Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
– Sir Francis Bacon.

The next edition of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) will publish this Monday and as usual, it is seeking submissions and hosts! Can you help by sending URLs for your own or others’ well-written science, medicine, and nature blog essays to me or by volunteering to host this carnival on your blog?


Scientia Pro Publica is a traveling blog carnival that celebrates the best science, environment, nature and medical writing that has been published in the blogosphere within the past 60 days targeted specifically to the public.

The most recent edition of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) — “Scientia Pro Publica 27” — was published was published by Mel at her blog, Melliferax.

The host for the upcoming 3 May edition will be Kelsey, who writes the blog, Mauka to Makai. So far, we have only THREE SUBMISSIONS!! I know there’s a lot of good writing out there, so drop those binoculars, camera, or tennis racket and please send this writing to me as soon as possible. Yes, that means YOU, too. Even though I am quite ill, I am working on a piece for this carnival as well.

To send submissions of your writing or others’ to Scientia Pro Publica, either use this automated submission form or use the cute little widget on the right (be aware that widget doesn’t upload when the mother site is nonfunctional, and also check your email/spam filter for your submission receipt to be sure it was sent properly). When submitting an essay, be sure to include the URL or “permalink”, the essay title and — to make life easier for the host — please include a 2-3 sentence summary. Don’t forget that all essays must be written for the purpose of communicating with the public and non-specialists, and if the host suspects a submission is either advertising or pseudoscience, it will be rejected.

If you wish to read the archived issues to see what sorts of essays that were linked previously, visit the Scientia website.

Since Scientia Pro Publica is a traveling blog carnival, it needs host sites to travel to. If you are interested in hosting this carnival on your blog, please contact me as soon as possible or notify the current host (please note that I prefer hosts who have had their writing included in one or more editions of this carnival). Scientia Pro Publica is published on the first and third Monday of each month, so feel free to choose a particular date, or I’ll assign you the first available date [working schedule of Scientia hosts]. Due to the large number of submissions received, Scientia will attempt to publish once each week between 5 April through 7 June (when it will resume its normal twice-monthly schedule).