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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.

In 2014, Blum participated in the World Science Festival in New York City in July and was a writer-in-residence at the summer MFA program at Augsberg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other events include presentations at the American Chemical Society in San Francisco and the International Arsenic Summit in Bar Harbor, Maine in August. In September, she will be part of the Lyceum Lecture Series at Victoria College in Victoria Texas, and was a featured speaker at national toxicology conferences in both in New Orleans and Orlando.

In 2015, she was a featured speaker and panelist at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea in June and at the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) in Cambridge, MA in October. She has curtailed her speaking schedule while finishing a book but is scheduled to do a keynote presentation in May 2016 to the Council of Science Editors in Denver, Colorado.