Hello! I know I’ve been absent from this blog for awhile now, but that is partly because I have been working on a new blog for Popular Science’s brand new blog network. It launched today. I’ll occasionally update my WordPress space, too, but for a regular fix visit the new blog– Our Modern Plagues— for weekly posts.
This is Lorenzo, my dog, striking a ridiculous pose on my couch. A few weeks ago, I told a story about Lorenzo and his bout with heartworm at The Story Collider, a science-themed storytelling event in New York. It was the first time I’ve told a story live on stage and it was both thrilling and terrifying. It was also three days before my wedding, which lent a new level of excitement (read: craziness) to an already big week. Now, […]
My Kickstarter ended yesterday: Funded! I’m excited and relieved at the outcome and look forward to my next research trips. Yesterday, I booked my flight and hotel for the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting, which will include a host of papers and symposia on bed bugs. That trip, and the others I have lined up for this year and next, would not have been possible without the Kickstarter funding. This was my first Kickstarter. It’s been interesting watching the […]
Just one week left on my Kickstarter project. My goal is to raise $5,000 to help fund travel for my book. With the money, I’ll visit research labs where they study bed bugs, people’s homes where they have bed bugs and I’ll also trace the footsteps (or some of them) of an entomologist who crisscrossed the world in the 1950s and 1960s to find bed bugs and related species to study. I’m over 80% there. Click the bed bug to […]
A week from tomorrow I’ll be on The Story Collider, a live storytelling event featuring personal stories about science. Five other storytellers and I will be performing stories about animals. Click here to learn more and to buy tickets!
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Oslo, Norway on a journalism fellowship to attend the Kavli Prize (disclosure: the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Ministry of Research and Education funded my trip, as well as the trips of seven other journalism fellows. We were independently selected by the World Federation of Science Journalists). We attended the Kavli celebration, related laureate lectures, a forum on global health, and a press conference. We were also able to interact with the laureates […]
This week, I’m in Kyoto, Japan to attend the 2011 Kyoto Prize festivities and lectures, as well as to interview two of the laureates. The above photo is from last night’s presentation ceremony, which took place in the Kyoto International Conference Center, a cavernous hall that looks like an AT-AT walker bunker iced in flowers and traditional Japanese art (quite surreal, really). The Kyoto Prize is an international award with three main categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Science and Arts/Philosophy. The categories are […]