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Deborah Blum

Cambridge, MA
Freelance Journalist — Freelance

Book author, Science journalist, blogger, and director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.

The Chemist as Murderer (A Thallium Story) — On January 14th, 2011, a 39-year-old computer engineer was admitted to Princeton University Hospital in New Jersey with nagging, flu-like symptoms. The man was nauseated, suffering from severe joint pains, wracked by a strange, convulsive trembling in his legs. Doctors at the hospital tried one treatment after another but Xiaoye Wang only became weaker.

About That Tainted Seafood In Texas — I've been thinking about spring. It's just been that kind of winter, described by a Wisconsin native in our local paper as "a cold spell," which is definitely one way to talk about a week when the windchill dropped to -50 Fahrenheit.

Why Science Journalism Matters — S ome years ago, on a family visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, my two sons and I signed up for a guided, several-hour ramble downward into the cave. My husband, who is claustrophobic, waited above ground. He refused to even go down the steps toward the shadowy arch of the main entrance.

At the Prohibition Bar — In these last moments of 2010, when we raise a glass to the end of the year and the promise of the new one, let's not forget to appreciate that our cocktails are legal and the alcohol in them is unlikely to kill us where we stand.

Apply for a KSJ Fellowship at MIT — We are pleased to announce that the application period for the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program in 2016-17 will open on January 1 and we welcome science journalists from around the world to apply for this unique and career-enhancing opportunity. The Knight Science Journalism (KSJ) program, founded at MIT in 1982 with a generous endowment from the James S.

A Poisoner's Tale of Halloween — I grew up on a dead-end street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where remnants of swampy forest surrounded the old wood-frame homes. Live oaks lined the streets. Spanish moss dripped from their branches. Snakes coiled under the ancient azaleas that edged the yards. It was, in fact, the perfect setting for a haunted Halloween night.

Sexist Nobel Winner Won't Get Job Back

‘Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing’ — In the 17th century, the Dutch city of Delft was a business center of note, bustling with some 21,000 people, famed for its production of beer, shimmering fabrics and delicately painted pottery. It also served as home to two remarkable visionaries, one a scientist, the other an artist, both influential in the way we see the world today.

Sexist Scientist: I Was Being ‘Honest’ — Last week-along with science writers from more than forty countries-I flew to South Korea to participate in the 9 th World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference had paired my lecture (Pulitzer Prize winner, 1992, beat reporting) with one by Sir Tim Hunt ( Nobel Prize winner, 2001, Physiology or Medicine).

Tim Hunt "jokes" about women scientists. Or not. — On Monday, June 8, both Sir Tim Hunt (recipient of a Nobel Prize in Biology) and I (winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting) were invited to give opening lectures at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea.
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Sep 28, 2016

RT @charlesornstein: This is a troubling story: Are patient advocacy groups staying silent about drug prices because they get Pharma $$$?

Sep 28, 2016

RT @plasreconsurg: Impressive stories of the original #ILookLikeASurgeon We've come far, but still, quite a way to go!

Sep 28, 2016

RT @jasuja: Crowdsourcing a list of women experts to speak in panels-pls fill the form/RT to support us #NoMoreManels

Sep 28, 2016

RT @machadooficial: I received my passport ! I'm ready to vote For my country for you @HillaryClinton for my daughter For women workers

Sep 28, 2016

RT @laurahelmuth: The Arizona REPUBLIC? Wow. Another historically conservative paper endorses Clinton. 

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