Some of the best writing about science can be found in the blogosphere, where scientists, science communicators and science enthusiasts share their discoveries, their curiosity and their passion for science. Top science magazines, from Discover and Scientific American to National Geographic, host entire virtual salons of smart, skillful science bloggers (see links to the right). Some of them are working scientists; all of them are top-notch science communicators. Here’s a sampling of some outstanding science blogging:
What science blogs are you reading? Feel free to suggest more in the comments! And if you aren’t reading any, why not?
Scientist at Work is a New York Times group blog, showcasing the writing of scientists from many disciplines. The Times calls it “… the modern version of a field journal, a place for reports on the daily progress of scientific expeditions — adventures, misadventures, discoveries.”
Reports range from the lyrical writing of Mary E. Blair, a postdoc at the American Musem of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, as she strives to understand the life history and genetic diversity of the slow loris, to Jeff Opperman, a senior freshwater scientist with the Nature Conservancy, describing his once-in-a-lifetime trip down Southeast Asia’s Mekong River with his wife and two children, ages 8 and 10.
Well worth reading and following if you’re looking for examples of how scientists can use blog to lend their personal voices to the work they do, and to express the sense of gee-whiz wonder that can come with the practice of science.
Check the latest episode of the Geek Whisperers podcast for an interview with Rakesh Bharania, who works as part of the Cisco Tactical Operations team. The team’s main job in emergencies is to help get large-scale communication and network systems back online when natural or man-made disaster strikes – but they also use a well-developed, coordinated social media strategy to help disseminate crisis information, rumor control and emergency coordination.
How might organizations such as Sea Grant, which have people on or close to the scene of coastal disasters & emergencies, develop our own strategies for using social media and similar tools to broaden our effectiveness in times of crisis?