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Listed here, in alphabetical order, are the blogs and individual bloggers who make up our network, with links to their respective blogs. For the latest blog posts and comments visit the PLOS blogs landing page.
- All Models Are Wrong …But Some Are Useful. Tamsin Edwards offers a “grown-up discussion about how to quantify uncertainties in modelling climate change and its impacts, past and future.” Tamsin is a climate modeller at the University of Bristol. Her research is in using models of the earth system – climate, ice sheets, and vegetation – to recreate the past and predict the future, and in trying to quantify the inevitable uncertainties. Tamsin earned her PhD in Particle Physics, from the University of Manchester and Fermilab.
- At the Interface explores the expanding interaction between science and (mostly visual) art and culture. From artists working in labs, to scientists working in art museums, this blog explores how science can inspire great art and vice versa. Johanna Kieniewicz has a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science, a foundation degree in fine art, and spends a good deal more time in galleries and museums than is really healthy. Johanna works in public engagement in science at The British Library.
- CitizenSci examines the emerging phenomena of public participation in science from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Citizen Sci bloggers will bring stories about innovative projects, methodologies, and histories to help chart the changing landscape of public participation in scientific research. Lily Bui is a senior contributor at SciStarter.com and currently works for WGBH-TV in Boston and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge, MA. Darlene Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter.com, an online citizen science community that helps make it easier for people to learn about and get involved in citizen science projects. She is also the founder of ScienceCheerleader.com, a site that creates mechanisms for public engagement in scientific research and policy discussions. Peter Madden is a contributor to SciStarter.com and is currently the Content Coordinator at Escape Apps, a tech startup that creates travel and local discovery smartphone apps. John Ohab, PhD is Director of Community Engagement, SciStarter.com and a digital strategist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.. He joined the government through consecutive American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships at the Department of Defense (2008) and the National Institute of Mental Health (2007). Caren Cooper, PhD is Research Associate in Bird Population Studies at the the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she carries out research on birds almost exclusively with data collected by willing and able hobbyists. She is co-editor of an upcoming special feature about citizen science for the online journal Ecology & Society. Ashley Kelly is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Communications, Rhetoric, & Digital Media program at NC State University She has taught on the topics of technical, scientific, and professional writing as well as an introductory-level Science, Technology, and Society course.
- DNA Science Ricki Lewis is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. The author of several textbooks and thousands of articles in scientific, medical, and consumer publications, Ricki’s first narrative nonfiction book, “The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2012.
- The Integrative Paleontologists covers the latest paleontological research, with special attention to issues concerning open science, publishing, and fossils in the digital realm. Andy Farke is a vertebrate paleontologist at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. Shaena Montanari is a newly minted Ph.D. from the Comparative Biology program at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. Sarah Werning is completing her Ph.D. in Paleontology at The Padian Lab, University of California at Berkeley School of Integrative Biology.
- Translational Global Health: In this blog, Dr Alessandro (Sandro) Demaio assembles knowledge leaders from multiple disciplines to explore issues that define human health across borders. Sandro is a medical doctor, originally from Melbourne, Australia, with a Masters in Public Health. In 2010, Sandro began a PhD in Global Health with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) with his primary research project based in Mongolia. As a Director for NCD Action, Alessandro is a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University.
- Mind the Brain is a team blog with blog posts linking neuroscience research, psychological disorders, health and well-being. James (Jim) Coyne, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and Professor of in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Health Psychology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is the author of over 350 publications. His diverse areas of research include stress and coping, depression, individual and couples’ adaptation to cancer, screening for distress and depression, and evidence-based clinical and health psychology. Shaili Jain, MD serves as a psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, is a researcher affiliated with the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and a Clinical Instructor affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Fabiana Kubke, PhD is a neuroscientist and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences and member of the Centre for Brain Research at University of Auckland. A biologist originally from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Kubke ended up in New Zealand after a long spell in the USA at the University of Connecticut and University of Maryland. She is interested in all things brain development and evolution and all things open. Marc Lewis, PhD is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology, recently at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010, and presently at Radboud University in the Netherlands. His recent book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, blends his life story with a user-friendly account of how drugs affect the brain and how addiction seriously alters neural chemistry and structure.
- Neuroanthropology: As the duo behind this blog explain it, “Sometimes it’s straight-up neuroscience, sometimes it’s all anthropology, most of the time it’s somewhere in the middle.” Daniel Lende, PhD, is a medical, psychological, and biological anthropologist. He worked as an assistant professor in anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and is now associate professor at the University of South Florida. Daniel co-founded Neuroanthropology.net in 2007; Greg Downey, PhD is currently a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has published extensively on capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian art form), no-holds-barred fighting, coaching, dance, music, etc.
- Obesity Panacea: this blog delves into research explicating the science, behavioral, and cultural aspects of obesity and health impacts of diet, sedentary behavior and exercise. Peter Janiszewski has a PhD in clinical exercise physiology from Queen’s University in Canada. He’s a science writer/editor, a published obesity researcher, university lecturer, and an advocate of new media. Travis Saunders is a PhD student in health physiology at the University of Ottawa, who investigates sedentary lifestyles and chronic disease risk in children.
- Public Health is a team blog addressing aspects of epidemiology, health equity, prevention, and promotion. Atif Kukaswadia, M.Sc. is a PhD candidate in Community Health and Epidemiology at Kingston General Hospital and Clinical Research Centre in Canada. Growing up, Atif was always fascinated by the world around him, and in particular in how our social environment shapes our lives and our personalities. Lindsay Kobayashi is a PhD candidate in epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. Lindsay is interested in understanding why social gradients occur in health behaviours and outcomes, and what we can do to ensure equal health status across all groups in the population. Beth Skwarecki is a science writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. With a degree in biology, Beth became a computer nerd along the way, and spent several years crunching data for a bioinformatics project at Cornell. Now, she writes about the life sciences, including molecular biology, human and veterinary health research, ecology, and computational biology, for such publications as Biomedical Computation Review. Viet Le is a 5th year graduate student in theDepartment of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. Viet’s research interest is in understanding how cells communicate via molecular languages, known as signal transduction pathways. Not surprisingly, he is also interested in how the scientific community communicates with the general public.
- Body Politic: Melinda Wenner Moyer is an award-winning science writer focusing on health and policy, and has a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. Her work has appeared inScientific American, Slate, The Oprah Magazine, etc.
- NeuroTribes: Steve Silberman is a long-time writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, The New Yorker, Salon, Time, and many other national publications, all with a neurological slant.
- Sci-Ed is a team blog covering the teaching and learning of science wherever it happens — museums, classrooms, universities, communities, the field, the lab, and beyond. Adam Blankenbicker is an Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Before entering informal science education, he earned his B.S. in Geology and Geological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 2004 and his M.S. in Geology at Michigan Technological University in a program that allowed him to do research while serving in the United States Peace Corps in Guatemala, near the Santa Maria-Santiaguito volcano complex. Jean Flanagan is a Research Associate in science education at AAAS Project 2061 where she focuses on the development and evaluation of curricula and assessments in K-12 biology education. In particular, she studies middle and high school student understanding of heredity, evolution, ecology, and basic biochemistry. Prior to AAAS, Jean pursued research in marine ecology, lived on three different marine biological research stations, and received her B.S. in biology from Gettysburg College. Atif Kukaswadia is a Ph.D. candidate in Community Health and Epidemiology. Growing up, Atif was always fascinated by the world around him, and in particular in how our social environment shapes our lives and our personalities. While his current research looks at the health of Canadian youth, he is heavily involved in science outreach. Sung won Lim is an amateur biologist and science advocate in New York City. After co-founding Genspace community biology lab he went onto participating in a number of iGEM competitions to learn more about synthetic biology and student-led research in unconventional environments. He is currently an instructor for MIT’s BioBuilder program for high school students. Cristina Russo is a science writer with a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics. As a researcher, Cristina has worked in the design of drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Recently, she has taken a position writing about careers in STEM.
- The Gleaming Retort: John Rennie is an adjunct professor in graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting at New York University. John was editor in chief of Scientific American and has appeared on PBS, NPR, ABC, etc.
- The Panic Virus: Seth Mnookin is the best selling author of a number of books including one bearing the name of his blog. Since 2005, Seth has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and was previously a senior writer at Newsweek and other prestigious publications.
- The Student Blog is a forum for the next generation of science writers. Starting with the 2012-13 academic year, we’ve turned this site on our network over to talented student writers who are studying a science discipline at the undergrad or graduate level or they are participating in a Masters Level science communication program. Current lead student blogger is Josh Howgego who spent the last four years “peering into round bottomed flasks, working on his chemistry PhD.” Now Josh has turned his hand to writing about science, and is currently studying science communication at Imperial College London. Any eligible student interested in becoming a contributor to this blog, please send an inquiry with a sample post to email@example.com
- Tooth and Claw: Hillary Rosner is a freelance journalist interested in how humans are affecting everything else that lives on Earth. She has written for The New York Times, Popular Science, Mother Jones, Audubon, OnEarth, and many other publications, and has an MS in environmental studies.
- Wonderland: Emily Anthes is a freelance science writer and has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT. Her work has appeared in Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, Popular Mechanics, Discover, and elsewhere.
- Work in Progress: Jessica Wapner is a freelance writer focused mainly on biomedical issues. Her work is published in Scientific American, The New York Times, Slate, Science, Nature Medicine, and elsewhere.
These scientists and science writers have blogged for our network in the past but are no longer among our regulars. Fortunately for PLOS readers, they’ve left behind a year or two of their best work, which PLOS houses as “Archived Blogs.”
- GenomeBoy: Misha Angrist, PhD, is Assistant Professor of the Practice at the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy. In 2009 he had his full genome sequenced at Duke.
- Gobbledygook: Martin Fenner, MD, originally an independent blogger on our network now serves as (staff) technical lead on the PLOS Article Level Metrics project. Prior, Martin worked as a medical doctor and cancer researcher in the Hannover Medical School Cancer Center in Germany to blogging. Martin’s blogging interest remains how the internet is changing scholarly communication.
- Take As Directed: David Kroll, PhD, is a cancer pharmacologist who investigates natural anticancer drugs and is best known under his blog pseudonym, “Abel Pharmboy.” He has appeared regularly on NPR and ABC News Now.
- The Language of Bad Physics: Sarah Kavassalis has a BS in physics and mathematics and is currently a graduate student at the University of Toronto. She discusses semipopular papers that lack an accurate basis in math and physics.
- Speakeasy Science: Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer prize-winning science writer and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her latest book, The Poisoner’s Handbook, was published in February 2010.
- This May Hurt A Bit: Shara Yurkiewicz is a 3nd year medical student at Harvard University. She was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow, and has written for the LA Times and Discover. She is interested in medical ethics, currently conducting research at Harvard and previously at the Hastings Center.