Transgender and nonbinary admissions at Mount Holyoke College for the Chronicle of Higher Education

For the Chronicle of Higher Education, I spent a couple of days last fall on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, a historically women's college in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for a story about the school grappling with the issue of admitting transgender and nonbinary identifying students. Thanks to Rose at the Chronicle for the assignment and to students Leo, Kai, and Sarah, and President Sonya Stephens and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, for being willing to be photographed for such a sensitive story.

The story, by Nora Caplan-Bricker, is available online to Chronicle subscribers: Who Is a Women’s College For?

Resilient furniture workshop at MIT’s D-Lab for MIT Resource Development

Shooting for MIT's office of Resource Development, I photographed a weekend workshop for a small group of students to build "resilient furniture" at MIT's D-Lab. The furniture was designed to be quick to assemble and easy to stack individual units together. Thanks to Barbara and Marshall at MIT for calling me for the shoot. It's always such a pleasure to photograph activities like this!

Thanks to Hadley Green for assisting on the shoot.

Dr. Michael Holick’s Lab and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome for Pro Publica

I spent a couple of hours with Dr. Michael Holick, a professor and researcher at Boston University, photographing an examination of a woman accused of child abuse and around his cluttered office and lab for ProPublica.

Holick is well-known from his research on Vitamin D--he was responsible for getting the nutrient added to orange juice sold in the United States--and relies on his own controversial theories on Vitamin D deficiency and connections to a rare disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to testify on behalf of those accused of child abuse.

The article on Holick's work is well worth a read: The Child Abuse Contrarian. The piece was also published by the New Yorker.

A big thank you to Jillian at ProPublica for calling me for the assignment. I've always admired ProPublica's work from afar, and it was such a pleasure to get the chance to work with the organization.

Harvard Medical School partnership with Franklin Park Zoo for the New York Times

Earlier this year I spent a couple days inside Boston's Franklin Park Zoo's Veterinary Hospital for a New York Times story about the zoo's partnership with Harvard Medical School for an unusual fellowship opportunity for medical students. These students, all focusing on human medicine, spend a month at the zoo shadowing the veterinary team at the zoo to provide medical care to the zoo's animal population. As one of the students told me, it's not as outlandish as it might seem at first glance. The history of medicine is replete with examples of diseases or syndromes first discovered and treated in animal populations. Second, it's useful to treat patients who can't describe their syndromes because that is common in practicing human medicine. Third, there are idiosyncrasies in animal expressions of certain diseases that might inform future treatment methods in humans. Giraffes, I was told, have very high blood pressure, but don't suffer the sames sorts of illnesses associated with high blood pressure in humans.

This one was an absolute joy to photograph, but difficult due to the sensitive nature of the animals, low lighting in many of the environments, and speed with which the veterinarians worked as they attempted to minimize the impact they had on animals during their treatment.

Big thanks to Matt for calling me for the assignment and to the design team for the great presentation in print and online.

Recent articles for World Press Photo Witness

I've continued writing for World Press Photo's Witness online publication over the past year, and it's been a great opportunity to talk with photographers and experts around the world. It's such an honor to contribute to a publication like this.

Here are links to the most recent pieces:

You can also follow me or Witness at Medium to get updates whenever a new piece is published.

Recent work for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Student parents at Endicott College

Portraits of MIT Media Lab Professor Mitchel Resnick

No Boundary Thinking seminar at the University of Rhode Island with Prof. Bryan M. Dewsbury

Portraits of Northeastern professor Suzanna Walters

Portraits of MIT Professor Daniel Jackson

The Past & Future of Prison Education at Harvard with Michelle Jones

Portraits of Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer

For the Chronicle of Higher Education and its magazine, I've photographed portraits, protests, seminars, and student parents, around New England in recent months. These are a few favorites from those assignments. Thanks, as always, to Rose and Erica for all the work!

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