Among the many things I’ve learned over the years is that environmental health today is very much entangled, produced even, by infrastructures of all kinds — information and scientific, governmental and built, and of course healthcare systems. It’s easy for infrastructure to slip from view, if it’s ever seen at all. Given these traits, I wanted to take this space to thank a number of people who have helped build and support PHEEL infrastructure over the years. In this post, I’m particularly thanking people who have made our digital infrastructure (the websites) and grant support possible.
Our work would not be possible without Irene Cho and Melissa Mansfield, program administrators at Drexel, who I’ve worked closely with over the years. Both Mansfield and Cho have helped secure supplies, transportation, and publicity for PHEEL; they’ve coordinated paperwork and directed students to the Lab; they’ve made sure we’ve been funded, and have overall been huge supporters of our work! More recently, Sarah Saxton, the Research Program Coordinator in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, has supported numerous grant applications and distribution of funds. (And IRB applications too 😉 )
Yuan Dong, a Master’s student in Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics first built our wordpress site back in 2014, and helped maintain it through 2015. Yuan has since graduated and moved on to bigger and better things, but she played a formative role in PHEEL’s first year. Her collaboration on site design and features helped shaped the Lab’s vision for public communication.
Most recently, Lindsay Poirier — an STS scholar extraordinaire — has helped to update the site, again, tweaking design and advising on technicalities. I’ve learned a ton from her, and she’s fixed things that were daunting me!
So many thanks to everyone who supports PHEEL!!