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Episode Info: Episode 155 - Lauren Chambers. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Lauren Chambers. Lauren Chambers is the Technology Fellow at the ACLU of Massachusetts, where she uses data for legal and legislative advocacy. Driven by the social, legal, and political expertise held by her colleagues at ACLUM, Lauren explores government data in order to inform citizens and lawmakers about the effects of legislation and political leadership on our civil liberties. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and global protests around anti-Black police violence, she has shifted her work to focus on tracking and understanding the disparate effects of the pandemic and examining the excesses of police funding. Lauren received her Bachelor's degree from Yale in 2017, where she double-majored in astrophysics and African American studies. Her undergraduate African American studies thesis, “A Different Kind of Dark Energy: Placing Race and Gender in Physics” examines how physics and astronomy theory and praxis are influenced by race, gender, and identity. After graduating, Lauren spent two years in Baltimore supporting NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mission as a software developer. Personal website: https://laurenmarietta.github.io/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauren_marietta Recent blog post on leaving astronomy: https://medium.com/@lauren.marietta/a-break-up-letter-with-astronomy-from-a-young-black-woman-a30de24fe209 Recent blog post on the Boston police budget: https://data.aclum.org/2020/06/05/unpacking-the-boston-police-budget/ Blog post about Building a Better Future for AI (includes six questions Lauren talks about in episode): https://medium.com/@lauren.marietta/building-a-better-future-for-ai-7303bd26d423 Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/ Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language....
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