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I did an interview with Jamie Broadnax about sci/tech, diversity and pop culture. She is great.
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People often have questions about holiday treats, and science can help us answer them. Here's the second of two science posts that are seasonally appropriate... (And, FYI, booze doesn't help as much as you'd think.) #holidayseason #eggnog  
Eggnog is a holiday treat, but it contains – surprise! – eggs. So how come it’s okay for us to drink it? Here are a few questions and answers about eggnog and food safety.
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All the feels. This one is absolutely worth reading.
Sharing stories of the human mind and spirit at their best can be an antidote to suffering and destruction.
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Oh my God. Just saw the news about the shooting in Oregon. So awful. So awful. So awful.

I'm now waiting for NRA's inevitable announcement that the problem is that we don't have enough guns. Demonstrably false, of course. But NRA knows that gun enthusiasts don't care about facts, because they believe they're in the right -- and facts don't trump belief. (You see this in everything from vaccines to climate change -- the belief that facts can change minds is the information-deficit model, and it doesn't work very well.)

Next, someone will talk about how we shouldn't "politicize" a mass shooting. Even though gun laws are legislated, ergo political.

It's like reading a script where you know what's going to happen next. And nothing will change, because too many politicians are cowards, and not enough people have made gun control a deciding issue in how they cast their votes.

Jesus wept.
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It's a cultural and national leadership issue. As in, prayer effectively banned from schools in 1962 by the Supreme Court and myriad problems exploding here since.
Do you think the basis of the 2nd amendment is less important than particular tools of insane murderers?
There should be a very short trial and appeal process for capital crimes, followed by public execution. 
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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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Why being a dad makes me oppose HB 2.
My friend Matt penned this post that I wanted to share here. You’ll read his words and see that he’s a man bursting with integrity and compassion. Matt is my people. Read on and you’ll see why.   I am […]
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Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. I know other people who've been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say "if you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day".

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.
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People often have questions about holiday treats, and science can help us answer them. Here's the first of two science posts that are seasonally appropriate... (and the answer is...it depends).
We wanted to know if fruitcake really will last forever. So we asked a scientist.
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What does "community engagement" mean in the world of science? Why is AAAS launching a new fellowship program on community engagement? Why is it developing an entire online platform designed to facilitate community engagement? I talked to Lou Woodley, who is leading the fellowship program, to find out.
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Reporters need access to government scientists. When they don't get it, that's a problem.

An epic rant on this, by me.
A new report is highlighting a problem that has been apparent to reporters – particularly science and federal policy reporters – for years: the federal
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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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Science writer, everything-else writer, blogger, editor and flack. Also, volunteer do-gooder.
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    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.
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.
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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