Category Science/medical journalism

How to promote a science blogging network at a national scientific meeting

Bora Zivkovic, DrugMonkey, and I have been really impressed by this idea by the online folks over at the American Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News. This week, their blog network, CENtral Science, has been promoting their presence at the upcoming national ACS meeting in Boston. Folks may not know this but ACS is the […]

Congratulations to Anton Zuiker on 10 years of blogging!

Anton Zuiker, author of the mistersugar blog, posted Friday on the occasion of his 10th anniversary of blogging. Here was my comment: Congratulations, Anton! Your love for a good story and selfless innovative thinking about community infected me five years ago and I consider myself extremely enriched by having you in my real and online […]

What’s my poison? Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, author, professor Deborah Blum

Her latest book, The Poisoner’s Handbook, appeals to my love of chemistry, toxicology, and the history of science and medicine. And now she’s here at ScienceBlogs!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: NOT just for scientists

“Skloot’s book is so much more than a medical history text … she became immersed in black Southern culture, slowly earned the trust of the Lacks family, and shared in the joys, frustrations, and pain still shared by black families across the South today. What is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks really about? Science, African American culture and religion, intellectual property of human tissues, Southern history, medical ethics, civil rights, the overselling of medical advances? The difficulty in defining the book is also what makes so appealing to academics in both the arts and sciences.”

Paul Offit, Amy Wallace, and Conde Nast being sued by anti-vaccinationist

A time-worn attempt to silence or intimidate those who speak out against individuals and organizations that threaten public health when the science fails to fall in their favor.

A. Thomas McLellan, Deputy Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy

With a son lost to drugs and another still in treatment: “If it has to happen, better it happens to me, I’m an expert, right?” Dr. McLellan said. “I didn’t know what to do and none of my buddies knew what to do, and let me tell you they were experts. So I said, ‘What the hell are we doing?’ ”

Revere(s) on pseudonymous vs. anonymous blogging

No, this is not the same old beaten horse.

Wired posts Amy Wallace love/hate mail compiled from Twitter feed

What we are witnessing is an interesting convergence of the scientific blogosphere seizing upon a superb work by a “traditional” journalist to contribute to a firestorm of attention that has more vocal members of the anti-vaccination movement showing their true colors and being roundly called to the carpet.

When critics disagree with me, I’m a Pharma Shill. When critics disagree with a woman, it gets sexual.

Amy Wallace has committed the sin of 1) being a female professional and 2) questioning a vocal and vitriolic pseudoscience demographic.

Amy Wallace in Wired on Dr Paul Offit and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: Superb, Engaging Science Journalism

The combination of scientific validity, an engaging writing style, and historical/psychological commentary on pseudoscience comes together to create an unexpected win from a writer who has historically focused on the entertainment industry. An example of what science journalism can be.

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