the con that costs $45 per person ends on February 20th, otherwise we would have to stand in line for hours to buy them at the door for $50 per person. We are short on time and are desperate for your help.

Our ultimate goal is $1,000 as you can see, but we both realize that it is a large sum of money so we are starting out by asking for $500 so far because it would be a great start and huge help. No matter how much we’ll be able to raise, it would give us a chance to be closer to our goal and it would mean the world for us! This trip is very important to both me and Guillaume and we would appreciate every dollar and every person who would be willing to support us or at least would be able to help us spread the word!

We are in love, we want to meet again, we need your help.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this and for even considering to help! Bless you and have a great day.

You can support us and donate: HERE

Sincerely,

Thomas.

Help A Transboy Live Better

My friend Keiran has been having some hard times at home and really needs your help. 

He started a gofundme a couple days ago and he needs as much help as possible.

He’s offering commissions for anyone who donates $15 or more.

((When you donate, leave a comment with your url and how much you donated so he can verify its you))

His blog is here please send him an ask not me

Here’s some examples of what he’s offering:

$15 - Small commission with flat colors

$30 Medium Commission with flat color

More than $30 Full blown with shading, etc

If you want more examples of his work go here

If you want more than 1 character, send him an ask and he can talk about prices with you.

EDIT: There is now a $5 option, Lineart with minimal shading:

Please donate, commission or not, anything counts, even just $5!

Thanks for reading! PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!

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THE SUNSHINE FUND!

In short, Rob and I have a battery but would LOVE some solarpanels. We live off grid because we can’t afford to connect, so your support buying limited edition art dolls will really help us! Follow this link!

The rewards are generous, with FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING on all donations that qualify for rewards. I’ve also discounted everything! These are LIMITED EDITION colour schemes, so not only do you get something super collectible but also super adorable and it comes with a sense of goodness that you helped us in a time of need!

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We have managed to buy ourselves a deep cycle leisure battery capable of running our satellite internet, charge our laptops, phones and play a radio, but now we need some way to charge it up again.

We have a small generator and a battery charger but batteries do best from being ‘trickle charged’, that is being charged a tiny bit over a long period of time. Our aspect faces south and we have a clear view of the sky and with solar panel technology the way it is now we can get a charge even on overcast days (of which we have a lot here in Scotland!)

Items we would need are:
2x 100W solar panels
a regulator (and charge controller that will keep our battery nice and happy) 
cables & materials for supports 

We already have the battery and inverter so we’re sort of half way there to off-grid-ness!

Generators are also not very economical or ecological, I don’t know the facts and figures but when I go outside and the generator is on it’s loud and it’s smelly and that must be bad. Solar panels are harvesting clean, green, renewable energy that’s got a big thumbs up from us!

PLEASE REBLOG TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE

My name is Amy and I’m 16 years old. I have been suffering from TMJ (problems with the jaw where it pops out of place, clicks when chewing and is all around very, very painful) since the start of 2013. It was bearable for a while, but in the middle of 2014 it started dislocating and popping back into place, which is very painful. In the profile picture you’ll see an X-ray of my jaw , and there is a buildup of stuff (I don’t know if it was inflammation or what, all I know is that it put me in extreme pain) before my first steroid injection. The injection was put into the right side of my jaw. That was done in October 2014, but it didn’t last long. In December 2014 my left side started hurting (the right was fine at that time) so I got injections into both sides just to make sure. It is now the middle of January and my right side hurts again. The thing that is causing my jaw problems is my crowded mouth. I’ve had dental problems since I was very young and I can’t afford braces. I’m running out of options. I’m still in school and I live with my grandparents, who are pensioners. I’m on the public waiting list, which will cost me less than going through privately. However, it can take years for me to get to the top of the list. That will cost us $2000, while going through privately can cost up to $6000. It would be lovely if people could help out. Every dollar counts.

Our poor Bow came down with what appears to be “Evan’s Disease” where his immune system has gone haywire and is attacking itself.  He is in Puppy-ICU at the moment, and fighting for his life.  He has had and may require more blood transfusions, long term steroids, and immunosuppressive medication…

Alright guys, serious time here. One of our dogs, Bow, has fallen seriously ill and has been admitted to an animal hospital far away from the house. He’s been diagnosed with Evan’s disease where his immune system has been attacking itself, so he will require blood transfusions, long term steroids, and immunosuppressive drugs. The cost of saving our 4-legged family member is very pricey so this gofundme has been started to help maintain Bow’s health.

Bow is our 8 year old golden retriever. He is a big sweetheart and still an energetic puppy given his age. He is a big ball of fur who loves anyone and everyone he meets. The veterinarians who have been overseeing his health compliment his tail wagging and positivity each time we get a call. He has a 12 year old sister named Holly and a bearded dragon friend named Rikki, who both miss him dearly. 

Please reblog and share this, any and all donations are very much appreciated! Bow should have a lot more life ahead of him.

READ AND DONATE HERE

Đây là ông lão mới thoạt nhìn trông nghèo khó lại có vẻ keo kiệt. Nhưng việc ông làm lại khiến ông trở thành tấm gương cho Bill Gates và Warren Buffett. Cả hai người này đều chịu ảnh hưởng rất lớn từ ông. Ông năm nay 83 tuổi, hai vợ chồng ông ở trong căn hộ đi thuê ở thành phố San Francisco, Mỹ. Ông chưa từng mặc quần áo hàng hiệu, kính mắt rất cũ kỹ, đồng hồ đeo tay cũng không còn mốt. Ông không thích món ăn ngon, thích nhất là sữa hâm nóng và bánh sandwich cà chua. Ông không có ô tô riêng, ra ngoài thường đi bằng xe buýt, túi xách mà ông dùng để đi làm là túi vải. Nếu đến một quán uống bia, ông cẩn thận đối chiếu cái tính tiền; nếu bạn là khách ở nhà ông, trước khi ngủ ông ấy sẽ nhắc bạn nhớ tắt đèn để tiết kiệm điện.

Một ông già cẩn thận từng xu như thế, nhưng ông chính là người tặng cho đại học Cornell 950 triệu đô la, cho đại học California 125 triệu đô la, cho đại học Stanford 60 triệu đô la. Ông đã dành 1 tỷ đô la tài trợ cho chương trình cải tạo và xây mới các trường đại học ở Ireland, nơi tổ tiên ông đã từ đó ra đi để tới Mỹ tìm miền đất hứa. Ông thành lập quỹ từ thiện để phẫu thuật sứt môi cho trẻ em ở các nước đang phát triển. Ông cũng dành 350 triệu đô la Mỹ tài trợ cho các chương trình ở Việt Nam. Cho đến nay, ông đã cho 4 tỷ đô la, và từ nay đến năm 2016 ông đang chuẩn bị cho tiếp 4 tỷ nữa. Từ số tiền đang có, mỗi năm đã thu được lợi nhuận bằng khoảng hơn 400 triệu đô la làm dòng tiền chảy về các chương trình từ thiện trên thế giới. Ông là doanh nhân sáng lập ra tập đoàn kinh doanh hàng miễn thuế toàn cầu DFS. Keo kiệt với chính mình, hào phóng với mọi người, thích kiếm tiền lại không thích chi tiêu cho bản thân – ông là Chuck Feeney.

Ông đã nêu tấm gương cho những người giàu có: “Trong khi hưởng thụ phải chia sẻ giúp đỡ mọi người”. Ông kín tiếng về việc trong ba thập kỷ qua, ông đã đóng góp vào quỹ từ thiện đến 99% gia sản của mình. Ông không tiếp xúc với truyền thông để lăng xê mình hoặc sự nghiệp của ông. Ông hiếm khi trả lời phỏng vấn báo chí. Chỉ khi việc thiện của Chuck Feeney bị tiết lộ, rất nhiều phóng viên muốn tiếp xúc với ông, ai cũng muốn hỏi: Vì sao Chuck Feeney lại có thể dửng dưng với gia tài hàng tỷ đô la như thế?

Ông chỉ mỉm cười kể câu chuyện: “Một con sóc thấy bồ đào trong vườn, muốn vào trong ăn một chầu, nhưng giờ nó mập quá, không chui vào được. Thế là ba ngày ba đêm nó không ăn không uống để gầy đi, cuối cùng cũng chui vào được! Ăn no nê, cảm thấy thỏa mãn, nhưng khi nó muốn đi, lại không chui ra được. Bất đắc dĩ đành phải giở trò cũ, lại ba ngày ba đêm không ăn uống. Kết quả, lúc nó chui được ra, bụng vẫn thót lại như lúc chưa chui vào.”

Ông nói: “Ai cũng đều trần trụi khi chào đời và cũng trần trụi khi ra đi, không ai mang theo tài sản cả”. Ông hóm hỉnh: “Vì chẳng có cái túi nào trong lớp vải bọc tấm thân khi người ta về cõi.”

FB Nguyễn Viết Thanh giới thiệu.

Sign the petition to support the creation of Lakota run foster care: lakotalaw.org/action

Progress is being made! The Department of Justice, Department of Interior, and Department of Health and Human Services in their inter-agency efforts are actively trying to fund the remaining five tribes in South Dakota that did not receive the Title IV-E planning grant this year.

Title IV-E is part of the social security program that is currently administered by state and local public child welfare agencies. By obtaining direct Title IV-E funding, Native Tribes the right to manage their tribe’s adoption, foster care, and guardianship programs!

We need your help to continue this process! Sign the petition to support the creation of Lakota run foster care: lakotalaw.org/action

Hey guys!! So I knew Tumblr would be the best place to have this spread since you guys are so good at exactly that. This August, I, along with a few other lucky theatre students at my school, have been selecting to perform and compete in the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland! It is a huge honor and a chance of a lifetime that I do not want to pass up. So I need your help! Literally anything helps! Donations big or small, literally anything helps. And if you can’t donate, reblog and share! :) 

Most science funders these days favor caution, seeking evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) advances that are quickly deliverable, tangible, and potentially marketable. The newest cancer drugs prolong life for a few months and make huge profits, but no tranformative treatments have been developed in a generation.

"So, decided to not be selective in my options for treatment and deciding to ask my friends and family for help.

In December, i was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a very aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer with a very low survival rate. Estimated time until mortality, 6 months. Ever since the diagnosis, i have been terrified with the notion of accepting this as something that has really happened, and didnt really want to involve anyone in this, because this is a lot for me to handle. In just 24 hours, there have been so many beautiful people that have given me their support without fail and i am truly grateful for the support network that i never knew that i had during these scary times.

Glioblastoma multiforme is a cancer that is very susceptible to a combination of THC/ CBD cannabis oil, and there have been many of those who have struggled with this same brain cancer who have eradicated it completely with the use of cannabis oil, on a 90 day regimen of about 60 grams of cannabis oil.

A family member of mine has started a fundraiser for me on giveforward.

The purpose of the fundraiser is to help me raise the funds needed to start my cannabis oil treatment as soon as possible so i can fight this. I have never been so vulnerable, especially on a social website in regards to something like this, so i dont need your pity, insults, or anything not conducive to me getting through this. I truly need your support, and absolutely anything helps.

This is the link for the fundrasier page that was created for me. Thank you for all of your support.” 

A friend of mine on Facebook has been diagnosed with a fatal brain cancer, and is asking for funds to help him get the treatment he needs. I, him, and everyone he knows would be incredibly grateful if you could donate any amount you can manage, and/or signal boost this post so others who can donate will see this.

Thank you so much.

Link to the donation page

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The kickstarter for Red Hood: Red Is The New Black is officially launched!!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/911426602/red-hood-red-is-the-new-black

DONATE BEFORE MAY 1ST IF YOU WANT THIS FILM MADE.

PLEASE LIKE THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND RE-BLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD. ITS UP TO YOU GUYS TO MAKE THIS FILM POSSIBLE. 

https://www.facebook.com/redhoodredisthenewblack .  

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Help Hera Get to the Netherlands!

Hello everyone! My name is Hera and I’m a 17 year old photographer, painter, and poet!

I’ve been offered an internship with the art collective, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN. A collective of “artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities.” These artists will be installing an exhibit in “Witte De With”, a museum of contemporary art in Rotterdam, Netherlands. I’ve been offered the opportunity to help in this installation! My only obstacle, is getting there!
Find out more and donate here!  Boost this if you can!

Thank you!

Here’s Why No One’s Funding the Department of Homeland Security

Basically, it’s another war between Republicans and Obama, mostly because some are not a fan of how lenient he’s being towards undocumented immigrants. Not too long ago, President Obama issued an executive order to bring his immigration plan to fruition — all of which is implemented by the DHS. Depending on which side you ask, this was either marginally legal at best (constitutionally speaking), or a long overdo policy shift to give the country time to proactively reform its current immigration policies. And because the DHS is the department that funds immigration-related activities, this is the Republican’s biggest bargaining chip.

Since Congress cannot directly stop Obama’s executive order, their only other option to stop it is to deny funding of the DHS. Because if the DHS doesn’t have money, the executive order can’t be implemented.

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 55 post-doctoral women scientists over $2 million in grants since 2003.

The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

Applications will open on February 2, 2015 and are due on March 20, 2015.

FAQ

Q. In order to be eligible for the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship, must I be a postdoctoral associate?

A. Yes. Applicants to the L’Oréal USA fellowship program must be current postdoctoral associates or begin their postdoctoral position by July 1, 2015.

Q. I am scheduled to complete my Ph.D. within three months of beginning my post-doctoral program. Am I eligible for the fellowship?

A. In order to be eligible for the fellowship, a candidate must have a PhD degree that was conferred on or before July 1, 2015.

Q. Candidates with which types of degrees are eligible?

A. Candidates holding a Ph.D., D.P.H., or Sc.D. are eligible to apply. Candidates holding any other degree, including M.D. and D.V.M., are not eligible.

Q. I am a resident of Puerto Rico. Am I eligible to apply?

A. Yes, the fellowship is open to post-docs from the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Q. I am not a United States citizen, but I have a visa (J1, H1-B, F1, etc.). Am I eligible to apply?

A. Applicants must be American citizens (born or naturalized) or permanent residents (green card holders). Unfortunately, visa holders are not eligible to apply.

Q. If I have applied for a green card but have not yet received it. Am I eligible to apply for the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship?

A. Applicants must be American citizens (born or naturalized) or have obtained their green card by the time of application submission (no later than March 20).

Q. My research will take place primarily outside of the U.S. Would I still be eligible?

A. Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S.-based academic or research institution and their research and studies must be conducted in the U.S.

Q. Are all scientific disciplines eligible?

A. Applicants must be involved in the life, physical/material sciences, engineering, technology, computer science and/or mathematics. Additional eligible areas of study include: immunology, all areas of chemistry, earth science and medical research. Psychology, science education and social science are not eligible for this Fellowship.

Q. Are applicants who hold faculty positions eligible?

A. No, applicants who hold any faculty positions are not eligible. Only candidates in full-time postdoctoral positions are eligible to apply.

Q. I currently do not have any mentoring experience in relation to supporting women and girls in science but I am willing to serve as a mentor in the future. Can I still apply?

A. Yes, we will consider candidates who can successfully demonstrate their interest in and commitment to mentoring and supporting women and girls in science in their application essay.

Q. I read in the eligibility criteria that winners must commit to at least twenty hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events).

When does this need to occur by?

A. Winning fellows will have one year from the awards ceremony to complete their twenty hours of service.

Q. Where can I find the application?

A. The application can be found online at www.loreal.com/forwomeninscience.

Required Documentation

Q. How many letters of recommendation are required with the L’Oréal USA For Women In Science completed application?

A. A completed application requires three letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a mentor or former advisor. One letter must be from your post-doctoral advisor.

Q. How should the letters of recommendation be submitted?

A. Letters of recommendation can either be submitted electronically through the online application submission site or can be mailed directly from all references to: L’Oréal USA For Women In Science - C/O AAAS, Attn: Yolanda George/Education and Human Resources, 6th Floor, 1200 New York Avenue, NW – Washington, D.C. 20005.

Q. Are both undergraduate and graduate school transcripts required?

A. Yes, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required (one sealed copy from each institution). Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the institutions and postmarked no later than March 20, 2015 to: L’Oréal USA For Women In Science - C/O AAAS, Attn: Yolanda George/Education and Human Resources, 6th Floor, 1200 New York Avenue, NW – Washington, D.C. 20005.

E-mailed transcripts will not be accepted.

Q. I completed my undergraduate or graduate education outside of the United States, but I am a US citizen or permanent resident. Can I submit a transcript from a different country?

A. Yes. However, all transcripts must be translated into English. Your international institution should send a translated and sealed official copy directly to AAAS at the above address. If your institution cannot provide a translated version, you may use an official translating service to translate the transcript. This transcript must then be notarized and sent directly to AAAS from the Notary.

Q. How will I know when my transcripts are received?

A. Candidates will receive an email from AAAS once their documents have been uploaded into the system.

Q. What are the guidelines regarding the length of the Proposed Research Plan and the Candidate’s Statement?

A. The Proposed Research Plan should not exceed three pages in length. These three pages should include both the Research Plan as well as any and all references. The Candidate’s

Statement and Community Service Statement should each not exceed one page in length.

Q. What should be included in the candidate statement?

A. The candidate’s statement should explain how the L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship will help you conduct or continue your research studies, including professional development activities, and why the fellowship is important to the funding of your research.

Q. What kind of information should be included in the budget and the budget justification?

A. The budget should include details of how the applicant intends to allocate the L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship. A budget template is provided on the application. Additional funding sources which support the applicant’s research should be identified in the budget summary.

Q. Are there any requirements in terms of typeface style, size and margins?

A. Yes. Any attachments associated with this application (Research Proposal, Candidate’s Statement, Mentoring Essay, and Budget Justification) must be clear, legible and follow these requirements:

§ Use one of the following typefaces: Arial, Courier New or Palatino Linotype at a font size of 10 points or larger; Times New Roman at a font size of 11 points or larger

§ A font size of less than 10 points can be used for mathematical formulas or equations, figure,

table or diagram captions and when using a Symbol font for Greek letters or special characters

§ Margins must be at least one inch

Q. What should be included in the mentoring essay?

A. The essay should include information about your mentoring activities or other community service efforts related to supporting the success of girls or women in science. If you have not conducted community service or mentoring activities, include what activities you would plan for 2015 if you were an awardee.

Award Payment and Use

Q. How does the Jury determine the amount awarded for each fellowship recipient?

A. The amount awarded to each fellowship recipient is determined by the quality of the research proposed and the number of years the candidate has pursued postdoctoral research. Each fellowship recipient can be awarded up to $60,000.

Q. Are there specific guidelines related to the use of the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship funds?

A. The award is intended to support the applicant’s research project and provide career advancement. Fellowship funds should be used to support tuition fees, attendance at meetings and conferences, laboratory supplies, publications costs, computer and technical support,

equipment and instruments. Indirect or fringe costs are not permitted including health insurance, rent, utilities, university overhead, etc.

Q. Can the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship be used to cover salary?

A. It is assumed that a candidate’s salary is already being covered by their postdoctoral position. If the applicant is requesting a portion of the fellowship funds to cover their salary, justification must be provided as to why it is not already being covered. Salaries for technicians and students may be included in the budget proposal; however, the justification must indicate how these individuals will directly support the applicant’s research.

Q. What is the payment structure/timing of the fellowship grant?

A. The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science grant will be paid in two installments. The first grant distribution, typically half of the total value of the Fellowship, will be paid at the Fellowship award ceremony. The remaining balance will be mailed following submission and review of the required interim status report which is due six months after the initial grant distribution. Alternative schedules for fund distributions must be requested and explained in writing and must be approved by L’Oréal USA and AAAS. Fellowship funds will be available for use beginning on the day of the Awards Ceremony in mid-October, 2015.

Q. Are there any restrictions regarding the use of the fellowship funds?

A. No more than one-half of the total fellowship award may be expensed before the submission of the interim fellowship report.

Q. Who receives the fellowship funds?

A. The fellowship is awarded to the institution, similar to other grants. Please check with the grants office at your institution before submitting this application.

Q: What happens if the fellowship recipient changes institutions during the course of the fellowship year?

A. If the fellowship recipient changes institutions during the course of the fellowship year, L’Oréal USA and AAAS must be notified. If the new position meets the requirements, any remaining funds must be returned to the AAAS for redistribution to the successor institution.

Q. What happens to equipment purchases if I change institutions during the course of the fellowship year?

A. Any equipment purchased with the fellowship funds are the property of the fellowship recipient and with approval from L’Oréal USA and AAAS can be moved to an institution where the fellowship recipient is conducting the proposed research. If the fellowship recipient is no longer conducting the proposed research, AAAS will make a determination about the future use of the equipment.

Q. What if the nature of my funding proposal changes after the submission of my application?

A. Any changes in the use of fellowship funds will require the approval of L’Oréal USA and AAAS.

Q. Can the fellowship period be extended beyond one year?

A. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship award is effective for one year. Any extensions must be requested in writing and must be approved by L’Oréal USA and AAAS.

Hi everyone,

I’m Ashley. I posted my Gofundme in the fall semester when I was in a crunch and needed help to get through the fall semester of my senior year of college, but I am reaching out once again. After fall, I believed that I would be all set in terms of graduating this May. I am currently enrolled in my final four classes and I’m balancing my coursework with a job and active involvement as president and Editor-in-Chief of my college’s newspaper. However, I recently received an e-bill for $1,940 which was something that I was not expecting. I’ve spoken with financial aid and I am once again in a crunch. If I don’t get this paid, then I will not be able to graduate. I’ve come this far that not graduating is not an option to me right now.

My mother is under the threat of being evicted so she is unable to help me and I am putting off getting four impacted wisdom teeth extracted in order to put all of the spare money I can towards this final bill. I am not asking the full amount, I am hoping for help in raising $1,600 or as close to it as I can. Between my own bills and medical expenses, I can only afford to pay around $500 of it myself which is what I am working on.

So, I feel like trash for opening this again, but I have no other choice and no external sources of support, so this is my only option. If you can share this, I would be incredibly thankful.

[GOFUNDME LINK]

Better understanding of the placenta promises to improve the health of mothers and children

NIH announces $41.5 million in funding for the Human Placenta Project

The  National Institutes of Health has dedicated $41.5 million for an initiative to understand and monitor the development of the human placenta during pregnancy.  The funding will support the development of new technologies to assess the health of the placenta as it grows and matures, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of mothers and children.

“The  placenta is a lifeline that gives us our start in the world,” said Alan E.  Guttmacher, M.D., director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National  Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is leading the research  effort. “It influences the health of mother and child not just during  pregnancy, but for the rest of their lives. However, despite its important  role, the placenta has received comparatively little attention.”

The placenta is a temporary organ that ferries oxygen and nutrients from the mother to her fetus while at the same time removing potentially toxic substances like carbon dioxide. It also produces hormones to help maintain pregnancy and  perform the unique immunologic function of allowing the mother and fetus to coexist.

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huangzitaoist asked:

(1/2) Hi! I just read your post on the unattainability of PoC solidarity. As an Asian-American, I've always somewhat suspected that this was the case, because I can't recall a single act of blatant antiblack violence that took place in my memory without the Asian-American community practically screaming that "we are ALL PoC" and insisting that solidarity among PoC was most important, etc - exploiting the black community for their own gain, as you put it in your post.

(2/2) I figure it’s important to not minimize the discrimination and violence the black community suffers by “seeking solidarity” which, of course, all too often results in nonblack PoC essentially erasing problems unique to the black community by trying to emphasize their own communities instead. So as a nonblack PoC, am I still able to protest and such about issues the black community confronts, or would it be more respectful to stay silent? Anyway keep doing what you’re doing, love your blog!

I think the most important contributions that non-black POC can make to show real solidarity would be donating to grassroots black organizations (like the Trans Women of Color Collective, TWOCC, which is run by black trans women) or to the many black writers on this site, for example, who are putting out volumes of essays for free even as people perpetually swoop in to exploit our words and labor (this is especially the case for black women writers). Put your money where your mouth is. That is real solidarity to me more than showing up at a rally and “dying in” for the camera. 

Beyond that, though, another goal should be organizing to confront antiblackness in your own communities. So those would be the two things that I would recommend— all of which include empowering and amplifying rather than co-opting the voices of black people. Funding our movement. And organizing to confront antiblackness in your own communities