We received the tragic news that we lost Helen Chappell today. You can read about Helen in her own words here.
Helen was an invaluable member of the science communication community and the human community. I first met in person at ScienceOnline. Every experience I had with Helen was delightful and, she was always very positive about what we are doing here at The Finch & Pea.
Helen, Eric & Ursula
We are left to support her partner Eric and their infant daughter, Ursula. Friends have established a fund to help support her family and offset the costs of her medical care. If you have anything to spare, please consider helping to support her family in this time of need.
#258 – Emerging Infections
Image from National Institutes of Health
This week, my other other family at Science for The People is discussing invading organisms large and small. They talk to Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, to learn why (and how) researchers are creating new strains of flu virus. They’re joined by marine invertebrate researcher Dr. Benjamin Miner, to talk about the wasting disease killing starfish on the west coast of North America. And they talk to physicist Ross Lockwood about the HI-SEAS project, exploring the psychological conditions facing a human crew on a mission to Mars.
This week on Science for The People the conversation is about the science and history of lighter-than-air flight. The hour is spent with biographer and science writer Richard Holmes, to talk about his newest book, “Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air.” Learn about the technology of 19th century ballooning, and the pioneering men and women who took to the skies and changed our view of the world.
Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes (Pantheon, 2013)
A few weeks ago, I talked with the crew at Breaking Bio for Episode 42, including The Finch & Pea‘s own Heidi Smith. We covered a lot of ground, including rugby and the oddity of regularly doing science with a black eye. The facts that I’m not exactly sure when they hit “record” and that it apparently required weeks of editing makes me a bit nervous to watch. But you should watch, and mock me in the comments.