What is ScienceSeeker?
There are thousands of science blogs and news sites around the world, written by active scientists, journalists, professors, students, and interested laypeople. But until now, there hasn't been a good way for readers to sort through all of them. There are dozens of blog collectives, many sites that organize some of the information in the blogs, but none that attempt to encompass the entire range of science reporting, analysis, and discussion taking place at an astonishing pace, worldwide.
ScienceSeeker is a project of ScienceOnline designed to fill that void. We have collected over 1,200 blogs and other science news sources in one place, and invite you to submit even more. Our goal is to be the world's most comprehensive aggregator of science discussions, all organized by topic.
What ScienceSeeker Does
This site is a work in progress. Sources are categorized according to a fixed list of topics. You can see lists of posts from those sources, but since many scientists have wide-ranging interests, some of the topics might not quite fit. You can see the specific topics a writer has chosen for her posts by clicking on the "…" bubble next to each post, and you can click on those topics to find other posts on the same topic. We have other ways of arranging posts as well: just the best posts, chosen by experts; posts about peer-reviewed research; popular posts on Twitter. Users can recommend posts and write notes explaining what they like about those posts.
You can search for posts, blogs, or other sources using keywords you specify, and you can create a custom feed to follow using a feedreader like Google Reader, or use the ScienceSeeker Widget to place that feed on your own site.
Readers can follow ScienceSeeker by visiting the site, subscribing to a custom feed, or following us on social media sites. We have four Twitter feeds (Editors' Picks, Recent Posts, ScienceSeeker Notes, and the official ScienceSeeker Twitter account). You can also Like our Facebook page, or follow our updates on Google+.
The site you see today wouldn't exist without a generous grant from the National Association of Science Writers. We are grateful for their support.
How you can help build ScienceSeeker
In the future we want to build more interactivity with social networks. We want readers and bloggers to play a bigger role in the direction the site takes. We want the topics to be chosen by the writers themselves, and we want to chart the relationships between topics as they develop. And we want you to be involved, too—both in helping us decide what to do next, and helping us make those new ideas happen. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact us.
The ScienceSeeker Team
Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, MS is the Technical Director for ScienceSeeker. Jessica worked as a software engineer in online publishing for 12 years, helping transform print publications into digital versions. In 2007 she returned to school full time to earn her DVM and MS degrees, and got to see scientific publishing from the other side of the fence. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois working in genomics and bioinformatics. Jessica blogs at The Dog Zombie.
Gabriel Aponte is the lead developer for ScienceSeeker. Since joining our team in 2011, he has been responsible for the vast majority of code running the site, and has also contributed several key design elements. His involvement with ScienceSeeker is driven by his interest in science and projects to improve the representation of science on the web.
Jason G. Goldman, Associate Editor of ScienceSeeker, is a scientist and science writer. He recently received his PhD at the University of Southern California, where he conducted research at the intersection of animal cognition and developmental psychology. He blogs at The Thoughtful Animal on the Scientific American blog network.
Dave Munger, Founding Editor of ScienceSeeker, is a writer living in Davidson, North Carolina. Dave was the co-founder and editor of Research Blogging. He has also been a columnist for SeedMagazine.com and written several college writing textbooks. For five years, Dave was the primary writer for the psychology blog Cognitive Daily, which was chosen three times to appear in the Open Laboratory, an annual anthology of the top science blog posts on the web. It has appeared on numerous top ten lists including ranking seventh on Nature's 50 popular science blogs list. Dave is also an avid runner who has completed four marathons and co-owns a race timing company, Davidson Timing.
Julianne Chatelain is conducting usability reviews of the ScienceSeeker site. If you'd like to help us by providing targeted usability feedback, please send your contact details to knowx3 at gmail dot com. Julianne managed her first formal usability review in 1984, has contributed to textbooks in the field, and has presented case studies and techniques at conference series such as Usability Professionals Association, ACM Hypertext, and Digital Arts and Culture. Her most recent degree is a 2005 graduate diploma in Interactive Multimedia from the University of Technology, Sydney, and information about her consulting practice can be found at juliannechatelain.com.
Jordan Gaines is our Social Media Editor. She is responsible for updating our Facebook page and managing our Twitter accounts (@SciSeeker, @SciSeekEds, @SciSeekNotes, and @SciSeekFeed). Jordan is a science writer and Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Penn State College of Medicine, where she studies sleep (in humans!). She blogs at Gaines, on Brains which explores current neuroscience research, translated into lay terms. She is also a regular contributor to NBC News, Psychology Today, and is part of Nature Education's Scitable network with her blog Mind Read. In her "free time," Jordan enjoys reading, rowing, playing clarinet, and volunteering at her local Humane Society. Follow on Twitter @GainesOnBrains.
Raphael Ndem is our Photo Editor, and manages our Google+ page, which you can access via scienceseeker.org/plus. Raphael is a tech enthusiast who appreciates the wonders of computers & gadgets. Completing a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Science at a young age furthered his interests in the field of biology, and degree projects involved the use of bioinformatics tools for predicting the secondary structures, and trans-membrane regions of proteins, which allowed him to apply his passion for technology in biomedicine. When not managing the audio or lighting for amatuer theatre productions, he regularly shares ideas and posts related to his interests on Google+.
Cristy Gelling is a science writer from Sydney/Auckland/Pittsburgh. She used to be a geneticst/cell biologist/molecular biologist working on bakers' yeast/genetic disease/mitochondria. She blogs inconsistently at The Blobologist and tweets erratically on Twitter.
Peter Krautzberger studied mathematics in Munich and Berlin and recently spent two years at the University of Michigan as a DFG postdoctoral fellow. He founded mathblogging.org, the math copy-cat of scienceblogging.org, as well boolesrings.org, a network of academic homepages using wordpress. He picks the best posts in the field of mathematics.
Andrew Watt is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne where he is investigating diagnostic measures for Alzheimer's disease, and a few other neurodegenerative conditions. He has a background in genetics and psychology and has even dabbled in documentary film-making, although that was quite some time ago now. For many years Andrew has had a, some would say unhealthy, fascination with the human brain. And in an effort to share his fascination he created A Hippo on Campus, a blog where he investigates contemporary research from the fields of neuropsychology, neurobiology, and beyond. He makes his editor's picks in medicine, neuroscience, and psychology.
Allie Wilkinson is a freelance science writer and multimedia specialist with a background in environmental studies and conservation biology. She also founded This Is What A Scientist Looks Like, an ongoing community photo project to challenge the stereotypical perception of a scientist. You can follow her on her blog Oh, For the Love of Science! and Twitter. Allie will be making her editor's picks on biology, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, evolution, marine biology, and geosciences.
Caitlin Kirkwood is a doctoral candidate in neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and has a background in bioengineering. Her translational research focuses on molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer disease and psychosis. She blogs at The Synaptic Scoop about hot off the press, perplexing, useful, and otherwise just plain cool neuroscience research. She selects top posts in neuroscience, engineering, biology, medicine, and health.
Fletcher Halliday is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studies the community ecology of infectious diseases. He is the editor-in-chief and a contributor at the biodiversity blog, BioDiverse Perspectives, which focuses on providing graduate student perspectives on primary literature in the field of biodiversity. He makes his editor’s picks in the fields of biology, conservation, ecology, environment, evolution, and a little microbiology. Follow him on Twitter @Fletch_Halliday.
Shelly Xuelai Fan is a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, where she studies protein degradation in neurodegenerative diseases. In her long-forgotten past she studied clinical pharmacy and everything drug-related, from R&D to therapeutics. She is an aspiring science writer with an insatiable obsession with the brain. She mulls over neuroscience, microbiomes and nutrition over at her blog Neurorexia. Follow on Twitter @ShellyFan.
Sarah Chow: Anthropology, biology, chemistry, ecology/conservation, health, medicine, and philosophy, 2012-2013.
Matthew Francis: Astronomy and Physics, 2012.