Books

Science Blogging: The Essential Guide

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Here is the essential how-to guide for communicating scientific research and discoveries online, ideal for journalists, researchers, and public information officers looking to reach a wide lay audience. Drawing on the cumulative experience of twenty-seven of the greatest minds in scientific communication, this invaluable handbook targets the specific questions and concerns of the scientific community, offering help in a wide range of digital areas, including blogging, creating podcasts, tweeting, and more. With step-by-step guidance and one-stop expertise, this is the book every scientist, science writer, and practitioner needs to approach the Wild West of the Web with knowledge and confidence.

“This collection of essays and tips, wisdom and insight on science blogging should be considered a must-read. From its all-star editors to its remarkable contributors, Science Blogging: The Essential Guide offers a range of information suited to everyone from those curious about starting a blog to practitioners looking for ways to improve. The word ‘essential’ is often overused but in this case, it suits perfectly.”
—Deborah Blum, Director of Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT Pulitzer-Prize winning author

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The Open Laboratory 2013
Open-Lab-2013-BC-blue-iPHONEShowcasing dozens of the most provocative, original, and significant online essays from 2012, The Best Science Writing Online 2013 challenges the way we think about science and science writing — from plants in pain to when hyenas give up garbage, from the smell of death to the culture of innocence. Featuring noted authors and journalists as well as the brightest up-and-comers writing online today, this collection provides a comprehensive look at the fascinating, innovative, and trailblazing scientific achievements and breakthroughs of 2012, along with elegant and thoughtprovoking new takes on favorite topics. The seventh anthology in the series was edited by Scott Huler.

My article Hyenas Give Up Eating Garbage for Lent, Hunt Donkeys Instead was included! For more info, or to purchase: click here.

The Best Science Writing Online 2012
Showcasing more than fifty of the most provocative, original, and significant online essays from 2011, The Best Science Writing Online 2012 will change the way we think about science— from fluids to fungi, poisons to pirates. Featuring noted authors and journalists as well as the brightest up-and-comers writing today, this collection provides a comprehensive look at the fascinating, innovative, and trailblazing scientific achievements and breakthroughs of 2011, along with elegant and thought provoking new takes on favorite topics. This is the sixth anthology of online essays edited by Bora Zivkovic, the blogs editor at Scientific American, and with each new edition, Zivkovic expands his fan base and creates a surge of excitement about upcoming compilations. Now everyone’s favorite collection will reach new horizons and even more readers. Guest-edited and with an introduction by the renowned science author and blogger Jennifer Ouellette, The Best Science Writing Online 2012 marries cutting-edge science with dynamic writing that will inspire us all.

I’m honored to have a blog post – Rats, Bees, and Brains: The Death of the “Cognitive Map” – included in the anthology! For more info, or to purchase: click here.

The Open Laboratory 2010: The Best of Science Writing on the Web

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Available in paperback or e-book form.

Praise for Open Lab 2010
“It’s becoming more and more clear — even to those of us in the much-maligned “mainstream media” — that if you want to really know what’s going on in science, you really need to be reading blogs. And Open Lab consistently picks the best of the best blogs. Read it.”
Ivan Oransky, MD, Executive Editor, Reuters Health and Blogger, Embargo Watch and Retraction Watch

“This is the best of the science blogosphere 2010, selected by experts, and features something for anyone and everyone curious about the natural world.”
Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing

“Some of the smartest, best informed, and — yes — most entertaining writing about science today can be found in the vibrant community of science bloggers. Each year The Open Laboratory series performs an invaluable service by pulling together some of the highlights — proof that the best blog posts can and should be savored long after they’ve scrolled off the bottom of the screen.”
Scott Rosenberg, author of Say Everything and Dreaming in Code, and Salon.com cofounder

“The essays and articles featured in the Open Laboratory collections are simply a joy to read, to think about, to discuss, to share. This inspiring project is a true celebration of science and science writing at its best.”
Amanda Moon, Senior Editor, Scientific American at Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“In each post I found honesty, passion, imagination, curiosity and creativity shining through in a way that the disinterested “article mill” of traditional journalism is rarely able to match.”
Al Dove, scientist and blogger, in his review

Media Coverage
USC News: Science Writing for Everyone by Ariel Carpenter.