Source: Sole-Smith, Virginia, What Is the Point of a Period?, Scientific American, May 2019, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-point-of-a-period/ In an excellent article in Scientific American, Virginia Sole-Smith discusses age-old taboos against menstruation which have led to a lack of research on how women’s cycles work, resulting in serious consequences for their health. In their quest to bring reproductive […]

Source: Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman, Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines, The Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2015, http://graphics.wsj.com/infectious-diseases-and-vaccines/ Image: https://givingcompass.org/article/washington-declares-public-health-emergency-over-measles-outbreak/ With public health officials declaring emergencies related to the current measles outbreak, I thought I would share some data visualizations related to the impact of vaccines on infectious diseases. These […]

Source: Raza, Sheeraz, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Quotes And Infographic, ValueWalk.com, January 18, 2015, https://www.valuewalk.com/2015/01/martin-luther-king-jr-quotes-infographic/ Readers: Today marks the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. I was a very young boy when he was assassinated, and remember the sadness the nation felt with his passing. This infographic from ValueWalk.com tells the story […]

Source: –, Client Highlight: How White Supremacy Attempts to Make Slavery and Segregation, “Soooo Long Ago.”, Zerflin.com, April 6, 2016, https://zerflin.com/2016/04/06/client-highlight-how-white-supremacy-attempts-to-make-slavery-and-segregation-soooo-long-ago/. Text describing this graphic tattoo is excerpted from the Zerflin.com web site. Back in 2016, Zerflin was commissioned to create a piece of art that gives an account of America’s history with slavery. This […]

Readers: Back in 2013, I did a multi-blog post on the 1854 cholera epidemic in London. Most of the reference material I used was based on Steven Johnson’s riveting book, The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (see book cover below) What I want to discuss today are […]