Boulder County immunization rates are alarmingly low. So, I bought a billboard to remind local folks about the importance of public health.
Lindsay Diamond, PhD
Lindsay Diamond has always been a scientist. When she became a mother, she wanted to make immunization decisions based on the best available science. For Ms. Diamond, the decision was clear, but she saw many parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. She set out to help them make this decision based on the facts, see how their decision affects other children, and encourage them to take a risk-based approach to understanding vaccination.
Ms. Diamond is a consistent leader and effective communicator. While earning her PhD in molecular biology, Diamond also studied science communication. Her ability to translate the science of immunization into plain language has helped her convey the importance of vaccination to a wide audience. As a leading voice in her community, Ms. Diamond has helped parents approach this issue with an open mind. For example, she was invited to give a TEDx Talk on how understanding risk can help parents make the decision to vaccinate their children.
Ms. Diamond has worked with Boulder County’s immunization program and local healthcare partners to address low vaccination rates. With Ms. Diamond as a role model, the Boulder County Public Health Department has started looking for more parents who are strong advocates of immunization. By giving parents like Ms. Diamond a voice, public health officials in Colorado hope to move the needle on vaccination rates.
For her efforts to educate her peers and influence social norms, Lindsay Diamond is Colorado’s 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.
2.11.17 - Doomed Valentine’s Show (Oriental Theater, Denver)
2.14.17 - Doomed Valentine’s Show (Boulder Theater)
12.9.17 - Best of 2017 (Oriental Theater, Denver)
3.15.18 - Mortified Benefit for Moms Demand Action (Oriental Theater, Denver)
Hailed a “cultural phenomenon” by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Wired, The AV Club, The Today Show (twice), and beyond, Mortified celebrates stories revealed through the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.
Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi.
Currently tackling the bravery to share my art.
Vaccination: A Story of Risk and Community
We ventured out for a lovely winter hike at Heil Valley Ranch with a pack of llamas from Nieman Farm. Upon unloading the llamas we brushed out their coats before placing the saddle. I approached a lovely llama, Cinnie, and felt a solid camelid connection. It took great restraint to refrain from smothering Cinnie with love as llamas greatly appreciate a fair amount of personal space. I knew Cinnie was my llama as he allowed me to pet his endearingly long neck. We enjoyed a lovely stroll through the snowy trail.
One of my bucket list items is to write a children’s book. My default is always, “I should take a class in that.”
On the morning of October 25th (2014), I discovered a flyer for a local beard competition. The category for female artistic beard caught my eye. I spent at least an hour or so debating whether a same-day beard was possible. Around midday, I made my way to Michael’s for inspiration and materials. This is the end result of <4 hours to prepare for my entry into the “Whiskerina” category.
Dean and I eloped in Iceland during the 2012 Airwaves Festival. We were lucky enough to have our ‘reception’ at the Of Monsters and Men performance at Harpa. The drummer, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, was kind enough to dedicate the last song to us.
Photo by Magnús Elvar Jónsson
Today, I would like to introduce you to my latest creation – the NeverNude prototype in honor of the new season of Arrested Development that will be released on Netflix on May 26th. If you’re not familiar with the show, I hope this ridiculous project piques your interest enough to watch this hilarious series.
There are so many amazingly ridiculous things that happen in this show that it’s difficult to select only one to celebrate. However, I have a particular affinity for Tobias Fünke’s “never-nude” condition. Prior to moving out west I was hiding from adulthood and working on my doctorate in Gainesville, Florida. It’s home to the University of Florida, the Gators. A part of my heart and soul remains in this town, but I will never understand the football fervor. People live and die by Gator football in this little town that magically juxtaposes a typical liberal university town with its redneck roots. If there’s a single unifying icon of this bizarre conflation, it’s jorts. Here’s a little backstory.
So, back to Arrested Development. I nearly lost it just past the eight minute mark in the episode In God We Trust when Tobias’s “never-nude” condition is revealed. This particular aspect of the show always stuck with me – must be nostalgia from my time in jorts-country or growing up with a father that donned ripped jean cut-offs like a uniform.
Just before end of day on Friday I decided that I wanted to spend the evening playing with some of our electroluminescent (EL) offerings. I didn’t have a particular project in mind so I reached out via social media for ideas. A conversation with a friend surrounding a project that would require a flesh-toned leotard eventually led to a “never-nude” reference. Moments later I found myself drawing up the NeverNude prototype.