Around the world there are many COVID-19 vaccines under investigation. To date, the US Food and Drug Administration has made the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 available under an emergency access mechanism called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). On December 14th, 2020, use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine began in the US under the EUA. Healthcare workers are first in line to receive it. On December 27th, 2020 a group of friends joined me for a Facebook chat about the COVID-19 vaccine. Three are healthcare frontline workers who had already received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and one was a…

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Firstly, wear a mask. Learn about indoor air exchange rates, and consider opening windows, working outdoors, and purchasing an air purifier with a HEPA filter. I will cover some of these topics in this blog, so let’s get started.

Mrs. Tiffany Talbot Oliver, an IB Biology teacher at Robinson High School in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in the United States in December 2019. HCPS’ Director of K-12 Science,Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education Mr. Larry Plank introduced us at the Florida Aquarium where she was…

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Before I start, Wear a Mask, especially if indoors.

Now, Imagine being worried as an educator of having to teach in person because you fear that you or the Black students in your class may be exposed to the COVID-19 virus while there, become a carrier, and subsequently expose other Black folk in the community to the virus. That was not something I thought about until the end of June when my colleagues raised it in a meeting on “Black Lives Matter” organized by Dean Bishop of the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida. Dr…

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I started this blog three months ago, penned the title, and then wrote nothing for a while. The title likely stemmed from this belief that we would pivot all of our energies to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and do so in some coordinated, united and collective manner. We being loosely, and broadly used here. That kind of coordination has happened in pockets, but for the most part I would say that it did not happen in my work environment, did not happen in my social sphere, did not happen in my city, did not happen in my…

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Like many of you, I have been learning alot lately about COVID-19, and healthcare resources around the world. This page summarizes the sources of information that I’ve gone through that I have found useful as an academic, an environmental engineer, someone in Tampa, Florida, and someone from the Caribbean region. Firstly, this blog shared by Corrie Scott, is a good place to start as I do have heart disease, and am likely reacting to this pandemic differently than many I know, “Dear Immuno-Compromised People, A Message To You In These Unsettling Times.”

As a black woman in the…

Things found on the internet, especially around 2020 elections

How are votes tallied in Guyana?

Where are the 10 Regions/Districts?

Information available to date:

General and Regional Votes for Each Region by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)

The information provided below is publicly available. The spreadsheets used to create them can be found at these links: General Election or Regional Election. As of March 8th, GECOM has released the tally of the general and regional Statements of Poll (SOPs )for all 10 districts (referred to as regions in tables). They have not released the actual SOP for each polling stations.

I once moved into a house in Tampa vacated by a family with a dog. Pretty soon I was checking into hotels, flea bombing the place, and trying to work with big water boils on my legs. After professional help to kill the fleas, a friend told me I should have borrowed a dog to run through my house and then just bathe it in flea shampoo afterwards. A few years later, around 2010, I had another episode, but this time the bites were on my behind. I had swum in Guyana in a recently dug creek turned stagnant lake…

I am Ryan #$$$^** Crawford, a kind of social media trend for the Guyanese community in September 2018. Frustration, entitlement, making sense out of the absurdity of our times. As an environmental engineer I wonder what our field misses that we are so many times band aids on bad decisions. While some get to “innovate” with chemicals that suck our income and make their way into our bloodstream unchecked, we get stuck cleaning up the junk in a HAZMAT suit with not enough funding. I wonder how to build public discussions around our health and wellness which indirectly means the…

The James A. Gomez elementary school in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on June 16th, 2018.

From the grounds of James A. Gomez elementary I looked at the plant in the gutter that drains to the underground cistern and looked at the waterway running, maybe a ghut, through the property that helps drain it, and thought what great examples of green infrastructure. Across the way I could see one of two Superfund sites on St. Thomas, and above I could see the Tutu High Rise housing community. Hurricane Irma hit the US Virgin Islands on September 6th, 2017 with category 5 winds. …

Paisley Park and the 3rd Avenue Bridge are both reasonable places to ask for once you touch down in the twin cities in Minnesota. Of course only after numerous questions about the bike lanes and metro. Coming from Tampa, Florida, anywhere that offers mobility options gets my attention these days, some from envy and some from pure respect and curiosity.

Saint Anthony Falls Lock & Dam on the Mississippi river in Minnesota.

I was invited by the Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems Working Group at the University of Minnesota (UNM) to give a keynote at a “New Technologies to Detect Water Pollutants” symposium. …

Maya Trotz

educate.engage.enhance. Environmental Engineer from Guyanese. Professor at USF. Coral restorer supporter. Afro-Caribbean American. All views are my own.

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