CREDIT: E. Kang, Xiamen, 2015

For Students

DePaul University’s Writing Center recently summarized a 2013 study citing the 5 most common mistakes of APA formatting – worth looking over. On the topic of writing, Rachel Torr gives great practical tips to help writers over the hump and highlights habits of productive writers. Steven Pinker’s cult classic Why Academic Writing Stinks provides additional suggestions on how not to write like an academic (a good thing).

To speak up (or not) during classroom discussions –  Gerald Graff’s insights are spot on, An Argument Worth Having

HIV/AIDS Resources

  • AIDSVu is an interactive online map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States, developed by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • GREATER THAN AIDS is a leading public information response to the U.S. domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic with a focus on areas and people most affected, through targeted media messages and community outreach. Very creative and accessible tools.
  • UNAIDS Infographics are visual representations of how communities and regions are affected by HIV…and you can download these free printable files. 
  • Lancet HIV
  • Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, using equal area cartograms where territories are re-sized on each map according to a particular variable (e.g., HIV). Maintained by a team at Univ of Sheffield and Michigan, these maps provide stark visual s of geographic context of HIV.
  • DC-Center for AIDS Research seeks to support multi-institutional research aimed at ending the HIV epidemic in Washington, DC and beyond in partnership with local government and community. Great network of  researchers from various disciplines. 

Current Reads

hinton“Entangled antipoverty and crime control measures further reinforced the idea…that conditions in low-income neighborhoods were the results of individuals’ shortcomings rather than structural factors”

“Thus the War on Poverty is best understood not as an effort to broadly uplift communities or as a moral crusade to transform society …but as a manifestation of fear about urban disorder and about the behavior of young people, particularly young African Americans” (Hinton, p. 32).


pandey“Prejudice often parades as difference…Men are not described as different; it is women who are. Foreign colonizers are not different; the colonized are. Caste Hindus are not different in India; it is Muslims, ‘tribals’ and Dalits who are; White Anglo-Saxon Protestant heterosexual males are not different in the US; at one time or another, everybody else is…Difference becomes a mark of the subordinated and the marginalized, measured as it is against the purported mainstream, the ‘standard'” (Pandey, pp. 34-35)