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Deborah Blum believes that as science, technology, and medicine are transforming forces in our lives we all need to understand them better. And she also believes that science writers play an important part in illuminating the research that changes our lives and our planet.

Shortly after joining the faculty at Wisconsin, she testified about this to Congress:

Since then, she’s continued to stress the importance science communication and also the importance of evolving communication techniques in the digital era. That philosophy was captured in a recent profile – Deborah Blum, Master of Reinvention, featured on The Huffington Post.

She travels widely talking about these issues and, of course, telling stories of poison and murder, chemistry and culture. Since the publication of Poisoner’s Handbook, she has given presentations across the United States – from Alaska to Connecticut, California to Georgia - and in other countries including Canada, Dubai, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Italy, Finland and Argentina.

Scheduled engagements in 2013 include a presentation on arsenic at the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans (April 10) and a plenary session on science blogging at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland on June 15.