Why I Dropped Out of My Science Writing Grad Program

“Should I go to science journalism grad school?” I’ve been asking myself that question since my junior year of undergrad, and I asked myself  every day I spent MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. In fact, I’m still asking myself that question. Hi. My name is Diana Crow, and I’m a science writing grad school …

Gaia Theory, “Irresponsible Heroes”, & Why We’re Like Cyanobacteria- Recap of talk by Dr. Andrew Knoll & Dr. David Grinspoon

The Talk: “Planetary Changes from Deep Time to the 4th Kind” In Plain English: Life doesn’t just adapt to geochemical features; it transforms them simply by…living. The Speaker: Andrew Knoll of Harvard and David Grinspoon of the Planetary Science Institute The Sponsor: Planet and Life Series, sponsored by MIT Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences dept. …

How do you translate neuroscience into education?

The Talk: Storming the Ivory Tower: Why autism interventions don’t work as they should in the community and what to do about it In Plain English: Autism treatments & management techniques that succeed in neuroscience labs often fail in public schools. (And we really, really need to figure out why…) The Speaker: David Mandell of …

Dawkins’ ideas about cultural memes are what lead me to embrace feminism and social justice (So how did he end up being such an asshole?)

[Trigger Warning: rape, anti-theism, and appropriation of scientific authority by bigots.] Richard Dawkins confounds me. On the one hand, he’s brilliant. On the other hand, he tweets bulls*** like this series of tweets where he tries to argue that “logically” “stranger rape” is worse than “date rape”, but saying that “stranger rape” is worse is …

On temporary hiatus (because I’m settling in at my new Scientista gig)

June 2014 has been a whirlwind month for me. I went to my first hackathon, my first major science writing conference, and landed a role as co-editor-in-chief of the Scientista Foundation website. I’ve been taking some time off from blogging to focus on freelancing and the upcoming redesign of the Scientista website, but don’t worry. …

Boston & Cambridge Biology Talks: June 2nd through June 8th

Every week, I compile a list of biology-related talks at the universities and museums around the Boston Metro Area. A pdf of this week’s complete list can be found here. (PDF includes links to event details.) This week I added a new section called “Out of Town But Intriguing” that includes talks at colleges outside …

Top 23 One-Liners from a Panel Discussion that Gave Me a Crazy Idea

This past Saturday, I got to listen in on an all-star panel sponsored by the Future of Life Institute on the potential risks and benefits of technologies like artificial intelligence, personal genetics, and automated factories. We heard from George Church, one of the world’s best-known synthetic biologists, on the future of bioengineering; Ting Wu, director …

Boston & Cambridge Biology Talks: May 26th through June 1st

Photo Courtesy of Bill Damon via Flickr/Creative Commons

Every week, I compile a list of biology-related talks at the universities and museums around the Boston Metro Area. A pdf of this week’s complete list can be found here. (PDF includes links to event details.) There aren’t very many talks this week, because almost everybody is busy graduating and/or being on summer break, but …

Why I Said “ASAN isn’t perfect” (aka “Building an Interdisciplinary Dialogue between Neuroscientists, Psychiatrists, Parents, and Autism Advocates is really hard work”)

Part I: Why I’m Writing This Post Last week’s post about ASAN’s statement against the Combating Autism Act shattered the record for page views on this site. I was kind of overwhelmed by how many people who had never met me, many of whom were autistic themselves, reblogged my post and thanked me for writing …