Featured Blogger: Sheril Kirshenbaum of Culture of Science
Blogger Sheril Kirshenbaum provides unique insights in the overlap of science with other parts of our lives. Her blog, Culture of Science, connects wide-reaching science issues to seemingly unrelated topics for her readers. Join her in connecting the dots on Twitter and Facebook!
Q: When and why did you start blogging?
Q: How do you think your blog stands out amongst other science and environment-conscious blogs?
My goal is to improve public understanding of science because it’s central to our lives and so I aim to move the discussion past advocacy and lip-service, to get to the heart of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. On the blog highlight practical solutions that involve politics, economics, and most importantly, people. Culture of Science is a forum to explore all sorts of topics, but the primary focus is the interdisciplinary nature of understanding our world.
Q: What does your family think of your blogging?
Q: What blogs do you read?
Q: How much time daily do you spend blogging?
Q: How many times have you redesigned your blog since it started?
Q: How much do you correspond one-on-one with readers?
Q: What joys did you not expect when you started blogging? What pains?
Blogging can also be challenging at times as a woman because it’s such a public forum. However, I also feel it’s important to continue because we need more visible women in these roles to encourage girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While not the central issue of my blog, occasionally I write about it.
Q: What’s something your readers don’t know about you?
Q: What’s your personal favorite blog post?
A: That’s a difficult question and depends on the topic. I’m proud of the way I’ve been able to use blog over the years to do more than share information, but also organize. In 2007, I co-founded ScienceDebate – a non-partisan effort to encourage the presidential candidates to discuss science issues like climate and energy along the campaign trail. While there was not a televised science debate, both President Obama and Senator McCain answered 14 questions submitted about science. Business leaders, congresspeople, university presidents, and Nobel Laureates joined the initiative. And after his election, President Obama used our mission statement “To restore science to its rightful place” in his inaugural address. He also appointed some of ScienceDebate’s biggest supporters like John Holdren, Steven Chu, and Jane Lubchenco as his advisors. It was great to launch ScienceDebate using new media on the blog.