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So, I wrote a book on practical science communication. Here's why.

(TL;DR - because I hope it will be useful.)
So, I wrote a book. It’s called The Handbook for Science Public Information Officers, and if you’re the sort of person who enjoys reading this blog, I h
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Well, congrats ! Hope it reads well and sells.

Now I have a question. I've often wondered who, when and using what criteria decides whether a manuscript is actually science. Not being a scientist myself, I take whatever is sold to me as 'science' as being as close one can get to the truth: it subtends facts, logic and method.

Much like lawyers and doctors pass exams to have a right to call themselves that, I believe there should be some check to people publishing under the category 'science'.


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My latest rant for Communication Breakdown.
My list of pet peeves is pretty short. I can’t stand things that are misspelled intentionally (nothing should ever be “kwik” or “lite”). I don’t
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If you can't explain it in terms that a layman can understand, you don't know it well enough yourself.
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The Open Notebook is a great resource for science journalists, and recently received significant new funding from the KSJ program at MIT. I talked with Siri Carpenter about what the funding means for the future of the site.
MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program (KSJ) announced April 13 that it will be providing financial support to the non-profit website The Open Notebook (
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In addition to their physical injuries, women who are victims of domestic violence are also at a greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and psychotic symptoms. These are the findings of a study that was just published by a team of researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London in England, the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (IUSMM), and the University of Montreal.

#women   #abuse   #mentalhealth  
In addition to their physical injuries, women who are victims of domestic violence are also at a greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and psychotic symptoms. These are the findings of a study that was just published by a team of researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology ...
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An interesting range of responses on what the NSF plan may mean.
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More questions than answers at this point. But I think what's happening at WIRED is interesting. Something to keep an eye on.
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So, I wrote a book on practical science communication. Here's why.

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So, I wrote a book. It’s called The Handbook for Science Public Information Officers, and if you’re the sort of person who enjoys reading this blog, I h
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If you are in public relations, and you are doing any of these things, please stop.

Please. Stop.
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What are the costs and benefits of false balance in science and health reporting? I take a look at an interesting (albeit small) study.
Good reporters strive to write balanced stories, presenting all sides of a story in as unbiased a way as possible. But this can be controversial in science
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How good is your bullsh*t detector? Some things to think about as a news consumer.
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This is good, Matt. Keep it coming!
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Hey folks --- here's a fun science project that YOU can help with! Rob Dunn​ and the folks at Your Wild Life​ have launched something called The Heart Project. They need folks to help them learn more about the heartbeats of different animals. More info below. Please check it out -- and please share!
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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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I explain things for a living.
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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.
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This may astound you, but people actually pay me to write things.
Education
  • College of William and Mary
    English, 1994 - 1998