Meet the judges for the NESCent blogging competition and travel award to ScienceOnline2010

Karl Leif Bates

Karl Leif Bates

Director of Research Communications, Duke News & Communications 

A 15-year veteran of newspaper journalism and former winner of the AAASscience writing award, Karl now edits and writes research news from all units of Duke University, including Arts & Sciences, the Fuqua School of Business, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Pratt School of Engineering and Duke Medicine. Karl is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Science Communicators of North Carolina. 

 

Rob Dunn

Rob Dunn

Biologist and popular science writer, North Carolina State University

Rob Dunn is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University, where he tends to study species — like ants — that no one likes at big spatial scales. Rob is also a science popularizer whose work appears in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, Scientific American , BBC Wildlife, and Seed magazines. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. http://www4.ncsu.edu/~rrdunn/articles.html

 

Craig McClain

Craig McClain

Assistant Director of Science, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

Craig has conducted marine ecology and evolutionary research for 13 years and published over 30 papers in the area. He is the author and editor of Deep-Sea News, an award-winning blog on deep ocean life. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, American Conchologist, Science Illustrated, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web

 

Sandra NovackSandra Novack

Author 

Booklist recently named Sandra Novack's novel, Precious (Random House, 2009), a top ten debut of 2009. Her story collection is forthcoming with Random House, and she is currently working on a new novel, tentatively titled Resurrection Fern. She lives with her husband, Phil, and many pets in Chicago, IL, and can be found on-line at sandranovack.com

 

Robin Smith

Robin Smith

Communications Manager, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

Robin taught writing at Duke University for four years before joining NESCent in May 2009. She has published scholarly articles in Evolution, American Naturalist, and the American Journal of Botany. Robin has also written for popular audiences under the Duke University Office of News and Communications, and for Scitable, an online learning initiative from the publishers of Nature.

 

Jory Weintraub

Jory Weintraub

Education and Outreach Program Manager, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

Jory earned a Ph.D. in Immunology from UNC-Chapel Hill and then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in science education before joining NESCent in 2005. He taught undergraduate biology at UNC for several years with a focus on minority outreach, faculty development, instructional technology and science education research. Jory serves as a guest editor for the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach.