Periodic Table of the ScienceBlogs, Part 5: Blogs E-F

Categories: Biology, Academia

RPM has been blogging since November, 2004; he started because he thought the blogosphere needed an entry in evolutionary genetics, the subject in which he's pursuing a PhD. Then he discovered Gene Expression, and realized the blogosphere already had one. Then he found out Gene Expression also had a lot of stuff on psychology and human culture, and once again he felt unique. RPM writes about evolution and genetics. Some of his posts take on a formal tone. Others are laced with sarcasm. Every once in a while he'll write something funny. He tries to stay away from politics on the blog, claiming that if he continues to write about things that very few people care about, his readership will stay low.

Categories: Biology, Culture Wars

Jason Rosenhouse received his PhD in mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2000. He subsequently spent three years as a post-doc at Kansas State University. Observing the machinations of the Kansas Board of Education led to his unhealthy obsession with issues related to evolution and creationism, which take up much of the real estate on EvolutionBlog. Currently Jason is an assistant professor of mathematics at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA.

Evolving Thoughts
Categories: Biology, Philosophy of Science

John Wilkins is an aged, eternal student, who thinks philosophy of biology is at least as interesting as politics or sport and twice as important. He has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland, in Australia. After a varied career, involving factories, gardening, civil service, publishing, graphics, and public relations but not, unfortunately for the CV, driving a truck, John finally completed his thesis on species concepts, which he is working into a book. He is also interested in cultural evolution, philosophy of religion, Macintosh computers and his family. Evolving Thoughts is John's random associations and asseverations about evolution, chocolate, antiscience, history, politics and the state of television programming, among other things.

The Frontal Cortex
Categories: Brain & Behavior

Jonah Lehrer graduated from Columbia University with a degree in neuroscience, and spent four years working as a tech in the lab of Eric Kandel. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, where he studied 20th Century Literature and Theology. He lives in Concord, NH, in a home he and his girlfriend share with a cockatiel and an African grey parrot, and he writes regularly for Seed magazine. On The Frontal Cortex, Jonah explores his interest in neuroscience and culture, and all the different ways they intersect.

Framing Science
Categories: Philosophy of Science, Policy & Politics

Matthew Nisbet is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University in Columbus. His research on the interplay among science, media, and politics appears in the journals Communication Research, the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Science Communication. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as Public Relations Director for CSICOP. Framing Science tracks how political strategists, scientists, and the news media selectively define science in ways that shape policy decisions, public opinion, and political culture. He applies "framing analysis," a useful invention of the social sciences, to understand the social meanings behind technical controversies.


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