ABOUT Paige Brown Jarreau

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I am a Bio/Nanotechnology scientist turned communicator, with an M.S. in Biological & Agricultural Engineering and now a Ph.D. in Mass Communication. 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. In my research at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications I study science blogging and generally science communication as it plays out in new media environments.

For a portfolio of my writing and other research activities, please visit my CV via my personal website, http://www.fromthelabbench.com/

Please feel free to ask me questions anytime, and follow me on Twitter @FromTheLabBench.

E-mail me at paigebjarreau@gmail.com.


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Farewell SciLogs.com

Posted 1 July 2016 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Farewell SciLogs.com It is with great sadness that I write that Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the media host of SciLogs.com, has decided to shut down this English-language blogging network. I have been blogging here since 2011. At first what are now the SciLogs.com blogs were hosted by Nature Network, an online forum and social network site at Nature Magazine. Our blogs were then transitioned to being hosted by Spektrum, and became the SciLogs.com blogs. The official message is that Spektrum had for business... Read more

Science Blogs and the Power of the Grapevine

Posted 4 April 2016 by Paige Brown Jarreau

A recently published study in Journalism, titled “The science grapevine: Influence of blog information on the online media coverage of the 2010 arsenic-based life study,” caught my eye this morning. Unfortunately, I couldn’t *access the full text of the study online or through my University library, so I requested a PDF from the author (but got the PDF much more quickly via #IcanhazPDF). *For a study on science blogs, I think it is unfortunate that this paper was so inaccessible.... Read more

Struggles for Women in Science – When Facts Aren’t Enough

Posted 31 March 2016 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Do facts convince? It’s the classic question, which in science communication is often answered with a qualified “no.” Especially when it comes to the question of whether facts or evidence impact attitudes in the direction of the evidence. In an interesting study from June 2015, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, Moss-Racusin and colleagues investigated public comments on three news/blog articles reporting evidence of gender bias among science faculty. The news/blog articles reported on a 2012 scientific study demonstrating that science... Read more

International Women’s Day – Being Female in Science

Posted 8 March 2016 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Today is International Women's Day. There isn't a more fitting day to publish an article on women's experiences in science that has been months in the making for me. This article was originally pitched to EMBO Reports, but for various reasons (including a critique that this article presents too many anecdotes without clear evidence that the examples represent what can be defendably defined as gender discrimination / harassment) the editors chose not to publish it. I have chosen to publish the article in... Read more

Zika in the Media – We Need More Research

Posted 2 March 2016 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Today I have a special post up at the Altmetric blog about some of the most popular research papers in the media this month, with a focus on Zika-related research in the news. Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus related to yellow fever, dengue and West Nile. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency due to a concerning rise in symptoms and disorders potentially associated with Zika, including microcephaly (a condition in which children are born with... Read more

When the Universe Chirped – Detecting Gravitational Waves

Posted 12 February 2016 by Paige Brown Jarreau

When Joe Betzwieser found out that that a bright signal had been detected from the control room of LIGO Livingston, a Laser-Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in Louisiana, he was just glad that he wasn't working. Just an hour or two before an instrument operator saw a squiggly wave run across a monitor in the LIGO control room, signaling gravitational waves or "ripples in spacetime" for the first time ever, Joe was making calibration measurements on the instrument. If he had been working... Read more

You don’t really know how to write a science STORY. Yet.

Posted 10 January 2016 by Paige Brown Jarreau

All is not as it seems. This week, I realized something incredible. I realized that until now, I didn’t truly know what a story was. I mean, I could recognize a good story when I read one, and I encouraged my students to tell good stories when writing about science. But if you’d asked me to define story, I would have gotten the definition all wrong. Myth: A story is plot. Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading Lisa... Read more

Key Points from SciCom15

Posted 14 December 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau

On Wednesday December 9, 2015, SciCom15 took place in Athlone, Ireland. This conference on communicating (Irish) science was sponsored, in part, by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Below are some of the key points from the conference. These key points are based on my own impressions, detailed conference notes provided by LSU colleague and SciCom15 attendee Peggy Miller, and #scicom15 tweets. Ireland has a rich culture of storytelling. Science communicators (including scientists) should be able to tell a science story. What does a scientist look like? Quentin Cooper delivered... Read more