22 April 2014
Italian neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini – born on this day in 1909 – received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, along with Stanley Cohen, for their discovery that a protein called nerve growth factor plays a key role in the development of the nervous system. But particularly remarkable is how Levi-Montalcini managed to conduct her research at a time when Mussolini prevented non-Aryan Italian citizens from having academic careers. This impelled Levi-Montalcini to set up a laboratory in her bedroom at her family home in Turin. Following heavy bombing by English and American forces, she left Turin to rebuild her mini-laboratory in a cottage in the country. When the German army invaded Italy, she fled to Florence to work as a doctor for war refugees. After the war, she went to Washington University, St. Louis, USA, and remained there for thirty years. She died in December 2012 aged 103.
Written by Nick Kennedy
She was fired from her university for being Jewish, and many of the laws introduced by the fascist dictatorship in Italy were aimed at barring Jewish people from professional work.
mauveandrust replied to your post “Literally 60% of my daily effort is expended on not crying and another…”
i know we don’t know each other, but i wanted to comment on this post and liking it didn’t seem like quite enough. I went to amherst college a few years back and this post totally resonated with me. would a knit swap cheer you up?!
That’s a really sweet offer, but I’m afraid that a knit swap would just end up on the already overwhelming list of “things I need to accomplish but can’t because even contemplating the list makes me cry.” Thank you though!
Literally 60% of my daily effort is expended on not crying and another 30% is spent on going places to eat food no wonder I’m so bad at school I only have 10% energy left for everything else.
memoriescantwait asked: The fact that they had a "pro-life feminism" lecture kinda lowers my opinion of Williams College (which I'm assuming was the "Williams" in that post), tbh.
If my university ever dared to have a “pro life feminist” seminar I would raise HELL. - Leigh
I’m a student at Williams, and I actually did raise some hell. I put up about 40 posters in the hallway leading up to the room where she spoke about how legal abortion is a human right and how abortion stigma is the real problem for women/ people who can get pregnant. I also had a HUGE poster that said “hey FFL- what about birth control?” since they refuse to take a stance on birth control (which is so fucked up, considering the number one cause of abortions is surprise! unintended pregnancies and birth control access is the only factor proven to do anything to lower abortion rates.)
The speaker spent most of the time talking about how there’s such a long feminist tradition of being anti-abortion (Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, mostly) and how the modern feminist pro-choice movement was really created by two men who made up numbers about women dying from illegal abortions (if those numbers were false, why are people still dying from illegal abortions around the world?).
I think her point was that we need to have more resources for pregnant and parenting students at colleges- something I do agree with, but I thought it was incredibly paternalistic of her to act like women/ other people who can get pregnant can’t make informed decisions for themselves.
Also, I raised my hand and asked her what her thoughts were on people who didn’t want to be pregnant and she basically said “not my thing, there are other organizations that do work on that.”
There were probably around 40 people in the audience, including at least 10 who I know are pro-choice and probably another 10 adults (non-students). The level of political engagement on the campus is pretty low, however, and there were two other major events taking place that night. I’m not sure what the event would have been like on a less busy evening.
Last semester my drawing teacher took points off of one of my self portraits because I made the mouth like the same size as the eyes and he said that was disproportionately small. Fun fact: when I’m not smiling, my mouth is almost EXACTLY the same size as one of my eyes.
It isn’t my drawing that’s disproportional, it’s my face.
I am currently averaging about 3 mini panic attacks and 5 full-blown panic attacks per week. Just to update everyone.
I don’t even care that my eyes are all squinty and lopsided because this photo is me being happiest I was in weeks.
Knitting Inspiration - Spirals. I completely failed to do one of these posts last week (all of my weekly posts, in fact), and the reason for that is what inspires me this week. My life feels like one gigantic spiral right now-swirling endlessly towards some crucial nexus. If I try to see the entirety of it at once it terrifies me, like trying to touch a hurricane while standing in the middle of it, but at the same time, watching it rush around me and focusing on a single rotation at a time is a weird kind of beautiful.
What I mean to say is that I’m trying my best to accomplish one hour, day, week of things at a time while hoping that together they add up to the massive, exciting thing I can just barely perceive on my horizon.
Sources are, as always, in the captions and below.
Anonymous asked: Yo, the mayor of my town denied that he was racist, saying that he "only pointed out the corporations responsible for destroying the United States are run by Jews." so is he racist or not?
"so is he racist or not?"
The fuck is wrong with you that you can’t figure this out on your own?