Scientists construct new uses for billions of discarded masks
Littered face masks and other PPE are an emerging environmental crisis. Some researchers have found a way to repurpose masks in road-building materials but now they need industry to take note and use the technology.
Duo turns mask-making hobby into thriving business
Lisa Bays and her daughter Katie Bays began making and donating masks at the start of the pandemic to help their neighbors in Zionsville, Ind. A year later, they reflect on how their sewing hobby grew into a successful business.
Keeping LGBTQ elders of color connected in Brooklyn
GRIOT Circle in New York City, the only organization dedicated to serving the needs of elder LGBTQ people of color, has shifted many of its programs online during the pandemic to keep its community members connected.
Older adults in the U.S. are looking to stay independent and in their homes. Technology can help them connect with loved ones, continue learning, and take care of basic needs, from telehealth visits to grocery deliveries.
A new virtual friendship bridges the generation gap
Big & Mini, a nonprofit organization that fosters intergenerational relationships through virtual communication, helped Elva Roy, 75, and Daniel Formella, 20, form a special friendship. Elva and Daniel check in with one another and reflect on how they felt at the start of the pandemic.
Office spaces get a revamp — including some throwbacks
From bathrooms to boardrooms, the pandemic is reshaping workspaces. Architects and planners tell us what to expect, as business owners eye everything from increased outdoor space to more private offices.
Telework or back to office? Some hope for mix of both
A Purdue University professor and social scientist says the Covid-19 lockdown exacerbated the work-life imbalance; a working mother shares her experiences. They hope the lessons of working from home will result in more freedom for employees in a post-Covid world.
Joselyn Mendoza is a co-founder of Mirror Trans Beauty, a trans Latinx-led worker co-op for beauty professionals in New York City. The space provides an inclusive environment for trans and gender non-conforming individuals, and seeks to help Latinx immigrants advance their careers.
The AORTA cooperative supports movements for social, racial, and economic justice. Part of its mission is intersectional understanding of systemic oppression, and how this knowledge can build multiracial solidarity.
Taking STEM on the road in order to foster girls' interest
Enter the STEMobile. Activities in the roving science classroom are meant to inspire young young students about coding, engineering, robots and the weather, and have had especially positive impacts on girls and their interest in STEM.
Closing the representation gap in STEM communities
Since its inception in 1994, Science Club for Girls has reached thousands of girls with one specific goal: to give them the opportunity to fall in love with science regardless of their race or family income.
When Henry and Joan Meyer moved to a 120-acre piece of land in Montana in their 20s they decided to stay there and raise their family. Now in their 80s, they have designated their land as a federally protected natural cemetery, finding a way that they can stay on, forever.
A food’s tradition is a valuable cultural artifact
2020 marked a moment of reckoning for food media and cultural appropriation, and came with the realization that the best way to give ‘credit’ is to step aside, and let the originators tell their own stories.
New York City chef Lucas Sin has always wanted to be a chef. Since starting his restaurant group Junzi Kitchen in 2015, he’s been making the case for why American Chinese food is authentic – and always has been.
From bots to helpers: Robotics fill roles in everyday life
There are more than 1,000 robotics organizations in California alone, making advances in the areas of security, farming, healthcare, and warehouse automation. Andra Kaey, founder of Women in Robotics and the managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics, shares her expertise.
Shalaleh Rismani, a roboethicist, is exploring the complex question of how to make ethical robots, and she asks: With regards to care, driving, or even war, what are the issues that need consideration?
Pandemic augmented services long-sought by the disabled
If the pandemic has an upside, it is the expansion of services and online connectivity, from grocery delivery to closed captioning during meetings. Technology has ushered in welcome solutions to everyday challenges.
AI tech provides new set of eyes for visually impaired
Companies like Aira Tech Corp are radically changing the game for people with blindness or low vision in the midst of the pandemic. Jenine Stanley, director of customer communication, explains why generating a more inclusive environment in the industry is crucial for people with disabilities.
Community comes together to transform kids’ school day
As the pandemic forced schools to adapt and modify teaching protocols, a school in rural Minnesota collaborated with a local designer to create portable multi-use desks for outdoors and inside. Teachers also saw an opportunity to reevaluate children’s screen-time usage.
Community pitches in to keep soul food restaurant open
Angela and J.C. Johnson were two pay cycles away from closing The Serving Spoon Restaurant in Inglewood, Calif. A GoFundMe campaign united the community in giving back to the place that has fed them for years.
Community rallies to revive beloved store, a special space
Bluestockings Bookstore, a queer bookstore on the Lower East Side, closed its doors last summer due to financial strains. The community they fostered for over 20 years responded with fundraising events and has been vital in helping the bookstore survive — and grow — during a pandemic.
Seeing the light: lighting designer Mitchell Frazier
As the resident lighting director at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, he brings to his work a fascination with the behind-the-scenes magic of theater and a commitment to telling the story using light.
One of Broadway’s most sought-after stage managers, Lisa Dawn Cave has helped to create a new professional networking organization for stage managers of color. She talks about her journey from dancer to stage manager to activist.
Critic turns focus from stage to state of the industry
Jose Solís is helping to bring greater diversity to Broadway one person at a time. From making open invitations to watch Broadway shows to organizing digital workshops, his goal is to welcome more people who look like him into the world of performing arts.
Stage manager Salima Seale: Representation is important
Salima Seale, a freelance stage manager based in the Twin Cities, believes in the power of story to represent human experience. Often the only person of color working backstage, she is one of those working behind the curtains to bring stories to life.
Staten Island family creates 'sweet' wonderland for locals
Applications for new businesses have spiked during the pandemic; one family decided now was the time to reset their financial future and open a retail shop that aims to deliver more than candy to the neighborhood.
Woman starts dream seltzery business during pandemic
The day bars and restaurants in North Carolina were forced to shut down due to the Covid-19, Kristin Cagney closed on the loan to start her dream business. Despite the challenges, Summit Seltzer opened in September 2020.
Native Americans in tech: For a solution-based future
Chelsea Chee’s interest in science is rooted in her Navajo cultural heritage. Her work with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society allows her to tackle the lack of Native American representation in tech.