Entries by Ginanne Brownell

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Scientific American: Creepy Swimmer’s Itch Parasite in Lakes Can Scratch Summer Fun

FRANKFORT, MICHIGAN–Every morning for about eight weeks each summer, Leslie Ritter becomes bait. As head of the lifeguarding program at the Congregational Summer Assembly (a vacation community in northwest Michigan), Ritter wades into Crystal Lake up to her knees. After 30 minutes she gets out and records wind and temperature data. If her skin starts […]

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New York Times: She Was the Orchestra’s Only Black Musician Until She Started Her Own

LONDON–For Chi-chi Nwanoku, coming up with the right name for her new minority orchestra was a stressful experience. Though Ms. Nwanoku had quickly formed a board of directors and had already selected most of her players — 62 musicians representing 31 different nationalities — she was constantly reminded that it would be hard to promote […]

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New York Times: How Diverse Is African Art? A 54 Volume Encyclopaedia Will Try For an Answer

ACCRA, Ghana — Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, a Ghanaian writer, art historian and filmmaker, drove around trying to find a place for brunch one recent Monday. Many places were slow to open, and navigating in Accra is an exercise in calm, patience and practice as directions often rely on landmarks instead of street names. Ms. Oforiatta-Ayim has […]