The Intersection

Archives for April, 2006

Congrats to Diana Preston

Last night she was announced winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize in science and technology for her book Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, which I haven’t read but which I’m certain is very deserving of the distinction. Afterwards, Sean Carroll and I cried into our beers….er, no, just kidding, I…

I know I haven’t been posting much but you probably wouldn’t either with my travel schedule…May will be much more calm, I assure you. Anyway, today I’m in beautiful San Diego doing a private talk; then it’s off to Monterey for the American Meteorological Society’s 27th conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology; then to LA…

Andrew Revkin Interview

Seed has just published an interview I did with the Times global warming reporter Andy Revkin to discuss climate change coverage and his new book, The North Pole Was Here, which is unique in that it is a GW book that’s aimed at an audience aged 10 and higher (after all, they’re the ones that…

Amherst, MA Speech Tomorrow

For the second time in under a year, I’ll be heading to Amherst tomorrow, this time to give a speech at Hampshire College. The deets: Thursday, April 20 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Hampshire College Franklin Patterson Hall East Lecture Hall Amherst, MA 01002 Here’s a link to a campus map. I’m going to be trying out…

I just gave a speech at George Mason, to a much more scholarly and academically oriented crowd than I’m used to addressing. The event, after all, was entitled “Who Owns Knowledge” and was sponsored by the cultural studies Ph.D. program. There was a time when these sorts of scholars, who study science in its social…

Under the Radar Science Games

Global warming. Stem cells. Evolution. These are high profile scientific topics that are extremely politicized. They get a fair amount of press regularly. One or the other of them is pretty much always in the news in some way. It’s almost like they take turns, or rotate.

Annapolis Center Does It Again

You may not have ever heard of it, but one of the right’s more interesting think tanks dealing in matters of science is the so-called Annapolis Center, or the Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy. The group does the typical global warming and mercury type stuff, but it also does one thing that’s unique: Each…

I’ll be speaking on Tuesday at what looks to be a great event hosted by George Mason University’s cultural studies Ph.D. program. Here’s the roster of talks (for more details see here):

Annals of Christian Conferences

I just left the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida; I’m currently sitting in the happily wired Orlando airport. Anyway, I noticed something at the conference that I can’t resist mentioning–and no, this has nothing to do with hurricanes. Just as the hurricane conference ended, a new conference was starting at the same hotel–a distinctly…

Brad Miller is Getting Tough

Taking over for Henry Waxman (not that the bulldog has gone to sleep or anything), Rep. Brad Miller is starting to cause some serious trouble for the Bush admin over politics and science. See here for an interview with Miller at DailyKos–which, thanks to DarkSyde, is once again doing a great job of bringing integrity…