Periodic Table of the ScienceBlogs, Part 10: Blogs S-W

Categories: Planet Earth, Policy & Politics

William Connolley lives in Coton, UK, and works at the British Antarctic Survey as a climate modeller. In a former life he was a mathematician at SEH. He specializes in climate change in general and Antarctica in particular. He describes himself as a long-haired, sandal-wearing, weird non-conformist dedicated to staunchly defending the science on climate change--armed with logic, facts, and reasoned arguments mostly. The stoat (Mustela erminea) is a small mammal also known as the ermine. The fur of its winter coat is associated with royalty, and the live animal was regarded as a symbol of purity in Europe.

Terra Sigillata
Categories: Medicine, Academia

Abel Pharmboy is the pseudonym of a miraculously still-funded PhD biomedical researcher. His blogging name was selected in honor of Dr John Jacob Abel, the American father of pharmacology. Terra Sigillata aims to provide an objective source for science-based information and discussion on dietary supplements, herbal medicines, prescription, and OTC medicines derived from natural products, including general musings on medicines from the Earth. The site disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine issues that is driven by scientific fact rather than the marketing of products or celebrity. Terra Sigillata respects the fact that science and medicine are not the sole property of Western cultures, and strives to discuss the scientific bases for folkloric healing and disease prevention. Dr Pharmboy resides in the Southeastern US with his favorite wife, PharmGirl, MD, and their daughter, PharmPreSchooler.

Thoughts From Kansas
Categories: Biology, Culture Wars

Thoughts from Kansas is written by a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas. The culture wars in Kansas and elsewhere have shown the borders between biology and politics to be terribly porous, and the importance of bringing together people from different backgrounds has been key to keeping science in schools. Whether discussing science, politics, culture, or the intersections of all three, the goal is to integrate ideas and find ways for people to agree.

Thus Spake Zuska
Categories: Academia, Philosophy of Science

Zuska, Goddess of Science, Empress of Engineering, and Avenging Angel of Angry Women, will tell you what everyone is thinking but is afraid to say. Zuska offers the web's most excellent and informative rants on the intransigent refusal of engineering and science to open their doors to anyone but white males. She verbally bludgeons morons, celebrates the fabulousness of techie women, and encourages every female to release her Inner Pissed-Off Woman.

Uncertain Principles
Categories: Physical Science, Academia

Chad Orzel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He writes about the trials, tribulations, and joys of life as a physicist on the tenure track at a small liberal arts college. He also covers physics, politics, and pop culture, with side trips into other areas that he finds amusing. Uncertain Principles has been in operation since June 2002.

The World's Fair
Categories: Academia, Philosophy of Science

David Ng and Benjamin Cohen blog together about the intersection of science and the humanities, the adventures in becoming a science writer, science education and communication, and science-related silliness that catches their fancy.

David supervises the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he trains scientists in his area of expertise (immunology), and also educates the public on the social, cultural, economic, and ethical nuances of the sciences in general, and the life sciences in particular. He has been published in venues ranging from McSweeney's, Maisonneuve, and Seed, to the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Methods in Molecular Biology. He also runs the literary science writing website The Science Creative Quarterly. David lives in Vancouver with his wife and their two children.

Benjamin is an assistant professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. His work threads together environmental studies, history, sociology, philosophy of science, and literary cultural studies. He also has a degree in chemical engineering, though he generally doesn't announce that without prodding. Besides publishing in academic journals, he writes science nonfiction for McSweeney's and The Believer. Benjamin lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and two children. His favorite author is Herman Hesse, and he once built a really nice shed.

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