The Scientist is Doing a Story About Me?

The Scientist is “the magazine for life science professionals”. There will be a story (maybe more than one) about science blogs in next month’s issue. It appears to have been inspired by January’s NC Science Blogging Conference. I was interviewed for the story last month about the my accomplishment of writing a blog post, unrelated to my research, that lead to a surprising coauthorship on a scientific paper. (See Blog About Hothead and Get an Easy Paper.)

I have not seen the article yet, but it appears that I may be playing a central part in it because The Scientist asked me yesterday for a 4x6 photo. Apparently it is not going to be a simple head shot. Tiffany and I went out to the JC Raulston Arboretum yesterday and took some photos with my new digital camera; I wanted to send The Scientist a high quality photo (and my desk is not photogenic). It was actually quite annoying to be in front of the camera for once. I like to take photos, not be in them. We also had some creative disagreements. Tiffany wanted photos with flowering trees. I preferred the look of greenery in the background.

After I got home, and looked at the photos, I chose to send them one of me in the Japanese garden.


This is not the first time that the origin of Comai and Cartwright (2005) has been mentioned in an article. Last year in Science Elizabeth Pennisi mentioned me in passing, but without actually mentioning me or this blog.

The work, reported in the 25 March 2005 issue of Nature, stunned plant biologists, who have since offered several explanations for how the mutant gene could be corrected; one graduate student’s proposal on his blog even became part of a Plant Cell paper.

(Pollen Contamination May Explain Controversial Inheritance)

Oh well, hopefully I get more exposure in next month’s The Scientist. I’ll let y’all know what happens.

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