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“The news release is dead.” If you work in journalism or public relations circles, you’ve heard this before. But institutions keep rolling out news releases. Are news releases actually still effective or has their time passed? It depends on how you look at it.

My latest for +SciLogs.com.
Credit: Photo credit: Marcela, WikiMedia Commons “The news release is dead.” If you work in journalism or public relations circles, you’ve heard this bef
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Does #scicomm have a place in higher ed classrooms? In this post, I look at one paper, and ask some questions. Thoughts? +SciLogs.com 
Many people believe science communication (scicomm) is important. But one university professor decided to incorporate scicomm training into an advanced biochemistry course, with interesting results.Scicomm is important for securing research funding, boosting citations and encouraging future generations of scientists. But it’s also an important part of helping people find work.One study ...
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Great guest post today from Fernando Gonzalez, focusing on multilingual science communication. He looks at why non-English scicomm is important, and how we can do it more effectively. Incredibly interesting and useful.
Editor's note: This is a guest post by Ivan Fernando Gonzalez, a bilingual scientist and science communicator. Gonzalez moderated a session on non-English science communication at ScienceOnline Together last month. He recaps the session here. (This post can also be found on Gonzalez's blog.)The Non-English science communication discussion session at ScienceOnline Together (ScioLang) st ...
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How would you respond if I stole your wallet and used your credit card to purchase a magazine advertisement about science? I’m guessing you wouldn’t say: “I can’t really afford to have you steal from me, but it’s okay because it will get people excited about science.”
I love art. In my free time, I enjoy visiting galleries and museums; in my professional life, I occasionally work with artists and designers on various communication projects. For these and other reasons, I know that art has value.And I’m not talking about some ethereal sense of moral, spiritual, or aesthetic value. I’m talking about dollars and cents. Art is, after all, a product. It is p ...
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There's a discussion going on over at the Astronomers' Facebook page, because someone complained that a member of the group was "spamming" the group with links to the Women in Astronomy blog. It turned into a discussion of sexual harassment, and whether harassment is something we should talk about as a professional organization.

Let me just say: Women don't want to talk about sexual harassment either. We talk about sexual harassment because there is literally nothing else we can do to stop it. Talking about it may or may not work, but it's the best we've got. And yes, we have to talk about it to men. And to other women. We have to talk about it to pretty much everyone who ever interacts with other people, because we're all in this culture together and the changes that need to happen are big and difficult and fundamental.

But, no, we don't want to talk about harassment. We also don't want to talk about our bodies with strangers on the street. We don't want to talk with our professional colleagues about how we look in our clothes. We don't want to talk about the sexual desires of our senior colleagues or about how our reproductive choices might inconvenience our companies or about whether or not our hormones might be affecting our work. We don't want to have to explain how we could possibly be good enough for our careers or hear our colleagues dismiss our ideas because of our gender.

So, yeah, it'd be great if we could stop talking about sexual harassment, but there are plenty of other things I think we should stop talking about first.
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My latest science and superheroes post, in which Suveen Mathaudhu and I once again share our love of comics and and science.

Since he knows more about both, I'm clearly the sidekick here. :)
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The importance of being visible--GREAT piece on science and diversity
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If anyone's interested in flame retardants and toxicity, Duke chemist Heather Stapleton and NC State toxicologist  Heather Beaupre Patisaul will be doing a live chat on the subject this afternoon. You can submit questions in advance as well. More info at the link.
Ever watched the dust fly when you flop down on the couch? Most of us have. And that means most of us have been exposed to toxic flame retardants.  How can this be? Shouldn't we be safe from toxic chemicals?  Join us for a Google+ Hangout on Air to learn more. Our panel of experts will discuss the health impacts of flame retardants and what you can do about it. Environmental Defense Fund's Dr. Sarah Vogel, and Dr. Richard Denison will be joine...
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I can virtually guarantee this will be the best story you'll read today. Probably the best you'll read this week. Or month. Impressive.
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3,787 people
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Science writer, everything-else writer, blogger, editor and flack. Also, volunteer do-gooder.
Employment
  • Freelancing
    Writer, Editor, PR Consultant, 2000 - present
  • First Step Project
    Founder, 2009 - present
  • North Carolina State University
    Science Writer, PIO, 2008 - present
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Male
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Tagline
I explain things for a living.
Introduction
I get paid to write, which is nice. I primarily write about science, technology and research. I've also written about everything from beer to antiques to boat-building. I have not yet had an opportunity to write about all of those things in one article. I also founded and run a project that supports community nonprofit agencies. Our primary focus is on helping survivors of domestic violence, rape or sexual assault. My hobbies include playing guitar badly (but with enthusiasm) and keeping track of the humans who live in my house.
Bragging rights
This may astound you, but people actually pay me to write things.
Education
  • College of William and Mary
    English, 1994 - 1998