Though I began writing this on June 10, it took me a few days to finish it completely. Feedback is welcome, both positive and negative.

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Credit: #ShutDownSTEM

Last week, I wrote about my response to, and recognition of, the systemic racism that Black people face in America, exhibited most obviously—and most abhorrently—via police violence. In addition to dealing with these issues in their day-to-day lives, Black researchers in STEM and academia also face structural racism in their careers.

On June 10, many non-Black academics around the US participated in #ShutDownAcademia/#ShutdownSTEM/#Strike4BlackLives: a day to educate ourselves on the issues facing our Black colleagues, and plan our action to address these issues. I also participated in this, and while such action will take much longer than one day, I wanted to share the actions that I am committing to take, both within my school/college and at an individual/research group level. …

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Source: Black Lives Matter

After spending nearly a week in public silence (beyond retweeting and liking tweets, and trying to follow more Black voices, especially in STEM), I cannot continue to remain silent on the brutality and violence that Black Americans face every day in our country.

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Non-comprehensive, and now-outdated, list of Black deaths at the hands of police in the US, since July 2014. Source: NPR’s Code Switch

Like most others, I was shocked to see the casual murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis—but I was not surprised. And no other Americans should be surprised, because Floyd’s murder was just the latest in a long history of Black lives ended brutally, and in many cases casually, by police or white vigilantes in America. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. David McAtee. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Akai Gurley. Tanisha Anderson. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. Amber Monroe. The list goes on, and on, and on. Black men and women continue to be terrorized and murdered, and any list of names will likely be outdated when you read it. …

Great news! The Niemeyer Research Group was awarded two research grants from the National Science Foundation in fall 2019. Both will last three years, but focus on different topics. Both grants also involve collaborations with researchers outside Oregon State University.

The first grant, titled “Submesoscale-Resolving Large Eddy Simulations Using Reduced Biogeochemical Models”, will support research into better understanding interactions between fluid flow and biogeochemistry in the upper layers of the ocean. …


Kyle Niemeyer

Professional nerd, i.e., professor, at Oregon State studying combustion and fluid dynamics.

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