Our Vanishing Sky

For the “Nature” print issue of The Nib, Maki Naro and I pointed out that space is a natural resource that should not be hogged or polluted. Our comic is now available for free on the Nib website!

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The End of Night

comic panel depicting an alien flying over a light-polluted Earth, reading "Companies based in wealthy countries disproportionately produce light pollution and space junk, just as they pollute the air and water around the world."
Panel from “The End of Night”, with words by me and art by Maki Naro

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Space is for everyone, except if you don’t fit the gender binary

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NASA’s Embarrassing Pronouns Fumble

Employees are frustrated and mad that a pilot program meant to foster inclusivity was abruptly ended.

for Slate:

The gesture from the leadership at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland was simple: as of a few weeks ago, employees could add their pronouns to their official identification for meetings. On calls and chats, the information would appear alongside their names and internal ID number. The addition of a formal field for pronouns was a show of support to gender minorities and their allies.

But it didn’t last. On Monday of this week, representatives from NASA Headquarters called a meeting to abruptly end the new features in their system, which they said had been rolled out as part of a pilot program. Officials told Goddard employees who attended the meeting that they hadn’t determined if including pronouns was appropriate in a professional context, and needed to consider broader impacts of displaying the pronouns, an explanation that left many feeling frustrated.

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