Scientific American: Anti-Obesity Is Not The New Homophobia

My latest post for the Scientific American Guest Blog is up. It’s a response to an article at Salon that promotes some dangerous ideas about obesity by equating anti-obesity sentiments to homophobia, and downplaying the medical risks of obesity. As someone with weight problems, I thought it was important to publicly disagree with what was said in the Salon article. If you’d like to weigh in (pun intended) on the subject, the article can be found here: “Anti-Obesity Is Not The New...

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Scientific American, Scientific Arabian

I recently realized in my father-for-a-second-time daze that I’d neglected to mention my most recent guest blog post at Scientific American, entitled Scientific Arabian: Revolutions Then and Now. This article hews close to one of my motivations as a writer – to increase an awareness of the Arab world’s contributions to science in Western audiences. As a high school student,  I can’t recall a single instance where a teacher made any mention of the Arab world’s contributions to science. I DO recall learning about Avveroes and Avicenna in college, who I’d...

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Stupefied Again

Two weeks ago I found myself Stupefied by my mailbox. Contained within its dark innards was a single letter from Bruce Bethke, editor of Stupefying Stories. I wasn’t expecting a hard-copy communications from him: payment for “Two Zombies Walk into a Bar” was to be arranged via PayPal, and a response to my latest submission was expected to be a rejection via e-mail (like all other communications with this publisher), though I hoped not. Like most any story that an author tries to publish, “HoPE” had its share of rejections – in this case, five times....

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Zombie Cover Art Teaser

I’ve heard word over at a certain social networking site that the TWO ZOMBIES WALK INTO A BAR will be (hopefully) released in three weeks. It’s been a long wait, but I’m quite excited at the prospect of seeing my first sale in print as part of an anthology. Here is the cover art for the anthology. Clicking the picture will take you over to the Stupefying Stories social network page. Go ahead and give them a like, they deserve...

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The Future of Epidemiology: Next-Gen Sequencing

Over at Scientific American’s Guest Blog, I’ve got a new post up about how the latest DNA sequencing technologies is enabling changes in the field of epidemiology. Here’s an excerpt: Over four thousand people infected, nine hundred of them suffering hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a disorder whose first symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea. For fifty individuals, it ended in death. Such is the grim toll that the 2011 E. coli epidemic wrought upon Europe, and in particular France and Germany. When Yonatan Grad, an infectious disease physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and...

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The Scientific American Guest Blog

Two years after starting my writing career in speculative fiction, last month I decided to see where a little branching out would take me.  I read an article about science writing and decided that given my science background and my passion for writing, I’d check out the National Association of Science Writers Website. When I e-mailed their mailing list, I was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the people who responded. I received everything from  advice from experienced professionals in the field to words of encouragement from others also in exploratory mode. I also had...

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