This will be my final post here at PLOS Blogs. It’s been a great couple of years, but sadly PLOS has decided to change the licensing rules that govern its blogs, and the new arrangement
As a freelance journalist, I often choose the subjects I write about. Sometimes, though, editors come to me with ideas. Which means I occasionally end up writing bizarre stories on topics I never would have
Last year’s Ecological Society of America conference featured an onslaught of great but relentlessly depressing science. I couldn’t make it to this year’s meeting, which took place last week in Minneapolis, so I asked science
I’m honored that the Society for Environmental Journalism (SEJ) selected my story “Attack of the Mutant Pupfish” as the recipient of its 2013 Award for Reporting on the Environment in the Outstanding Feature Story category.
Late next month, The Science Writers’ Handbook will finally hit stores. It’s a labor of love by a group of freelance science journalists, and a pretty amazing treatise on, as the book’s subtitle says, “Everything
How much “I” is TMI? That’s the question Jacquelyn Gill and I are posing at our ScienceOnline2013 session this Saturday. When Jacquelyn first posted the idea on the conference planning wiki sometime last year, I
Sometimes you can know someone only barely, and still feel the weight of loss when they die. I only met Farish Jenkins three times, but I’m heavyhearted after learning that he passed away this weekend.
How to cope with absurd amounts of data may be the defining problem of 21st-century science. As a systems biologist who uses computational modeling to find patterns in data, Peter Larsen works in the smoldering
Two weeks ago, as fires burned to the north and south of my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, I attended a couple of talks at the Aspen Environment Forum about wildfires. On the drive home, my
Back in February of last year when I started this blog, I wrote about how important stories are to communicating science. I told of a Harvard professor who tried to make Drosophila genetics resonate with