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Sound is what we hear. Noise is unwanted sound. The difference between sound and noise depends upon the listener and the circumstances. Rock music can be pleasurable sound to one person and an annoying noise to another. In either case, it can be hazardous to a person’s hearing if the sound is loud and if he or she is exposed long and often enough.

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Inequities of Noise Pollution

Where you live is often determined by your socioeconomic status and/or race. In the United States, people of color have been subjected to years of racial segregation. Policies such as “redlining” ensured that black people would only have access to dense, low-income areas (red zones) while white people (who were eligible for bank loans and […]

What is Noise Pollution?

The concept of noise pollution is central to the NOISE project. A primary goal of our work is to counter the adverse effects of noise pollution, particularly in communities most vulnerable to this pollution. As such, it is important to define noise pollution, as we cannot adequately address issues of noise pollution until we know […]

The Purpose of the NOISE Project

The purpose of the NOISE project is written in the first pages of our 2019 NSF report, which states:  “The goal of our community-led project…is to co-create a national community science project focused on noise pollution with the goal of increasing inclusion and equity in STEM, while building capacity in research and science through leadership […]

Community Coding

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Coding Moment of the Week #13

For over a year, members of the NOISE Project have been coding responses from interviews that were conducted over the summer of 2019. During the coding process, we scan interview  answers for their main ideas, and then assign them words or phrases that capture these themes. These words and phrases are called codes. For more […]

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Coding Moment of the Week #12

For the past year, members of the NOISE Project have been coding responses from interviews that were conducted over the summer of 2019. During the coding process, we scan interview  answers for their main ideas, and then assign them words or phrases that capture these themes. These words and phrases are called codes. For more […]

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Coding Moment of the Week #11

For the past year, members of the NOISE Project have been coding responses from interviews that were conducted over the summer of 2019. During the coding process, we scan interview  answers for their main ideas, and then assign them words or phrases that capture these themes. These words and phrases are called codes. For more […]

Antiracist Corner

Antiracist Corner: How Individual Action Distracts from Systemic Issues

Have you ever been told to recycle or else plastic will end up in the ocean? Or have you seen ads that said you’re wasting too much energy just because you forgot to turn off the light switch? If so, you’ve heard prime examples of individual action. Individual action, in the context of environmentalism and […]

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Anti-Racist Corner: Noise Pollution Solutions that Indulge Inequity

The dominant perspective in society is white (and generally of a higher socioeconomic class), meaning that almost every aspect of society is made with them in mind. This means that many solutions to society’s problems are based on the lifestyles and resources of the dominant culture. Noise pollution solutions, especially those that are recommended by […]

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Antiracist Corner: Gentrification and Noise Pollution

Unbeknownst, noise pollution and gentrification are more closely related than you may think. Noise pollution can help maintain gentrification, a system of oppression, and gentrification can help increase noise pollution. Gentrification is a process in which there is an increase of middle-class or wealthy people who start businesses, renovate and rebuild homes, and buy property […]

BIPOC in STEM

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BIPOC in STEM: Ella Nora Phillips Stewart

By Maggy Alarcon and Alexia Maceda Written content here Ella Nora Phillips Stewart was one of the first African-American female pharmacists in the United States. Ella Nora was born on March 6, 1893 in Stringtown, West Virginia. When she was younger, she wished to attend the University of Pittsburgh but was declined because of racial […]

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BIPOC in STEM: Berta Cáceres

By Cecilia Caro Berta Cáceres was a Lenca woman, Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader. Growing up during an era of violence across Central America in the 1980s would inspire Berta to co-found the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) in 1983. In the following years, Cáceres would go up against […]

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BIPOC in STEM: Dr. Helen Rodríguez-Trías

By Tania Acevedo García Dr. Helen Rodríguez-Trías is a Puerto Rican woman who has made an immense impact in the world. Not only was she a pediatrician but she was also an educator and women’s rights activist. Dr. Rodríguez-Trías was the first Latina woman to become president of the American Public Health Association in 1993, […]