Farewell to Effect Measure, Hello to The Pump Handle

As one clever commenter at Effect Measure's farewell post observed, the past tense of Revere is "Revered." And while we're sad to see one of the longest running ScienceBloggers go, Revere's departure is matched with the arrival of The Pump Handle, fantastic public health group blog, principally maintained by George Washington University's Liz Borkowski and Celeste Monforton. Their timing is impeccable; as another new recruit has noted, the growing environmental disaster in the gulf coast is also a public health disaster, with a toxic stew of oil and clean-up chemicals coming in contact with not just wildlife, but the thousands of people working hard to contain the spill.

The Pump Handle has plenty more on the human health impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Check out Sequestered Science: Oil Cleanup Workers' Health and Lessons from Exxon Valdez on Worker Health and Safety.

If occupational health and safety is your thing, then you should also check out The Pump Handle's extensive archives on mining (over at their old site, until we finishing updated all of the tags). Celeste is a mining expert who's currently investigating the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. She also served on the Sago mine disaster investigation team and was a go-to person for media organizations covering the science implicated there.

So while it's tough to retire Effect Measure after so many years of dedicated work on public health issues, it's not hard to see why we're excited for its replacement. Orac of Respectful Insolence provides a combination welcome/farewell in a similarly titled post. He brings up an important point that I didn't work into the Buzz write-up: Revere isn't hanging up the old tri-corner just yet, as he'll be occasionally blogging at The Pump Handle.

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