Enjoying the Moment

A few months ago I wrote about anticipating two big changes in my life: the arrival of my baby and a new professional direction. I’m happy to say that my daughter arrived healthy and happy. But the scope of the professional change was bigger than I anticipated — I landed an exciting new job as … Continue reading

A Surreal Moment

I’m 40 weeks into my pregnancy. My due date is Friday. At the moment, I’m sitting is a cafe working on my netbook, logged into my work network over the VPN, and sending out emails at a lightening-fast  pace to stakeholders and co-workers about website and content management projects. I want to finish up some … Continue reading

Riding the Wave of Change

These past few months have been both exciting and exhausting. Change is approaching like a giant swell on the ocean — the momentum is building. At first glance, the enormity of it is overwhelming. But it’s all positive. The best way to handle it? As the band, Superchunk, puts it: stop swimming and learn to … Continue reading

Avoiding the Temptation to Use Jargon

For science writers, this guideline is almost universal: don’t use jargon. But using jargon is an easy crutch when trying to describe something that’s complicated. It’s tempting to use one word to describe a scientific concept, rather than search for a jumble of general terms (that have the caveat of being inaccurate or misleading) to … Continue reading

Discovering Open Science

A topic that has captured my interest this past month is “open science,” a movement that promotes collaboration among scientists on research questions by using digital tools, such as open source software and blogs. In my opinion, right now is an exciting time to be a science communicator. We’re heading into a golden age of … Continue reading

How Soon Do We Start Yawning?

Yawing is a universal sign for sleepiness and boredom. Yawns are also contagious — observing a person yawn creates an empathetic chain reaction in others. In general, researchers believe that yawning is an arousal mechanism. Some theories suggest that yawns flush carbon dioxide out of our bodies, and others that yawning cools the brain. Some … Continue reading

What is the Appeal of Science Writing?

At the risk of sounding cliché, this question came to me in a dream last night. I’ll spare you all of the wacky details surrounding the key question. In summary, I was attending a panel discussion featuring a successful bearded and bespectacled science writer (no one in particular, perhaps a composite of writers who inhabit … Continue reading

Science Q&A

I’ve spent the past few weeks deciding what the focus of my new blog should be. I knew I wanted to write about science. I also wanted it to have a broad appeal that relates to my community in Seattle, WA. At first I thought that I would blog about the latest science topics and … Continue reading