Culture of Science

“We require a common culture in which science is an essential component.
Otherwise we shall never see the possibilities, either for evil or good.”

~ C.P. Snow

Culture of Science is a forum to explore all sorts of topics, but the primary focus is the interdisciplinary nature of understanding our world. For example, if we aspire to protect biodiversity, we must address social issues. Boosting fisheries requires economics. Tackling our tremendous energy problem involves a great deal of policy. That’s what this blog is all about: people, science, decision-making, and more. It’s where seemingly unrelated fields overlap, boundaries blur, and practical solutions are sought.

For those new to my writing, a bit of background: In graduate school at the University of Maine, I studied very charismatic sea cucumber while working with fishermen and the state government to implement sound management institutions. The following year I served as a legislative science fellow for Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) covering oceans, energy, and environmental policy. Next I moved to Durham, NC, to work on the science-policy nexus at Duke. That’s where I met my husband, David Lowry, who is an extraordinary evolutionary plant geneticist (I may be biased, but it’s also true). Now we’re both at the University of Texas at Austin where I’m a research scientist at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in The Webber Energy Group.

Somewhere along the way I started blogging, which eventually taught me a lot about writing. In 2009, Chris Mooney and I co-authored Unscientific America about the growing divide between science and the American public. The Science of Kissing came out in 2011, which explores a near universal behavior through a variety of lenses from anthropology to neuroscience. (For more information, you can read a full bio on my website).

In other words, I don’t quite fit into any traditional academic category, but reside in the space between science, policy, and culture. It’s from this vantage point that I develop ideas, and some of these make their way into the blogosphere where I’ve been contributing for six years. This blog has existed in some form at Scienceblogs, Discover, Wired, and Scientific American – where I currently contribute to Plugged In. Culture of Science is an archive of posts since 2006.

 

2 Responses to “Culture of Science”

  1. JD September 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I always thought there was a place for scientist in the areas you are involved in. I’ve watched over the years as decisions on policy are made based on misguided views with little data to support them. At the same time I am not of the personality type to take this on as you have done. I am glad there are people like you trying to make change happen on a broader scale. I try with my immediate friends and family to educate the and to think critically. I came across you on google plus.

  2. Jashoda July 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I found your blog via the water crisis post you wrote for NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos & Culture Blog. I especially loved the last section where you provide a simple proposal regarding what we can do to address the issues. As I explore more about my passion for researching, synthesizing and sharing wisdom of water conservation I will keep your posts in my toolkit for simple scientifically relevant references. Thank you for leading the way!

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