Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Haley Reading Group: reflections


[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2018)]

This semester, we read and commented on:
• Ross Andersen’s “Pleistocene Park”
• Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump”
• Susannah Felt’s “Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information”
• Caitlin Kuehn’s “Of Mothers and Monkeys”
• Ceridwen Dovey’s “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos”
Which article was most important or useful to you? Why or how so?

90 comments:

Anonymous said...

The article that meant the most to me was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump". The reason I liked this article was that it reminded me of the importance of diversity and including people with differing opinions and experiences. It is easy for us to think that we are the most knowledgeable about things and know the way things should be done, but it is important to remember that the best ideas come from diverse perspectives.

Marina T.

Evan Senat said...

Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” had the most impact in my opinion. While the discussion of public breastfeeding has been controversial for some time, no one seems to want to address the difficulty mothers face when it comes to finding the right materials and time to pump their breasts. Outsiders do not realize the limitations these mothers face, whether it is financial, due to the high cost of breast pumps, or occupational, like working in an office that offers no space for a woman to comfortably pump/breastfeed. I think this article did a great job of shining light on the issue. -Evan S.

Jordan R. said...

The most important article I read was Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump”. I appreciated how Brickman emphasized the stigma that women are fighting against. Actions to help eliminate that stigma is what I found most helpful.

Jaydyn Zykan said...

Ceridwen Dovey's "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos" was to the most profound article in my opinion. As Dovey was explaining the numerous amount of space pollution, I found myself concerned about the future effects this could have on our planet since many already believe that the planet is plagued by the oncoming on climate change. This story also opened my eyes to the new field that can interpret previous ways of life and events through the collection of "space junk."

Lyric Barnes said...

Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” was the most important article to me. I think this because of the personal relation the article has to me. I breastfed so i personally experienced what the women in the article did and they chose to make a change to their situation while i did not. I just dealt with it. They took control of their situation and it is admirable.

Lyric Barnes

Isaiah J said...

“Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information” was the most useful to me. I partially disagreed with the point of that article, which is not something I can say about the majority of the articles we read. This is important to me because the article was thought-provoking enough for me to disagree and to form my own opinions and thoughts.

-Isaiah J.

mackenzie cohoon said...

the article that was most important to me was Sophie Brickman's article. The article really stood out tome because it's an everyday occurrence, and to me as a woman, i'm probably going to go through the same struggles that these women had to endure. women get sexualized everyday, and breastfeeding is just one of the many ways that this sexualization is carried out. breastfeeding is an absolute necessity for life, so the fact that women can't go to work and be able to do something as simple as breastfeed so that their child is able to eat is really sad and it really points out w hat is wrong in our society today.
-Mackenzie Cohoon

Justin J said...

Susannah Felts Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information was most useful and interesting for me because it incorporated the complexities of of universe, the information age we live in, and the shortness of life. Today, millions of people have access to a wealth of knowledge at all times that was not possible before. We can learn about difficult subjects like our universe and space and have it explained to us easily. Lastly, I mentioned the shortness of our lifetime in my post about this article. We must live our lives and enjoy it as much as possible because life is not guaranteed and may end at any second.

Alexis S. said...

The article, "Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information" by Susannah Felt, was the most important article to me. This article was important to me because it helped me realize that I need to take moments away from my phone and actually live in the moment and experience life. The world is filled with nature and beauty and we need to take it in and experience it, instead of just snapping a quick picture or video and moving on to the next thing.

- Alexis S.

Samantha A. said...

The article that was most important to me is Ceridwen Dovey's "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos." This article illustrated the several voyages into space and various types trash in Earth's orbit. The various types of trash highlighted humans negative impact on the planet, which encouraged me to be more eco-friendly.

Samantha A.

Hannah Coleman said...

The article by Ceridwen Dovey titled "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos." is the most important to me. I love learning all things about space and all things about the planet's atmosphere but it was especially rewarding to learn about the trash and pollution that is human caused and is released into outer space. It is important to educate people about this issue because it can effect our ozone layer, and these garbage items in our solar system orbit around the planet and can become very dangerous. It is important to educate people on preventative tactics to stop the issue before it becomes too bad to deal with.

Kayla Person said...

Susannah Felt’s “Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information” was the most useful to me. It reminded me to stop worrying about unnecessary things and to stop focusing on materialistic things. I need to enjoy what’s right in front of me, live in the moment, and enjoy life the best way I can.
-Kayla P

Brandy Collier said...

The article that was most important to me was Susannah Felt's "Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information". This article was important to me because it was very realistic and made me think about how much time is spent using technology when it could be spent enjoying nature and living in moments.

-Brandy Collier

Unknown said...

The article that meant the most to me was Ross Andersen's Pleistocene Park. I enjoyed this article the most because it is relevant to the discussions currently going on about climate change and what we are going to do in the upcoming years. I also thought it was really interesting reading about the Pleistocene Park project and Nikita's goal of slowing the thawing of the Arctic permafrost.

-Madalynn M.

Unknown said...

“The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” was the article that resonated with me the most. The fact that women discrimination in the workforce and in the market still astonishes me. These women had to reinvent the breast pump so women don't have to feel ashamed for pumping milk in public, especially at work. Gender inequality is very present in today's time, and I applaud the women behind this breast pump for trying to help their community of women who face discrimination - Layden Dukes

Anonymous said...

I have liked all the articles but Ceridwen Dovey’s “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos” was the most revealing to me. It is important to be educated every day on how we can protect the planet and the galaxy. Now I have an insight on how things work because of our reckless behavior. - G Moluba

William Akpan said...

The article that was most useful to me was Susannah Felt's "Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information". This article was useful to me because it talked about a real world issue that I could honestly relate to. Personally, since coming to college, I've become more conscious about time spent looking at screens and this article just reinforced that belief for me. The article caused me to think more about time spent using technology while also missing out on all the beauty of nature.

-William A.

LaTrina Brown said...

The article that was most useful to me was Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump”. I really admired the women in this article because they did not let their situation take control of them. These women are very influential and dealt with challenges that new mothers can relate to. It made me realize that almost anything is possible.

Quanicia Rudd said...

The article that impacted me the most was Sophie Brickman's "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump". This article spoke on the lack of convenience there is in public places for a mother to breast pump. This was a topic I had never really thought about or spoke on before reading the article. The matter should be discussed more and more actions should be taken towards all of the negative aspects of breast pumping that we can control.
Quanicia R.

Kyla Tinsley said...

Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” was the article that impacted me the most. This article really emphasized how inconvenient it is for women to breastfeed in public, and how such discomfort shouldn't even be a thing since it's a natural process. Society needs to eliminate the idea of sexualizing breastfeeding so women and babies can finally be at peace in public.

- Kyla T.

Miles W. said...

I really enjoyed reading Ross Anderson's "Pleistocene Park". It was cool to read about something I had no idea existed, then leave the reading feeling like I learned about something really important that is in some way effecting my life. I feel enlightened.

Miles W.

Kaelyn Cupil said...

The "Pleistocene Park" really touched me because it really brought to focus the importance of our earth and how we must take care of it or we'll be stuck trying to recreate the perfectness that once was earth. It captivated my attention the whole time and it was an absolutely beautiful read.

Anonymous said...

Susannah Felt’s “Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information” is a passage that I have connected with the most. I tend to take moments for granted i never realize what i have or could have. Sadly i live in the fast lane, always moving quickly never taking my time and I need to stop.
-Anthony H

Donovan Washington said...

The article I found most meaningful was the article titled, "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” by Sophie Brickman. This article stood out the most to me because it was interesting to learn about the struggles woman and mothers go through in a workplace where they are the minority gender.

- Donovan W.

Christopher Yancey said...

To be honest I am having a hard time choosing between "Astonish Me:.., and Dr, Space Junk.." since i see them addressing similar problems being how we as a society in the age of the "internet". They both show our lost interest in the cosmic sciences either it be an eclipse or exploring space where there seems to be a loss of interest due to the easy accessibility of vast information from many databases that require the need for satellites and as time continues the number of satellites in our skies will grow leading to the existence of more space junk and soon enough the outer layer of our atmosphere will look as it does in Wall-E if we are not careful.

Arielle Stallworth said...

The reading that meant the most/ impacted me the most would be Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump.” This article meant the most to me because it brings up the issue of the necessities of life being too expensive to sustain. A breast pump is something every mother will need, and similarly, healthy foods are things that everyone needs to survive and they are both very expensive. There are cheaper alternatives to both but the cheaper breast pump is not as affective or may not be as easy to use as the expensive one as well as with the not-so-healthy foods that are much less expensive but can affect human health in a negative way. So the question still remains, Why are the necessities in life so expensive?"

Anonymous said...

I found Ross Andersen’s “Pleistocene Park” the most interesting to me because well, I’m a car guy, and it’s tiring hearing people blame cars for soley causing the climate change issue and it was really refreshing to see a new argument without the use of a scapegoat.

~Curtis G

Anonymous said...

Susannah Felts' article, "Astonish Me'" had the greatest impact on me this semester. It served as a reminder to slow down and actually absorb and appreciate the beauty in things we now deem are "small."

Jacqueline S.

Thomas Siganga said...

I felt like Ceridwen Dovey's "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos" had the biggest impact out of all of the articles that I read this semester. I have always thought about pollution and the environment, but never outside of the world that we live in. It gave me an idea of how easy it is to affect our planet.

Aleeya Barrolle said...

“The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” was the most important article because it made me think about what some women go through in the workplace after having a child.

- Aleeya B.

Jeremiah T said...

The most important article to me was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump" because I had never thought about what women had to endure as mothers with newborns. It was also important that the women in the article were CEOs, venture capitalist, and entrepreneurs.

Anonymous said...

The article that meant the most to me was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump". I liked this article because it helped show the stigma that females fight on an everyday basis. It also shows how its not always other people that you are fighting against sometimes it is your kind. The importance of respecting other peoples belief and opinions is huge in this article and everyday life for people. -Mikayla Kinnard

Nia Marshall said...

For me Susannah Felt's article, "Astonish Me" was the most meaningful to me based on how much I could relate to the same experience she got to have. It made me realize even more, the greatness of taking time out to enjoy the details of life every once in a while. However, the most insightful article for me was that by Ross Anderson, "Plesitocene Park", This made me realize how much of the world is changing and not for the better. However, his experiment are bringing some sense of hope for climate change.

Zaria Whitlock said...

The article that was the most important to me was Susannah Felt's "Astonish Me". This article had the most impact on me because it reminded me to enjoy each of the experiences I have throughout my life. Too often we are focused on the next moment or what is the next step rather than enjoying where we are in that exact moment. "Astonish Me" also reminded me to remove myself from the technology and information which is so easily accessed and have first hand experiences rather than allowing technology to affect my experiences. We are so often told to utilize the information we have access to which removes us from our experiences.
Zaria W.

Chaianna Curry said...

Susannah Felt’s “Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information” was the most powerful article to me. I was able to see a solar eclipse once, and the experience was just as amazing as she described. It was amazing to see the eclipse but also to see how everyone was able to put their devices down, relax, and be still for a moment. I think her article did a great job explaining the importance of moments like these, when we live in a world where time is constantly moving forward.
-Chaianna Curry

Brooke Harris said...

The article that i found more important or useful would be "Pleistocene Park" because it was the most relatable to me as I would always find ways to try and save the environment . Even if the solution in the excerpt wouldn't be possible, that doesn't mean its a helpless idea. It just makes me feel optimistic.-Brooke Harris

Terence Jones said...

The most interesting article to me was Ross Andersen's "Pleistocene Park". Anything that has to do with climate change or make our Earth better immediately grabs my attention. We only have one Earth, there is no where else to go. Andersen's project is also quite unique by trying to resurrect and ancient animal to change the environment of an area. Subjects like these are mind and make me wonder what I can do to make my Earth better.-Terence Jones

William Shanklin said...

The article that stood out to me most was, “Ceridwen Dovey’s “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos””. This article stood out to me the most because before reading this article I believed that the world needed to focus on ocean exploration rather than space. However, this article helped me realize that we need to look towards the future to grow as a society. -William Shanklin

Anonymous said...

The article that meant the most to me was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump" . I liked this article because woman have to go through different things everyday. In this article they talk about it is better for woman to breast pump then breast feeding. -Laurel White

Tyler Bean-Catencamp said...

Of all of the articles that we have read this semester, "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump", was the most important to me. It gave me, someone who has never even had to think about the problems that come with breastfeeding, a look into what women have to go through. I think that it taught me an important lesson about diversity.

-Tyler B.C.

Alleson Huntspon said...

The article I liked the most was “Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information”. It was so sweet getting to hear how she experienced the eclipse with her family and they enjoyed that moment together. It really just highlighted that you have to be grateful for all things in life and you have to cherish special moments that you get and spend those moments with someone you love!
- Alleson H

Fontez McNeal said...

"Pleistocene Park" was the most impactful/useful article for me. I often think about how the world is changing for the worse and this article gave me hope that we are not just doomed. Also the article was very interesting to learn that scientists can revive species that have been extinct for thousands of years. This revelation alone was very insightful on all of the things that I don't know about science.

Ta'mya Cummings said...

The article that was most important to me was Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump”. The problems that are occurring in this article are occurring to women til this day and it is shocking how this haven't been addressed yet. This article relates to the everyday life of women and the struggles they go through to breast pump for they children. These women are very innovative and strong since they have to find the most efficient way to pump and them having people judging them for "being a parent".

Linda H. said...

The article that had the most impact to me was Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump”. I have always felt that when you have kids you won't have time to do anything else except take care of them. This article showed me that not only can women have kids and jobs, but they can also invent products to help other women with kids in the workplace.

-Linda H.

Anonymous said...

I found the article, “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos" by Ceridwen Dovey’s to be the most impactful. It really opened my eyes when it comes to pollution. I typically only think about pollution on earth, not about the pollution in space. Its sad to think that we (humans) have caused space to become crowded with man-made materials.

Jada Baker

Adejoke Adanri said...

The article that meant the most to me was Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos. The idea of us polluting space never would have crossed my mind had it not been for this article. We think of space as this amazing, untouchable thing but its filled with disregarded archaeology left from earth. It gave me a lot of perspective I wouldn't otherwise have had.

Caleb Abernathy said...

To me, this one is tough. It is between "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump" and "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos". They both opened my mind and less me less myopic to things that seemed rather esoteric when talked about at time.

Just out of pure interest, I think "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos" was the most important to me. For some reason, prior to reading this article, I has never really thought about Space pollution. I think it is because when space is talked about there some sort of belief that some kind of alchemy is involved. Individuals, including myself, just think of it as a never ending void that is never impacted by things we do on this planet, when in fact it is the exact antithesis of that.

Reading that article has made me much more conscientious towards the impact I can have on the environment in general. It was a great article!

Alexis R. Austin said...

I think the article, "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump", was the most important because as a female we might need to use a breast pump. The fact that women are actually taking the time to help the current and future generation of mothers by doing something that will help the future children with something that was frowned upon to be done in public is something that needed to be looked into long ago instead of judged for so long.

Alexis H. said...

Alexis H.

The article that meant the most to me was The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump. It inspired me and showed me that no matter what people may think, you are the person that knows best for you. In the article I learned that a man created the first breast pump. This was because women were not allowed to participate in anything pretty much. The women hated the pump and decided to create newer, better feeling pump. This article helped me understand that while people may have good intentions that do not always know what is best for you.

Keaira C. said...

Honestly, I struggled with trying to figure out which article left the biggest impact on me and my perspective and understanding of things, but I realized my decision was really between Sophie Brickman’s, “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” article, and Susannah Felt’s “Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information” article. Both articles either taught me or reminded me about two different things that did broaden my perspective on things. Brickman’s article taught me that there are still many adjustments and accommodations that need to be made in order for mothers to be recognized and feel prioritized within the workplace. And Felts’ message was the most relevant and useful to me, it reminded me to make time for those you love and the moments that may provide you with a worthy experience. She heightened my understanding of why we need to set aside the extra things every now and then so that we don’t miss out on life-changing moments and time with those that hold a high importance to us. I think this was one of the most impactful takeaway messages from any of the articles we read because as a college student it’s very easy to get consumed and taken away by your goals and plans you have for yourself. But we need to continue to live and embrace moments as they come, rather than being so focused on anything but present moments.

Bria B said...

The most important article to me was , "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump" because I never really realized the significance and outside issues with breast pumping, with also other reasoning. I knew that when mothers would breast feed in public that there would be some issues from the public's opinion but I never knew the full explanation or reasoning. From the text, I came to the realization that women (mothers) prefer to breast feed due to cost and how easy it is to do so without difficulty and from the text I see why. I didn't know the cost of breast pumps was that much because my mom breast fed my little sister from the machine when we was in public but because of our financial situation at the time that she could afford it and our support system, I didn't think a breast pumping machine would cost that much! Personally I believe if the baby needs to eat then let him/her eat, especially if the mother can't afford to purchase that machine or just dont prefer to use it but if she's in public I think for the public's sake at least cover your boob with a blanket. That way both sides can be content with the situation, but if the public is complaining even when the mother does have coverage then it is wrong. If the baby needs to eat, then let the baby eat in peace.

Unknown said...

I think that the article that spoke to me the most was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump." I thought that because it talks about diversity. It also talks about things that women see and have to go through every day without sugarcoating it.

-Tara Thompson

Jasmin Smoot said...

I believe the writing that carried the most weight was The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump. Although the ends product can be considered a feminine item, it was something created by women for women. It can be extremely encouraging to find groups who carry so much power that you can identify with.

Kevin P said...

The article I was most moved by was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump". I found myself being able to relate to this piece due to it having some aspects of engineering in it which is my major. In the piece after the women created the new breast pump they had to present their product to wealthy white men in order to convince them to sponsor their efforts. I was able to connect this to this to what I was told about engineers and how as they move up in the company their work becomes more business related which is why some engineering majors also minor in some form of business. While I cant I don't know how it felt to create and have to present a newly innovated breast pump I could also relate to the women in this situation.
In the past I have done engineering programs where, like women, African Americans are very common in the engineering field. When being in situations like theses women it can be intimidating especially when your future rides on the approval of someone who is in a position of power and might make decisions based on things such as sex, race, and religion.

J'kolbe K. said...

The Article that meant the most to me was, "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump." As A Boyfriend and father I feel this article really opened my eyes to an issue i had never really considered before. Going forward in fatherhood I plan to be more conscious of this and other issues that do not directly affect me

Noah Jones said...

I thought the Ross Andersen’s “Pleistocene Park” story was the most impactful to me. I really liked the conclusions and ideas that I was able to form and come to from this one. It made me think of the importance of thinking about not just the present, but the far future for our generations to come after, and also how it is important that we stay able to communicate with younger generations as ours age. - Noah Jones

Eboni G. said...

I think one of the most important articles was Ceridwen Dovey’s “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos”. This article gives a new perspective on space and it's importance for our future that we are intentional and smart with how we venture into space.

Eboni G.

Jovahna Williams said...

The passage that meant the most to me was "Of Mothers and Monkeys". It was a heartwarming story for sure but the principles of the story were more meaningful than the sad story aspect. It posed a psychological social question for me. Should we be using animals for research and when exactly did it become appropriate to do so? Where does the social hierarchy of intelligence begin and what necessarily were the dictations that allowed humans to deem it morally right to use animals for research? Why would we necessarily deem our own personal lives more important than other life forms when we are the most harmful species that ever inhabited the earth. With our own technological advances we have harmed the Earth more than ever thought possible but other species have not. I think this aspect of the story was why it was so interesting because it is something think about quite often. Why should other animals suffer at the expense of research when the most harmful species to ever inhabit the Earth has only done good for themselves and has mainly harmed other species even to the point of extinction? And why is it that we put ourselves above all other species when we are the most destructive to our own environment?

Kenisha Townsend said...

Susannah Felt's “Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information” was the most useful to me, because it stressed the importance of appreciating the present moment. In this day in age we tend to feel the need to capture every moment on camera without actually living in the moment, despite how short-lived it may be.

Zuriah Harkins said...

The most important article to me was, "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump." I liked that the article brought attention to one of the many struggles that working moms have to endure. In addition to that, I also was happy to see women coming together to create a product that other women can benefit from. It shows why it is so important to have women as part of the creative team for feminine products.

Zuriah H.

Alliyah M. said...

I thought “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos” provided an interesting and new perspective on the effects of pollution that not many people focus on.The article showed how destructive humans are to not only earth, but outside our planet as well which is really concerning. I think we need to be more aware of how much pollution is affecting all aspects of Earth and how we should prevent these things from worsening in the future.

Carah F. said...

Of Mothers and Monkeys was the more important to me, because it made me think of how parents treat their children in times of distress. When a parent is dying, they tend to hold on to any sense of solid ground or hope. This article helped me realize that parents use their children as that solid ground and hope. While this can be a good thing, because it’s a motivator, but it can be very harmful towards their children. It can be a huge emotional burden. - Carah F.

Phoenix Johnson said...

The most useful article was Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump”. This is because the article brings to light the struggles if being a mom and succeed in their profession.

Torian H. said...

The most important reading to me was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump." This is because I felt this article provided much needed insight and understanding to certain aspects of the female life. To progress as a society and become more inclusive and diverse, we must understand each other and the battles each of us have to face in the short and long term.

Torian H

I'Lysa Walker said...

"Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information " intrigued me the most. Everyday we take for granted the smallest blessings and don't take the time to appreciate what we have. Nothing is guaranteed not even the next morning; therefore we need to need to be grateful for the little things and moments.
I'Lysa Walker

Dasmin W said...

The one article that was most memorable and stood out against the other articles was " The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump". I like this article for several reasons. One reason being that it highlights not only the struggles of being a woman in the business industry, but if you are a mom that is breastfeeding too. It also open my eyes to breast pumps. I never learned about the different types of breastfeeding bras or breastfeeding besides the basics, so this article brought me into a small part of what it takes to be a mother, if you are breastfeeding.

Jalen White said...

In my opinion, The Squeeze was very informative for me over a plethora of ideas. Not only did it include very insightful dialogue about Silicon Valley, but it also had very thought-provoking comments on what mothers have to endure while breastfeeding their children. Me being a male, I have to admit that I didn’t really take into consideration how elementary certain breast pumps are, and how most women have little to no variation in the products. Also, women have to suffer constant discomfort and embarrassment in the face of men while breastfeeding, something that I also didn’t take into consideration

Jalen W

Ivyanne B. said...

The article that was most important to me was Dr Space junk. I really enjoyed this article and it showed me how we as a society have managed to pollute everything including space. It opened my eyes and showed me that people are trying hard to make scientific advancements but not really taking into consideration how they are affecting the planet with all their failed projects.
-Ivyanne B.

Tatyana C. said...

The article that interested me the most was the “ The squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” because I enjoyed that fact this article was different then most articles that we read. I also felt that it was very interesting that the first breast pump was created by men. I overall enjoyed this article because it was a good and interesting read. It made me want to continue reading the article. Tatyana C.

Charlie Brown said...

Sophie Brickman's "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump" was the most important to me. Prior to reading the article, I had never thought about how women and mothers go about getting breast pumps for their own use. It made me realize that while many women breast feed, obtaining a breast pump is not an easy task, nor is it always convenient.

Anonymous said...

For me, I thought that Susannah Felt's article, "Astonish Me" was the most powerful because it makes me realize how much the human race has taken things for granted and changed the world in both good and bad ways. We have destroyed habitats for animals, experimented on animals and many more things. We haven't really respected the Earth and all of its plants and animals.
Shamon S

Zaria Whitlock said...

The most important article was Susannah Felt’s “Astonish Me”. I found this article to be the most impactful because it reminded me to enjoy each of the experiences I have in my life. So often we are worried about what is to come and what we should do next rather than enjoying the moment and memories we are creating in that moment. “Astonish Me” also reminded me to not allow technology and information to ruin or interfere with my first hand experiences of different events that occur throughout my lifetime. So many times we are encouraged to take in all the information we have access to; however, Felt encourages us to embrace our in person experiences rather than allowing technology to dilute the experience.

-Zaria W.

Anonymous said...

The article “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” was most important to me because as a woman, this is something that I will have to deal with in the future. It addressed the issues in not only the workplace but also public spaces, but also how men, as well as women, can be judgemental toward public pumping. This technology could help the majority of mothers and I hope that it can be sold for a price that isn't ridiculous relatively soon.
- Deja Lane

Anonymous said...

Sophie Brickman's article was most important to me as it exposed me to the world of businesswomen who are also mothers and how difficult doing both tasks at the same time. Which also gave me a greater respect for my mother and what she had to do to take care of myself on her own while also working her job full time. Chris W.

Jasmyn Kloster said...

Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump” stuck out to me because it helped me understand the hardships mothers have to face when breast feeding and working. It’s an aspect of the workplace that needs a major revamping. I enjoyed the products the mothers were creating to help with this issue, but this topic should be talked about more as well. When I was a child I had to go to work with my mother, so for single moms especially, more talk about mothers in the workplace is important.

Devin Ellis-Martin said...

Over the course of the semester, I believe the article of "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos" had the largest impact on me. Before this I did not think of space as much more than just an empty vacuum, however, just like we impact our own environment on Earth, we also impact the environment in space. We should look for ways to limit the waste that is sometimes lost in space.

Devin Ellis-Martin

Ronald Akpan said...

The article that stood out to me the most was Brickman's excerpt about women and the business world. The reason that it stood out to me is because growing up, I was raised by a single mother who works in the IT field which is notorious for being highly dominated by males. Due to this, she has had to fight more than the average person to receive the much earned attention that she got while also raising me and my 2 siblings on top of that. I admired the fact that this story brought light to an issue that is very common in our world today and it gives inspirations to others in that area and lets them know that they are not alone in life.

Kalonji said...

The article that was most important to me is Caitlin Kuehn's “Of Mothers and Monkeys”. The article addresses a strong ethical issue within the medical community pertaining to rather or not it is just to use animals for medical research. The reason why it's significant to me is that it addresses a dilemma relevant to the career field that I'm currently pursuing, thus, provoking me to think on a deeper level. This ethical dilemma was both multifaceted and relevant to me.

Kalonji Rumph

Anonymous said...

The article that was most important to me was Susannah Felt's "Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information" because it really opened my eyes to enjoy living in the moment. In the article it said "It will be my parents' last eclipse; it will be my daughter's first"(247), that made me think that life is short so we should enjoy it while we can with the people we love. ~Demetria J.

Daeja said...

From all the readings we had this semester the article "Astonish Me: Anticipating an Eclipse in the Age of Information" had the most impact. It really stressed to me the importance of living in the moment and enjoying one another as well as nature. It was very realistic and relocatable. Technology has become so important and a lot of our time is spent on it.

Daeja Daniels

Jayla Pierce said...

The article that meant the most to me was, "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump." It was article different from the ones we typically read. It showed how limited women voices are in the workforce, even when the machinery or topic is pertaining to women. It was an eye-opening article, not in the way that it’s a first discovery, but it was something I didn't think much about buys should be.

Connor Woolfolk said...

Ross Andersen's Pleistocene Park" was a very impactful article for me to read. The article had reintroduced me to the concept of global warming, which is an important issue that Earth is currently dealing with. This article gave me hope in thinking that global warming isn't a phenomenon that is impossible to combat. Andersen had also opened my mind by introducing me to Nikita's Earth-saving project.

-Connor Woolfolk

Kamela Cross said...

I believe that Caitlin Kuehn's "Of Mothers and Monkeys" had the most impact on me. They struggle with work and her mother must have been really hard on her mind, I can't imagine have to be her and going into work everyday questioning if what your doing is right if it means saving your mother. It also stands to question, Where does it stop, Where is the line drawn, and can you stop before that line?

Crystal R. said...

The article that was most meaningful to me was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump." I liked how it showed how women had a voice and can have a huge impact on mothers in the future with that technology. And this article was very different from most articles we read so it was really kept my interest while reading it. It shows a small part of the struggles women go through, especially entrepreneur women and mothers at that.

Crystal R.

Crystal R. said...

The article that was most meaningful to me was "The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump." I liked how it showed how women had a voice and can have a huge impact on mothers in the future with that technology. And this article was very different from most articles we read so it was really kept my interest while reading it. It shows a small part of the struggles women go through, especially entrepreneur women and mothers at that.

Crystal R.

Peyton W said...

The article most important to me was The Squeeze: Silicone Valley reinvents the Breast Pump. I think it is important for more employers take into account the difficulties women face in a work environment and outside of one as well. This really shows that men don’t pay attention of women’s needs in the workforce and that needs to change.

Abdul Nelson said...

The article that was most enlightening and impactful for me was Sophie Brickman’s “The Squeeze: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Breast Pump”. This article just taught me about how woman go through things in the workplace that guys don't have to worry about. I think woman are very underrated in today's society and don't get enough credit. Woman go through so much yet they still get the job done no matter what.

Aliyah Johnson said...

The article that was most useful to me was Sophie Brickman's "The squeeze silicon valley reinvents the breast pump'". This article was the most memorable. I am not a mother however the article allowed me to put myself in a mother's shoes. having to need a device that is outdated and neglected in society is astonishing. It's awesome that people are working to create technologically advanced devices for mothers to efficiently use.

Unknown said...

The article that meant the most to me is Ceridwen Dovey's "Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos." This article really hit home because it further illustrated the notion that space travel really isn't that far away or undeniable anymore. It also was a warning to us reading the article that humans not only polite the earth, but are capable of polluting outer space as well, which is a scary thought.

Railllane Kamdem

Brandon N said...

I believe that the "Dr. Space Junk" Article was the most important to me because I have a deep interest in space. I am worried about our species not being able to travel through space due to the massive amount of debris that is floating through our atmosphere. Hopefully we can find a way around this problem in the future.

Brandon Nichols