Using The Matrix to explain my chronic pain

“What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” -Morpheus, The Matrix In rewatching the original Matrix trilogy in preparation for the new movie, I was struck by the allegory the first movie made forContinue reading “Using The Matrix to explain my chronic pain”

Erica Avery wins National Disability Employment Awareness Month Achiever’s Award!

Erica Avery maintains a leadership position in Equal Access in Science and Medicine Committee, an organization dedicated to students with disabilities at the schools on theEast Baltimore campus. The group has held book clubs, documentary watch parties, social events, a celebration for the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and seminar series givenContinue reading “Erica Avery wins National Disability Employment Awareness Month Achiever’s Award!”

Lessons from the effects of the pandemic on disabled trainees

On behalf of the “JH Needs U” campaign we present “Lessons from the effects of the pandemic on disabled trainees” a listening session and panel event hosted by the EASM committee’s Erica Avery and Nicole Pannullo and moderated by Dr. Bonnielin Swenor, Director of Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center. This event was originally heldContinue reading “Lessons from the effects of the pandemic on disabled trainees”

Disabled Researchers Are Vital to the Strength of Science

Johns Hopkins University graduate student Erica Avery argues that scientific institutions need to work toward a more inclusive environment for disabled scientists in this Scientific American article.