This Week’s Good Reads: The Elusive Source of Ebola, the Natural History of Model Organisms, and Whistling Caterpillars

1) Seeking the Source of Ebola, National Geographic, David Quammen

2) “Most people would think it’s a bad thing to be a lightning rod, and I cannot say I enjoy it,” [Oreskes] said. “But remember, the whole purpose of a lightning rod is to keep people safe.” – Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate, NY Times, Justin Gillis

3) Deborah Blum, a journalist present when Tim Hunt made his now infamous comments (detailed last week) about “girls” in science labs, has presented two really great commentaries on why the arguments mourning for Hunt do not hold up to what actually happened:

Sexist Scientist: I Was Being “Honest,” The Daily Beast, Deborah Blum

Tim Hunt “Jokes” About Sexist Scientists. Or Not., Storify, Deborah Blum

4) The Natural History of Model Organisms: The Secret Lives of Drosophila FlieseLife, Therese Ann Markow

5) DDT Linked to Fourfold Increase in Breast Cancer Risk, National Geographic, Lindsey Konkel

6) Trading the Pipette for the Pen: Transitioning from Science to Science Writing, The Open Notebook, Julia Rosen

7) A Tipping Point? Nature Angers Science Journalism Corps with Short Kennewick Man Embargo, Embargo Watch, Ivan Oransky

8) Science News Consumption Patterns and Their Implications for Public Understanding of Science, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Leona Yi-Fan Su et al.

9) Federal Agencies Lose Track of Endangered Species Protection Measures, Research Finds, Phys.org, Ilene Fleischmann

10) The Web Will Either Kill Journals or Save Them, Wired, Julia Greenberg

11) 6 Misconceptions About Saving the Bees, American Scientist, Kaitlin Stack Whitney

12) Podcasts Are Saving NPR, Wired, Julia Greenberg.

13) Collective Intelligence, Buzz Hoot Roar, Roar

14) Why Whistling Caterpillars Scare Birds, Science News, Susan Milius

15) ComSciCon’s annual national workshop happened this week. You can check out the program here. And check out the Twitter conversation at #ComSciCon

16) Across the big pond, the British Science Association held the Science Communication Conference 2015. Check out the conversation on Twitter at #SciComm15.


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