Scientia Pro Publica Needs Your Writing!

Aug 12 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

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Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

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

I've been rather preoccupied so I have not been promoting Scientia Pro Publica as I should be doing. So here's the most recent edition; "Scientia Pro Publica 36", published by Akshat at his newly named and migrated blog, The Allotrope. Let's all head out to Akshat's blog to read the carnival and leave some warm fuzzies in the comments thread, then read the linked essays and leave your comments on at least one of those essays, either telling those authors what they did well, or making suggestions for improvements in their writing. Remember, the purpose of this blog carnival is to build a community of people who write and who read about science -- as a reader, you are the experts as to what works best!
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Carnival of Evolution

Apr 03 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

The 22nd edition of the Carnival of Evolution has been published at Beetles in the Bush, and it includes several pieces that I wrote! So be sure to go there, read, enjoy and -- most important of all -- provide feedback to the blog writers who spend their precious free time reading and writing about cool science so we all can read about it!

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Publish or Perish: A Brief Review of Unsuccessful Attempts to Treat Writer's Block

Apr 01 2010 Published by under Journal Club

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This post was chosen as an Editor's Selection for ResearchBlogging.org

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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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At Long Last: A Little Good News

May 15 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

I have been pinching myself for the past three weeks for two reasons: first I have good news to share with you and second, I was afraid that my good news was a dream that I'd awaken from.

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OpenLab2008: It's Now Available!

Mar 05 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

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Great news: as of today, Open Lab 2008 is now available for you to read and enjoy! My regular readers are aware that once again, one of my pieces was accepted in this year's OpenLab -- quite an honor since there are only three other people whose essays have managed to be included in all three volumes of OpenLab! Even more astonishing, only 50 essays, one poem and one cartoon were chosen from the more than 830 submissions to OpenLab2008.

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African Diaries: Sketches & Observations

Feb 27 2009 Published by under Art & Photography, Book Review, Zoology

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I love art, birds and travel, and because Africa has such a huge variety of exotic wildlife that I've only ever seen in zoos and aviaries, it is high on my list of places to visit. Recently, David G. Derrick, Jr., the author of a new book that combines art and African wildlife into an unusual diary format, asked if I would like to read and review his new book, African Diaries: Sketches & Observations (self-published, 2008).

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Talking About Birds .. I have my own Column in the ASA Avicultural Bulletin

Oct 28 2008 Published by under Uncategorized

I have an announcement and a request for your assistance. First, I have been offered my own column in the Avicultural Society of America Avicultural Bulletin and because I am a perpetual blabbermouth when it comes to birds and science, I accepted. Yay, me! However, I have a dilemma that perhaps you can help with: I need a name for this column.

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Learn about Science Blog Writing at my Upcoming Apple Store Appearance on 1 October

Sep 25 2008 Published by under Uncategorized

I thought I'd mention the upcoming Science Blog writing discussion that is scheduled for Tuesday, 1 October, at Manhattan's Apple Store in Soho. This isa panel that will discuss the value of a blog to communicating with the public about one's research. The panel will be moderated by Katherine Sharpe and, along with me, includes several of my SciBlings, Jake Young, Jessica Palmer, Steinn Sigurdsson, and Brian Switek.
What: Apple Pro Session panel with ScienceBloggers
Date: Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Time: 7 - 8pm ET
Location: 103 Prince Street [map].
You might also wish to refer to several articles;

  1. Science Blogging for Scientists: Planting the Seed by me [link]
  2. Advancing Science through Conversations: Bridging the Gap between Blogs and the Academy by Shelley A. Batts, Nicholas J. Anthis, Tara C. Smith [PDF]

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Writers From Across the Blogosphere Now Available

Feb 28 2008 Published by under Uncategorized

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The February issue of Writers Across the Blogosphere is now available for you to read. This is probably the largest blog carnival that I contribute to, and it's likely the largest blog carnival out there, too -- and it celebrates good writing! And since having a high quality blog is all about writing well, how can you miss this one?

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