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.
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
I’ve been in Valentine, Nebraska all week with a group of Harvard evolutionary biologists, being repeatedly reminded that 1) my job is awesome and 2) I’d never cut it as a scientist. These guys are
There’s something about being “in the field” that’s exhilarating beyond any other experience. It’s why many scientists do what they do. For certain types of science, it’s where the data collection happens, and what makes
Two recent panel discussions put on by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government looked at mainstream media coverage of energy issues–specifically wind power and electric cars. My post-game write-up is up at The Observatory, Columbia
I never liked science. In fifth grade, the dissections started: starfish, earthworm, frog, pig. These creatures, so beautiful in life, did nothing but depress me in their formaldehyde-soaked death. You could smell it in the