January 4, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 43.Well helllloooowww 2021! 2020 was pretty disappointing but there were some good things that happened. Let’s refresh:

  • Finland moved to give new Dads time off with their newborns.
  • Congo discharged its last Ebola patient.
  • Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa.
  • People around the world rose up to protest police violence and racial injustice.
  • Crayola unveiled new inclusive skin-tone crayons.
  • The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s effort to end DACA.
  • The Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ employees are protected by civil rights employment statutes.
  • Thanks to stay-at-home orders, animal shelters are emptier than ever.
  • Polio was officially eradicated on the African continent.
  • Asian Americans scored big in Major League Baseball.
  • Scotland became the first country to make period products free.
  • The COVID pandemic drove a record drop in global carbon emissions in 2020.
  • The 2020 election saw the most voter participation in 120 years.
  • The election led to historic wins for LGBTQ+ people and women of color.
  • It was actually areally great year for space exploration.
  • Hundreds of religious leaders called for a ban on conversion therapy.
  • Thanks to the COVID vaccine, the biggest vaccination campaign in history has begun.

I’d also like to introduce you to the “Rainbow Girls” (although they also answer to “Little Ladies”). A group of seven-year-olds in my neighborhood that live on the same cul-de-sac and whose families have formed a ‘pandemic pod’ so they can play safely with one another. Santa brought them all mopeds and we love spotting them cruising around. Rumor has it that plenty of other kids want to join so they are eagerly awaiting everyone to get their vaccine so they can expand the group.



Newsy Stuff

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A group of UNC physicians dance in thank-you video to staff. Will Duke do their own video? My guess is yes 😉

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