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Team Mascot

Minnow

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently as an advocate for my friends that are currently in the care of the SPCA. I myself was rescued from the shelter, and can confirm that shelter dogs (and cats I guess) are the best! Click here to learn more!

What do you want to solve? How? Why?
I’d like to solve the affordable housing shortage. I believe that there is plenty of space available, but much of that available space is underutilized or kept just out of reach for those who need it. Everyone deserves to have a home, or at the very least a safe shelter.

What would you do if you had absolute power?
You mean I don’t already?

What do you believe that no one else does?
I believe that it is possible to feed everyone on the planet without destroying the environment with large-scale agro industry. The solution lies in minimizing food waste, abolishing monoculture, and utilizing indigenous knowledge.

What do you think everyone should google to learn more about?
Marian Diamond - She is considered one of the founders of modern neuroscience, and with the help of her team was the first scientist to publish evidence on neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain can change with experience and improve in response to enrichment. Her research provided the foundation for many of my behavioral neuroscience courses.

What are you listening to? (eg. music, podcast)
I’m currently listening to Invisibilia, a podcast on NPR. The latest episode I listened to was “The Problem with the Solution,” which examines a town in Belgium that has a fascinating approach to mental illness that is very different from what you see done in most of the United States.

What are reading or what have you read recently that you love?
Semiotic Animal: A Postmodern Definition of “Human Being”: Transcending Patriarchy and Feminism, by John Deely. This book reframes what it means to be human in this new age of postmodernity. Semiotics, the doctrine of signs, introduces postmodernity and the reunification of humans and nature by demonstrating that the separation placed between the two is nothing more than a display of Kantian epistemological limitations. It’s a truly fascinating read.