The Intersection

Some of you may have expected or sensed that it was going to happen. But now, I can finally announce that it’s official:

i-2ab5e5b842d4b8ea60e00292b28b2b9c-sherilk.jpg I have invited Sheril Kirshenbaum, who did such a spectacular job blogging here in my absence a few weeks back, to come on to blog here permanently. And she has accepted. “The Intersection” will thus become a two person blog….and all of you will be regaled regularly by Sheril’s awesome and unique blend of science and pop culture commentary.

I’m not sure I really need to introduce Sheril much more fully at this point. But for those who may have been on, say, the Andaman Islands for the last few weeks, I’ll do so again briefly. Sheril is an associate at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions who specializes in ocean and coastal policy, and who worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Florida Senator Bill Nelson. Not only is Sheril trained in marine biology; she also has experience in pop radio.

As for technical details: Sheril posts whenever she wants, and so do I. Not very tough, eh? Very soon she will be posting under her own name once we get various technical details sorted out. For the time being, you may see a few more posts of hers that are technically under my name.

And that’s it for housekeeping…I hope you all will welcome Sheril to “The Intersection”…permanently this time!


  1. #1 coturnix
    June 12, 2007

    Welcome!!! (the special meaning of three exclamation points…)

  2. #2 Megan Dawson
    June 12, 2007

    Great to see Sheril on the Intersection, seems like a great addition to an already fabulous blog. I’m dying to know more about Sea Cucumbers.

  3. #3 Kassandra
    June 12, 2007

    Kudos to your very fine selection of a running mate, Chris. Sheril, I look forward to reading more delightful commentary on our issues! How about some writing on HABS and Hypoxia or Working Waterfronts and Public Access issues? Or the balance of research dollars across base line research and mitigation/control of an issue on the community level…

    Congrats on the writing gig, I’m sure it will be as delightful as the substitute week!

  4. #4 Linda
    June 12, 2007

    BIG CONGRATULATIONS Chris and Sheril. It seems that you both compliment each other in an enjoyable and informative way. Looking forward to learning and reading on….

  5. #5 James Hrynyshyn
    June 12, 2007

    Fantastic. We need all the marine biologists we can get.

  6. #6 Jason
    June 13, 2007

    Sheril is an absolute one-of-a-kind, the type of person you only come across once in your lifetime – if you’re exceptionally lucky. No one is more familiar with that than I am. I’m sure her book brilliance and tendency to being a pop culture trend setter will blend for a wonderful blogger. Congrats to you both, but especially Shez.

  7. #7 Mark Powell
    June 13, 2007

    Thanks for diving in, Sheril, and I look forward to more good stuff. How about some afterthoughts on CHOW? Do you think anything was accomplished? And…maybe you’ll want to join the next Carnival of the Blue?

  8. #8 ACW
    June 13, 2007

    I’m glad to see that we will be getting more of Sheril’s insightful journalism.

    That having been said, I find myself with some idle curiosity about how this works with respect to ScienceBlogs’s bureaucracy. If I recall aright, SB is a ‘by invitation only’ sort of thing; do they mind it when you extend the invitation? If they were in on it, why not give Sheril her own blog? I’d still read it.

  9. #9 Emily
    June 13, 2007

    Congrats Sheril! Looking forward to more posts on charismatic sea cucumbers – perhaps you can keep up informed of any sea cucumber comedians that may be on tour (a la Finding Nemo).

  10. #10 Sheril Kirshenbaum
    June 13, 2007

    Thanks to all and glad to be on board Chris! Looking forward to exploring ideas with you at this junction..

    If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.

  11. #11 michael
    June 13, 2007

    somehow I am not surprised. Congrats.

  12. #12 Chris Mooney
    June 14, 2007

    Thanks to you all for your compliments on my great taste….er, except, this is not about me, this is about Sheril.

    No one is more glad to have her on board than I am, of that I can assure you!

  13. #13 Ben Hayden
    June 14, 2007

    I’m very excited that Sheril will be co-hosting this site. As a scientist with moderate-to-fair communication skills, it makes me really happy that people like Sheril exist, people who help people like me to communicate. I’ve met her in person a couple times, and I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen. I am sure that the Intersection readers will continue to be impressed too.

  14. #14 martha bomar
    June 15, 2007

    congratulations sheril. i look forward to seeing where this blog goes and what directions you can steer our thoughts.

  15. #15 Chris Mooney
    June 15, 2007

    Hey, whose picture is that off on the left sidebar? Might it be Sheril? And at this rate, how long can it be until she is actually blogging under her own name?

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