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Scientia Pro Publica - TOMORROW!

Oct 03 2010 Published by under Blog Carnivals I've Hosted, Blogosphere

I've been horribly remiss in advertising blog carnivals recently, but this one I can't avoid. Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) will return to a weekly schedule (we're getting enough submissions that every 2 weeks is a lot of work, and there are enough for one week). I was too close when she made this decision, so I was saddled with writing it. It'll be up tomorrow on my other blog, Deep Thoughts and Silliness.
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Scientia Pro Publica 21: Darwin's 201st Birthday Edition

Feb 16 2010 Published by under Blog Carnivals I've Hosted

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Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

Welcome to the 21st edition of Scientia Pro Publica, the blog carnival devoted to nurturing and encouraging an online community of blog writers who communicate with the public about science, environment and medicine. Since it was the 201st anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, I think it is important to mention that writing about science for the public has historical precedent: Darwin and other scientists of yore wrote extensively about their ideas for the public. In this blog carnival, you'll find plenty of scientists, doctors and others who are continuing this grand tradition by writing about their work and ideas for you.
I am excitement about the high quality writing in the numerous submissions (54, to be exact) that I received. That said, I was also astonished at how few of these essays had any comments -- most of them had none at all! All of these authors are writing for free. Most of them are writing because there is something special they wish to communicate with the public. So I want to make it a group project where every one of us -- yes, this means YOU, dear readers -- make an effort to leave a comment on at least one of these essays that I've linked here. Let the author know if their writing resonated with you; what did they do well? What could they have explained better? You, as members of the public, are both audience and teachers -- let's make sure that we provide these writers with some encouragement and feedback!

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Scientia Pro Publica 13: Nobel Prize Edition

Oct 05 2009 Published by under Blog Carnivals I've Hosted

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Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

As you know, the first full week of October is Nobel Prize week, the week when new discoveries and innovations that benefit humanity are celebrated on the worldwide stage. In short, this is the one week of the year when scientists get to be international "rock stars"! So in honor of the Nobels, I think it is appropriate to celebrate science by focusing on those who write about science, nature, medicine and technology for the public. The only blog carnival that does this is Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People). I hope you enjoy this collection of essays and that you are encouraged to submit essays as you read your way through the blogosphere during the next couple weeks.

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Scientia Pro Publica 10, The Science, Nature and Medicine Blog Carnival

Aug 19 2009 Published by under Blog Carnivals I've Hosted

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Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

The summer has caused the carnival contributions to be reduced to a minimal number, but as always, all of the contributions are valuable and interesting reading. I am sure that the number of submissions will increase as soon as school begins soon.

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I and the Bird, 101

May 28 2009 Published by under Birding, Blog Carnivals I've Hosted

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Welcome to Birds seen on the other side of the Century Mark!

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Scientia Pro Publica 2, The Science, Nature and Medicine Blog Carnival

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Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

This is only the second issue of Scientia Pro Publica, but I am so pleased with its progress so far. Not only are friends and colleagues contributing their essays to this blog carnival, but there is an impressive influx of "new blood", too. Together, all of us are helping to promote the value of communicating science, nature and medicine to the public. Keep up the good work, everyone!

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Scientia Pro Publica 1, The Science, Nature and Medicine Blog Carnival

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Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

Since Tangled Bank has gone the way of the Dodo (Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker -- insert the name of your favorite extinct species here) and will probably never be seen again, despite promises to the contrary, there is a huge hole in the science writing blogosphere. A hole that must be filled. So I am proposing to do just that by starting a new science blog carnival, Scientia Pro Publica, which provides a public platform that celebrates the best science writing for the public that has been published recently in the blogosphere, just as Tangled Bank has done for years.
So without further ado, here's the latest installment of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People):

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Circus of the Spineless 37, A Blog Carnival for Invertebrates

Apr 06 2009 Published by under Blog Carnivals I've Hosted, Invertebrates

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Welcome to Circus of the Spineless! This is the migratory blog carnival that specializes in all things spineless, and the contributions that you'll find here range from essays and photoessays, to photographs with some accompanying explanatory text and even a few videos. This blog carnival has seen some scary times in its recent past where it almost went extinct, but thanks to some friends of mine who are much more expert in spineless things, it was revived after I made a bunch of noise about this impending loss to the blogosphere. I have enjoyed tremendous support from several readers, most especially Vicky, to whom I am sending three Bronx Cheers, who have helped scour the intertubes in search of appropriate contributions for this edition of the Circus of the Spineless. I have tried to include no more than two entries from any one blog, but you will find that I broke that rule several times, but I trust that you will agree with me that the extra contributions I included were worth it.
So without further ado, here's the latest installment of Circus of the Spineless:

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Encephalon 60, A Neuroscience Blog Carnival

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The last frontier: The brain.
Image: Orphaned. Contact me so I can provide credit and linkage.

Welcome to Encephalon! This is the blogosphere's neuroscience blog carnival that focuses specifically upon the brain, neuroscience, perception and behavior. If you sent me an essay or video about the brain and its relationship to behavior, perception, cognition, or learning, then it is included here! Also, please accept my sincerest apologies for the one day delay in publishing Encephalon: a police action in the public library where I was working interrupted my neural and cognitive processes. You will be relieved to know that this interruption has sufficiently angered me as to be the impetus for an upcoming blog entry!
So without further ado, here's the latest installment of Encephalon:

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I and the Bird 69, A Blog Carnival Devoted to Birds

Feb 21 2008 Published by under Birding, Blog Carnivals I've Hosted, Ornithology


The Oblivious Birder.
Jeff created this photo for use in a recent keynote address given at the Spacecoast Bird & Wildlife Fest. Clearly this was tongue in cheek as the birder is completely unaware of the oncoming traffic. However, when he gave the example all admitted that they had seen someone on past field trips where folks had to be asked to get out of the road to allow traffic to pass! He also used this photo as a segue into his look at "birder fashion"!
Image: Jeff Bouton [larger size].

Below the fold is the latest installment of the blog carnival, I and the Bird. I have arranged the contributions into topical categories that will likely make a lot of sense to anyone who regularly reads my own weekly bird publication, Birds in the News.
Since I have been employed as a professor from time to time, I like to write quizzes (although, I do hate to grade them, but nevermind that part). So I promised that I would give away a few books as prizes to those of you who correctly answer questions about this blog carnival. I wrote one question per entry. Those questions can be seen at the end of the carnival, and I will accept answers in email, in the order that the questions were posed -- it's probably best to copy and paste the entire list into an email message and include your answers after each question so I don't get too confused.
The prize books are free and you can choose which one you want unless someone else has already beaten you to that particular title. The postage is also free, although I think it would be mighty kind of you if you chipped in a few dollars (see the PayPal button on the left?) to cover my shipping costs if you do win a book.

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