Local Incident Highlights Pervasive Racism in Science

Racism in the lab Daniel Colón-Ramos got the email just a few hours before he was due to lecture before a class of minority students in neuroscience at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), in Woods Hole. A teaching assistant had been expelled after threatening to burn a cross in front of an African-American student’s home. It’s an incident that might seem shocking to many, but to Colón-Ramos, it was the response that stood out. As a Latino scientist who has studied and worked at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions – Harvard, Duke, Stanford, and Yale (where he is currently an associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience) – he has experienced and seen many examples of discrimination. In fact, he and Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a professor and neurosurgeon at…

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