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
Karyn Traphagen is the Executive Director of ScienceOnline and oversees the ScienceSeeker project. She keeps in close contact with the editors and developers to work with them on the vision, infrastructure, and resource requirements necessary to make ScienceSeeker a tool that will be valuable to our users. While Karyn's background is in physics, she describes herself as a knowledge addict and is insatiably curious. She delights in highlighting the tiny treasures of the world that exist all around us (and which often go unnoticed in our busy lives). You can follow her @kTraphagen.
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.
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 Lewis is our Editor in Chief. In addition to her duties managing the editorial pool, she is responsible for updating our Facebook page and managing our Twitter account (@SciSeeker). Jordan is a science writer and Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Penn State College of Medicine, where she studies sleep and obesity in adolescents. She blogs at Gaines, on Brains which introduces quirky, non-hyped neuroscience research without the heavy scientific jargon. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Guardian, NBC, Slate, and more. In her "free time," Jordan enjoys reading, rowing, crafting, 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+.
Teodora Stoica is a science writer currently working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has researched in the cognitive affective neuroscience field at Yale University, University of Maryland Baltimore, and now UNC. Her main interests are the neural correlates of gender-based emotion and the effect of neuropeptides and hormones on mood. She blogs at Curious Cortex and hopes to earn a PhD in behavioral neuroscience in the future. Teodora is a blog curator with ScienceSeeker, responsible for seeking out and adding new blogs not already registered with us. She enjoys the challenge of barefoot running and Ashtanga yoga. Follow on Twitter @CuriousCortex.
Jessie Hale is a Nancy Foster Scholar Master's student at the University of Washington, where she studies Washington sea otters and their diets. Jessie can be found blogging at halejessie.wordpress.com about all things ocean, and on Twitter at @HaleJessie. Jessie is interested in marine ecology and predator-prey interactions. In her free time, Jessie enjoys running and reading. Jessie is a blog curator with ScienceSeeker, responsible for seeking out and adding new blogs not already registered with us.
Adrianne Stone is a PhD candidate in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where she is studying the genetics of bone diseases like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. If you ask her what she is going to do with her PhD, the answer will vary depending on the humidity, cycle of the moon, and how well her experiments are going at the time. Before starting graduate school, she taught high school biology for four years in a public school, so she is afraid of nothing (except bees and heights). In her spare time she edits (and occasionally writes) the Science Collective on Medium or makes things (usually jewelry) and writes about it on her personal blog. Adrianne is a blog curator with ScienceSeeker, responsible for seeking out and adding new blogs not already registered with us. She's a regular tweeter @AdrianneElayne.
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.
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.
Dylan Benito is a science and tech writer from Portland, Oregon. Dylan's main interests are geology, paleobiology, and climate science, and makes picks for the best posts in these topics. Dylan can be found on Twitter @dylanbenito and blogs about science, work, and personal life at dylanbenito.com. Aside from writing, Dylan cooks, reads, and enjoys hanging out with a rad six year old kid, awesome husband, and two naughty cats.
Andy Extance now fuses chemistry and physics – and whatever other elements cross his desk – into words, thanks to a career infused with both fields. He’s now a freelance science writer working for many outlets, having previously been news editor for Compound Semiconductor magazine, when it was owned by Institute of Physics Publishing. Before becoming a professional writer, he worked in industrial chemistry, briefly making adhesives after spending six and a half years working at Tripos Discovery Research, an early-stage contract pharmaceutical research company. He also has a 'spare time' climate change blog, called Simple Climate. You can follow him on Twitter @andyextance. Andy makes picks in the categories of chemistry and physics.
Rebecca Schwarzlose is a postdoctoral scientist and science writer specializing in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Since earning her Ph.D. from MIT, she has studied mental illness, memory, and high-level vision at UCLA and Wayne State University. She writes about psychology and the brain on her blog, Garden of the Mind, as well as science sites including Scientific American and DoubleXScience. Here at ScienceSeeker, she highlights top posts in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not writing, reading, doing science, or otherwise nerding around, she is probably chasing after her toddler or craving ice cream. Follow on Twitter @gothemind.
Wes Wilson is a molecular biologist in Canada, whose work is focused on proteins involved in breast cancer tumorigenesis as well as previous studies on the epigenetics of tumor progression in pediadric brain cancers. He has a passion is for the health sciences and occasionally blogs over at MostlyScience to help demystify evidence based medicine. Wes is also an ardent programmer and developer and sits on one of the organizing committees for Hacking Health, where both his interests collide. Wes makes picks in the category of academic life. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyWilson.
Rachel Zamzow is a PhD student in neuroscience at the University of Missouri, where she studies autism spectrum disorder from the perspectives of pharmacological intervention and underlying neural organization. She is also extremely passionate about communicating science to the general public. She blogs at Neurolore, where she shares stories about science, communication and surviving grad school. Follow her on Twitter @TheMrsZam.
Andrew Watt: medicine, neuroscience, and psychology, 2013-2014.
Allie Wilkinson: biology, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, evolution, marine biology, and geosciences, 2013-2014.
Jason G. Goldman: past Associate Editor, 2013-2014.
Sarah Chow: Anthropology, biology, chemistry, ecology/conservation, health, medicine, and philosophy, 2012-2013.
Matthew Francis: Astronomy and Physics, 2012.