Categories: Biology, Philosophy of Science
Razib has a degree in the life sciences and works in information technology, but he also nurses a strong interest in evolutionary genetics and paleoanthropology. Gene Expression deals primarily with the intersection between new developments in molecular and evolutionary biology, and older established fields such as systematics and paleoanthropology. In person, Razib is an ‘adult kid’ who doesn’t plan on growing up any time soon, and his non-science interests span from ancient Chinese history to science fiction.
Good Math, Bad Math
Categories: Physical Science, Culture Wars
Mark Chu-Carroll, who holds a PhD in computer and information sciences from the University of Delaware, started blogging when it struck him that there were tons of great science blogs out there debunking bad science, but no approachable blogs that did the same for bad math. So he started to blog, and quickly decided that he’d balance criticism of bad math by writing things that would teach good math, and show how much fun and beauty there is in mathematics. When not shredding the bad math and finding the fun in good math on his blog, Mark can be found working in a corporate research lab, or hanging out with his spouse and two children at their home just north of New York City.
The Examining Room of Dr. Charles
Dr. Charles is the nom de blog of a young family doctor who loves to write, and believes passionately in the tradition of primary care, in which doctors build lasting relationships with patients whom they know and respect as people. In the Examining Room of Dr. Charles combines these two interests into a weblog that gives a fascinating first-hand look at the joys and challenges of being a working physician. Head to The Examining Room for literary essays about interactions between doctors and their patients.
Categories: Policy & Politics, Culture Wars
Chris Mooney is the Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and a senior correspondent for the American Prospect. He focuses on issues at the intersection of science and politics, and is author of the book The Republican War on Science. Chris was born in Mesa, Arizona, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana; he graduated from Yale University in 1999, where he wrote a column for the Yale Daily News. Before becoming a freelance writer, Chris worked for two years at The American Prospect as a writing fellow, then staff writer, then online editor (where he helped to create the popular blog Tapped). Chris has contributed to a variety of other publications including Wired, New Scientist, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, Legal Affairs, Reason, The American Scholar, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. Chris speaks regularly at academic meetings, bookstores, university campuses, and other events. He has appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, CSPAN’s Book TV, Fresh Air With Terry Gross, NPR’s Science Friday, and The Al Franken Show.
Island of Doubt
Categories: Culture Wars, Biology
The Island of Doubt is populated by James Hryshnyn, a freelance science journalist born and raised in Canada, but now making his home in western North Carolina. He holds degrees in journalism, from Carleton University in Ottawa, and marine biology, from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He spent four years as a member of Canada’s Parliamentary Press Gallery, and will gladly accept any writing assignment involving exposure to seawater. The Island of Doubt serves as a respectful venting platform for opinions regarding the use and abuse of the scientific method, with particular attention paid to skepticism in all its forms.