women in science

Category archives for women in science

Love this story Pinnacle for U.S. Swim Coach McKeever, but Don’t Call Her a Pioneer – NYTimes.com. Many women scientists could tell a similar one, I think.

Baboons, breast cancer and blogs.

I was so pleased to have a chance to take part in the Women in Science Symposium at Cornell April 2-3. Thanks to the Cornell faculty and students that put together this wonderful event. For those that could not attend, read the graduate student interviews with the speakers here. Dr. Mary Power is director of…

I am so looking forward to the talks tomorrow. Linda Buck! Sharon Long! Mary-Claire King! and more… Frontiers in the Life Sciences: a Symposium Celebrating Excellence

Bacteria can talk. Yes. Talk. These unicellular, primitive creatures have their own language. They secret chemical words to their environment, where their neighbors can listen, comprehend and react to those messages. This bacterial communication is called quorum sensing (QS). Although the first discoveries in the field of bacterial communication where made more than 40 years…

Jonathan Eisen, scientist and blogger extraordinaire has established a science writing series called “Story behind the paper”. The idea is for authors who have recently published Open Access papers to tell the story behind the paper: what sorts of experiences and experiments led up to the new discovery and how we navigated through the publication…

Merry Mou won first place in the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship. 700 to 900 students participate with their research projects in a variety of categories, including physics, biology, and computer science. Winners are chosen to go on to state and national competitions. Merry Mou won 1st place in Botany in the 2010…

Roxana Robinson, a fiction writer, recently described her writing process in an interview with the New York Times. Writing a story, she said, is “incredibly exhilarating. . . . It’s like doing a cliff dive, the kind that only works when the wave hits just right. You stand on top, poised and fearful, looking at…

Peace on Earth

Happy Holidays from my friends Finn and Gunilla with winter photos of their farm.

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, amongst the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life”. Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, 1962 “We live in a world which is penetrated through and through by science and which is both whole and real. We cannot turn it into a…

How I Became A Science Writer

Ed Yong recently published a post called “On the origin of science writers” asking that science writers (anyone who regularly writes about science) tell the story of how they got started. The idea is to establish a resource for future writers. I joined the thread and have reprinted it here. As far back as I…