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    Any opinions, findings and conclusions expressed on these blogs and Web sites are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sigma Xi.

    Member Science Blogs

    Courtney Stepien (2008)

    Bio for the Win
    Bio for the Win was launched in Fall of 2012 by a group of ecology and evolution graduate students with the goals of sharing our academic experiences and discoveries with others and providing a window into the life of a modern biologist. Topics include reviews of popular science books and films, summaries of conferences and seminars we attend, updates from students in the field and new discoveries in our discipline. We write about what we are learning, reading and discovering through our research and training because science isn't just for scientists.

    James Giordano (1986)

    Neuroscientist and neuroethicist Prof. James Giordano, Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, VA addresses current developments in neuroscience and neurotechnology, and discusses the ethical, legal and social issues that arise in, and from neuroscientific and neurotechnological research and applications in medicine and public life.

    Prof James Giordano, , Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, VA discusses technical, ethico-legal, and socio-political issues generated in and by research, uses and potential misuses of neuroscience and neurotechnology in national security, intelligence and defense (NSID) agenda and programs.

    Rebecca L. Yeamans (2004)

    The Academic Wino
    The Academic Wino is a blog dedicated to dissecting current research in enology and viticulture, and to provide fascinating insights and thoughts on the current state of research related to wine. The articles reviewed will span nearly every aspect of academia: from enology and viticulture, to effects of wine consumption on personal health, to social and psychological effects, and beyond!

    Stephen Scolnik (1975)

    Science & Society: Weather, Climate, Policy, and Capital from the perspective of over half a century of weather watching

    Patrick Nosker (2010)

    Science: Tech News and Reviews

    Michael E. Smith (2009)

    Wide Urban World
    "Wide Urban World" discusses current research and thinking on cities as viewed from a broad historical and comparative perspective.
    Publishing Archaeology
    This blog covers issues related to scientific and professional publishing in the field of archaeology. Among the issues I emphasize are open access, quality control, and communication with other disciplines.

    Colin Purrington (2000)

    Axis of Evo
    This blog is dedicated to making light of creationists and their tactics. It is also a resource for silly projects like "Charles Darwin Has A Posse" stickers that help promote meaningful science education in young kids.

    Iddo Friedberg (2008)

    Byte Size Biology
    Iddo Friedberg, a professor at Miami University blogging about bioinformatics, genomics, evolution, science culture, science communication... and music.

    Matthew J. Traum (2003)

    I Have The Power
    Matthew J. Traum an energy engineer at the University of North Texas, maintains his blog, “I Have The Power!” with Design News Magazine. Posts include technical commentary, news, and opinions about research, emerging technology, and political and social trends associated with energy engineering.

    Christie Wilcox (2007)

    Observations of a Nerd
    My blog is about anything and everything that piques my interest as a marine and molecular biologist. While I appreciate biology from a purely scientific standpoint, I strongly believe research is useless if you can’t communicate it. With the popularity of blogs and social networking rising every year, I feel it's important to inject science into these platforms, and that's exactly the goal of my site. It seeks to share publications and news in an upbeat and interesting way that anyone, not just other scientists, can understand, with the hopes of inspiring others to like and care about biology and the environment as much as I do.

    Sujit S. Datta (2008)

    This is the blog of a Ph.D. student in physics writing about academia, science, or life in general. I usually write about papers or ideas in condensed matter physics, biological physics, or statistical physics that I think are interesting.

    Stuart Pimm (1972)

    NatGeo News Watch
    I blog for National Geographic Online on biodiversity and conservation issues.

    Carson C. Chow (1990)

    Scientific Clearing House
    I blog about various topics in science, mathematics, and the philosophy of science. In the past, scholars could gather in coffee houses and talk about the latest scientific or mathematical discoveries. The goal of Scientific Clearing House is to provide a venue for such discourse.

    Harold Draper (1980)

    Ecoregions, short for ecological regions, denote areas of general similarity in ecosystems and in the type, quality, and quantity of environmental resources. Currently, I am studying world geography with attention to ecoregions. Each map is accompanied by a description of the environment and selected scientific points of interest.

    Walter K. Dodds (1991)

    Lost Frogs of Panama
    This is a log of my experience with the frog extinctions in Central America. The blog revolves around two research trips to Panama to study the ecological effects of extinction and how I and other scientists deal with the mass extinction of high altitude frogs.

    Alfred B. (Fred) Bortz (1986)

    Science Blog: Science News Straight from the Source
    Physicist, book critic, and young readers' author Alfred B. (Fred) Bortz has an eclectic blog where he calls attention to news items and adds his commentary on a broad range topics that catch his interest. These include global warming, evolution, science education, planetary impacts, superconductivity, and especially books.

    Bruce K. Kirchoff (1981)

    Save the Earth
    Save the Earth is a blog that recognizes that the environmental crisis is a spiritual as well as a natural crisis. Although the blog contains practical suggestions for living a more environmentally sound life, it also delves into subjects such as religion and the environment, and the global money supply. If we are to save the earth we must learn to think about the problem holistically. We need to see the relation between pollution and how the values of currencies are established; between our own inner life and the natural processes we see around us. The blog is intended to help people see these connections.

    Diane Kelly (1990)

    Science Made Cool
    A team effort of biologist Diane Kelly and science fiction author James L. Cambias, Science Made Cool is a blog about science-related topics that strike our fancy, generally revolving around science education, biology, robots, the history of science, and giant rocks from space.
    Miriam Goldstein (2003)
    The Oyster's Garter
    After I got tired of explaining that most marine biologists do not study, pet, swim with, or talk to dolphins, I began blogging about the slimy and salacious side of ocean science at The Oyster's Garter.

    I also blog twice a week for Slate's Double X Magazine. Both blogs feature whatever I find interesting, usually some combination of shiny new science, risque invertebrate action, and geeky fun.

    Kim Hannula (1989)

    All of My Faults are Stress Related
    Kim Hannula is a structural geology professor at a small college in SW Colorado. She blogs about structural geology, tectonics, geoscience education, and life in the American Southwest.

    Yali Friedman (1997)

    BiotechBlog covers commercial, legal, political, and scientific trends in biotechnology

    John J. Dennehy (2008)

    The Evilutionary Biologist
    At Queens Collge of the City University of New York, John Dennehy studies ecology and evolution using bacteriophages as a biological model system. He started this blog to share his passion for Science and to highlight classic experiments in biology.

    M. Pamela Bumsted (1985)

    Grassroots Science (for the Unorganized Borough)
    A basic premise of good science– Just as people must share seal meat and oil to maintain physical and social well-being, so, too, must they share knowledge–so that their minds will not rot. A forum for those in the Unorganized Borough to get the information they need but don't receive from their governments and other institutions; because if not us, who?

    M. Pamela Bumsted (1985)

    Biocultural Science & Management
    Used to host publications, bibliographies, resources for sciencing, and my mottoes, "Stable carbon isotopes do not date but nevertheless lead full lives."

    W.R. "Bill" Klemm (1963)

    Thank You Brain
    Texas A&M University neuroscientist Bill Klemm’s blog reflects his views on learning and memory. It was created to update his book, Thank You Brain for All You Remember, on what science reveals about improving everyday memory. It features summaries of research reports that have practical applications.

    Jon Moulton (1994)

    Jon's Morpholino Musings
    In this blog I report new applications and innovative techniques using Morpholino antisense oligos. The most typical entry consists of a citation and notes on the Morpholino techniques used in the paper. I also discuss the ongoing development of Morpholinos as therapeutics.

    Zen Faulkes (2004)

    Marbled Crayfish News and Views
    This blog contains news and views on Marmorkrebs, a parthenogenetic crayfish that is an merging model organism. Featured in The Open Laboratory 2009: The Best In Science Writing On Blogs 2008.

    Neurodojo Train Your Brain
    This blog contains essays on evolution, neurobiology, scepticism, and science in Texas.

    Better Posters: A Resource for Improving Poster Presentations
    This blog is a resource for scientific poster presentations. It discusses poster design elements such as typography and layout, and features poster critiques.

    Chad Orzel (1993)

    Uncertain Principles
    Features miscellaneous ramblings of a physicist at a small liberal arts college. Physics, politics, pop culture, and occasional conversations with the dog.

    Heather Etchevers (1992)

    A Developing Passion
    Posted on Nature Network I blog about my real-time experiences as a moderately early-stage developmental biologist, and whatever else crosses my fancy, but often revolving around aspects of expatriate and family life.

    Moselio Schaechter (1951)

    Small Things Considered: The Microbes Blog
    With a colleague, Merry Youle, we have run, since 2006, a microbiology blog sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, "Small Things Considered." Its purpose is to share our appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on this planet.

    Dave Rentz (1966)

    My blog deals with natural history topics in the tropical rainforest around Kuranda, Queensland, Australia.

    Ian Bradley (1980)

    Fostering Development at Work
    My blog is related to psychological solutions to problems in management. I hope it is interesting as it addresses issues concerning leaderships, decision-making and creativity -all things relevant to the labs of real scientists.

    Hongyi Wang (2004)

    Everything about Click Chemistry
    Chemistry is the Central Science. Let Click Chemistry be the entry.


    Member Science Web Sites

    Don Norman (1962)

    My website contains essays and excerpts from my books and recommended readings in science and technology, but mostly about the science of design; human-centered design, which combines knowledge of the social sciences with technology.

    Peter Kutchukian (2003)

    "Nanohedron exhibits scientific images, with a focus on images depicting nanoscale objects. The works range from electron microscopy images of nanoscale materials to graphical renderings of molecules. Scientific images lying outside the realm of nanoscience such as algrorithmic art or confocal microscopy images of cells are also displayed. Select images are periodically displayed at the Boston Museum of Science."

    Alfred B. (Fred) Bortz (1986)

    Dr. Fred's Place and The Science Shelf
    Physicist, book critic, and young readers' author Alfred B. (Fred) Bortz maintains two web sites related to the two major areas of his writing. Dr. Fred's Place features his books and presentations for young readers plus a set of "Ask Dr. Fred" questions, including the very popular "Why Isn't Pluto a Planet Anymore?" The Science Shelf is an archive of his published book reviews (more than 100 since 1999) plus a few "guest reviews" of science books by other contributors.

    Bassam Z. Shakhashiri (1965)

    Science is Fun
    The master of chemical demonstrations and science policy advocate, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, shares the fun of science through home science activities, public presentations, scholarship, and other programs of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy.

    Jeffrey Levinton (1969)

    Marine Biology Web
    This is a series of essays about marine biology careers, movie reviews, marine biology subjects, and a variety of links about marine biology.

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