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Poop can save lives. My latest for Buzz Hoot Roar, with art from Caitlin Atteberry.
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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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Do you have any questions about food?

Over the past few years, I've written a lot of "explainer" posts for NC State's research blog, The Abstract. Some of them are one-offs, but some focus on a specific theme or idea. For example, we've written a lot about insect and arachnid pests: http://web.ncsu.edu/abstract/tag/pests/ (A list of all the explainer posts is here: http://web.ncsu.edu/abstract/tag/explainer/ )

I'm now interested in answering any questions you might have about food. NC State has researchers that study everything from farm to fork and all of the steps in between.

So what do you want to know about? Do you have any questions related to food production, food processing, food safety or food preparation? Please let me know!

You can leave a question in the comments below, or DM me.

And feel free to share. Thanks!
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There is interest among some in food replacements, (www.soylent.me is one). What are the less obvious upsides and downsides?

For example, I've read that breaking it down to it's component parts like this and turning it into a drink is harder on the stomach, and can cause jaw muscle atrophy. This seems plausible but exaggerated.

A lot of the discussion I see on this topic is people trying to convince others of it's merit/insanity, and failing because they just can't put forward a real, unbiased dissertation of the facts. Everyone wants to know what's true, what's plausible for experimentation, and what's just blatant misinformation. May I suggest a series?
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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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Have him in circles
3,784 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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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