ABOUT Paige Brown Jarreau

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I am a Bio/Nanotechnology scientist turned journalist, with an M.S. in Biological & Agricultural Engineering. Science is my interest, but writing is my passion. I translate science into story, and my dream is to inspire a love for science in every reader. I am also a new PhD student at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications, focusing in science communications and policy. I currently conduct research on the communication of science—specifically climate science—to various publics, and I write about all things science on a daily basis. Please feel free to ask me questions anytime, and follow me on Twitter @FromTheLabBench.

I’m always ready for a challenge, and I live to be inspired by science.


Paige Brown Jarreau: All Posts


Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging

Posted 18 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, specialized education and... Read more

Blogworthiness: “It’s a Left Brain, Right Brain Thing”

Posted 16 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

As some of my readers will know, I've been interviewing science bloggers this year for my PhD dissertation on how science bloggers decide what to write about. As I'm transcribing (typing word-for-word) the interview recordings, I've been sharing short excerpts on Twitter using the hashtag #MySciBlog. Some interview gems, though, deserve to be shared in a longer format. That's how I felt about the following quote, from a scientist blogger, about how he/she decides what is blogworthy:   "It's a... Read more

365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project Part II

Posted 11 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

In this post, I interview Sarah Keenihan, a freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I interview Sarah as a follow-up to my interview with Signe Cane, another blogger who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’ after being inspired by Sarah's blog 'Science For Life. 365.' Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I decided to ask Sarah about her 365 blogging project and her motivations to do... Read more

365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project

Posted 10 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

 In this post, I interview Signe Cane, a Sydney-based freelance science writer and journalist who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’. Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I decided to ask Signe about her blogging project and her motivations to do it. Me: You've taken on a project that involves blogging about science every day for a year. Can you... Read more

The Practices of the ‘Most Popular’ Science Bloggers

Posted 2 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Just this week, a new paper came out in Public Understanding of Science on science bloggers’ practices, motivations and target audiences. I figured I would discuss the methods and findings, as they are relevant to my Experiment.com project on the science of science blogging. Check it out! Mathieu Ranger and Karen Bultitude, both located in the UK, start off this new paper with a discussion of the general popularity of science blogs, looking at them within the context of popular blogs tracked... Read more

The Science of Science Blogging Literature

Posted 30 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of science blogging, like me! Or, just... Read more

Nanoscientists Among Us… as Science Communicators

Posted 28 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

“The communication of scientific findings with lay audiences has taken on heightened importance in recent years and scientists are now frequently being asked to play the role of public communicator for their work.” – Michael A. Cacciatore In a recent letter in Nature Nanotechnology, Anthony Dudo and colleagues survey nanoscientists as public science communicators. I can especially appreciate their results, because I used to be a nanoscientist myself! That was my past life. In fact, if you look back to the... Read more

Something is wrong on the Internet! What does the Science Blogger do?

Posted 25 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Today, I launched my first Experiment.com project for crowd-funding my scientific research. To new beginnings! The goal of my research project is to understand how science bloggers choose what to write about. This research project is the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation in science communication at Louisiana State University. The role of science blogging and science bloggers is expanding and diversifying today. More Americans get their science news online and via social media than ever, and much of that is now coming from... Read more

Risk Communication and Ebola

Posted 18 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Just this past week, I gave a lecture on risk communication to the students of Coastal Environmental Communication (#SciCommLSU) at the Manship School of Mass Communication. I found myself comparing our relatively low concern with serious, long-term environmental impacts in coastal Louisiana with our irrationally high concern over low probability risks, including coming into contact with the Ebola virus while in the U.S. Seeing the current state of overblown fears over Ebola in the U.S., when that concern would be much more constructively channeled into efforts... Read more

A Science Journalist’s Chances

Posted 6 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Frank Nuijens, @FrankNu on Twitter, recently pinged me in a tweet featuring an infographic that one of his Masters of Science Communication students created after reading my EMBO Reports article on the future of science journalism, An Explosion of Alternatives. Intrigued, I got in touch with the student, Benjamin Mul, to ask if he could talk to me about his graphics, shown below. Frank is a science journalist and founder of ScienceOnline Leiden, the Dutch community of people communicating about... Read more