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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: http://gos.sbc.edu/b/blum.html

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. She is also scheduled to speak at toxicology conferences in New Orleans and Orlando later in the year.