Welcome Food Matters at Scientific American Blogs- Chemistry Represent!
Sep03

Welcome Food Matters at Scientific American Blogs- Chemistry Represent!

Recovered from your Labor Day barbeque? Good. Because something's cooking at the Scientific American blog network, and it is decidedly meaty. I'm talking about the SciAm network's new food blog, Food Matters, which launches today, in time for Scientific American’s Food Week celebration. This group blog features seven authors- three researchers and four journalists, and includes a familiar face (more on that later). According to Bora Zivkovic, who heads the network, at Food Matters "there will be explainers of basics, coverage of new papers, carefully researched pieces of in-depth journalism, pushback against non-science-based activism, posts that provide historical context, and just plain fun stuff from original multimedia to quirky recipes." And chemists, if that's not enough to whet your appetite, consider this: the blog's authors include Julianne Wyrick, who holds a B.A. in biochemistry, and friend of CENtral Science See Arr Oh. I asked them some questions ahead of the launch and here's what they had to say. (Quotes edited for grammar and/or shortened for brevity). Carmen: Why do you think food is a great medium for talking about chemistry and biochemistry? Julianne: Food touches everyone; from biochemists to ballet dancers, we all eat. Discussing the chemistry involved in food and nutrition helps science come alive to scientists and non-scientists alike. See Arr Oh: People are surrounded by food, but they don't always take a second to realize that food is all about chemical processes- from photosynthesis, to preservatives, to digestion. C: Why is it important to have chemistry representin’ on the big blog networks? J: Blogging about the chemistry involved in topics like food is important because chemistry is the foundation for so much of science. Many processes, like how a nutrient affects the body, boil down to chemical reactions. If we know more about the chemistry, we have a better understanding of the process. S: There's a stereotype that may be in some people's minds of chemists holed up in their labs, drumming up massive profits for corporations. I'd like to show that chemists can be relatable and fun and communicate well. Congrats on hitting the bloggy big time, you two. Now, make sure you commission some guest posts from the likes of Matt Hartings and Martin Lersch, and then I'll really be...

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CENtral Science Represents at Scientific American Blogs’ Chemistry Day
Aug02

CENtral Science Represents at Scientific American Blogs’ Chemistry Day

Devoted CENtral Science followers may recall two posts about a big development in the blogosphere that went up at Terra Sigillata last month. There, my esteemed blog colleague David Kroll played host to a vibrant discussion about the shiny new Scientific American blog network-- of course congratulating the massive effort on the part of Chief Editor and Community Manager Bora Zivkovic and many others that led to its creation, but also noting the paucity of chemistry blogs on the high-profile new network. The discussion spilled over into other prominent blogs, including those of American University chemist Matt Hartings and San Jose State U. professor of philosophy (and physical chemist by training) Janet Stemwedel. Well, SciAm's blogerati were clearly listening. Today, in honor of the International Year of Chemistry and the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Puerto Rico, it's all chemistry all day today at the Scientific American blog network. What exactly does that mean? A smorgasbord of chemistry blog posts, both from regular SciAm contributors and guest bloggers. There's even a Twitter hashtag, #SciAmChem. Bora has put together the master list of posts. I'm a bit biased, but I'd like to highlight two of them: From CENtral's own David Kroll: Drugs From The Crucible of Nature Bora was even nice enough to extend me an invitation to guest blog with this illustrious group. It's an honor to blog about one of my favorite topics, named reactions, for Scientific American. From C&EN's own Carmen Drahl: What's In A Name? For Chemists, Their Field's Soul Of course, scores of other great posts are on the list, including writing from Hartings, Stemwedel, Ashutosh of Curious Wavefunction, Deborah Blum of Speakeasy Science, Antony Williams of ChemSpider/ChemConnector and SciAm blogger Michelle Clement, who works for the American Chemical Society. It's been a great day for chemistry blogging. But C&EN Assistant Managing Editor Amanda Yarnell put it best this morning on Twitter: amandayarnell: Grt posts on @sciamblogs today by @discodermolide @sciencegeist @chemconnector & more. Here's to hoping there's not just 1 day of...

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