Part of being a scientist these days involves putting yourself out there as an expert, being the face of some topic, the person who can explain the importance of an anthropological concept to students and the public. I have tried to take up this challenge with my personal blog, Powered by Osteons, which covers topics related to archaeology, bio-anthropology, and classics.
Since May 2015, I have also been blogging as a contributor at Forbes. These posts are more focused on communicating interesting news and topics in bioarchaeology to the general public and is therefore a more professional blog, while PbO remains a more intimate site with recurring features and short, sometimes snarky posts.
And since February 2016, I have also been contributing to mental_floss, with a focus on skeletons and the classical world.
Awards Won for Public Outreach:
- 2017 – Society for American Archaeology, Award for Excellence in Public Education
- 2016 – American Anthropological Association, General Anthropology Division, New Directions Award for Public Anthropology
Recurring Features at Powered by Osteons:
- Who needs an osteologist? — The rhetorical question in the title hints at the topic of the series, which showcases photographs of skeletons that are poorly identified or poorly laid out.
- Bones Reviews — I have been reviewing every episode of the FOX television show Bones since season 6. If you want to know what aspects of the forensics are right and wrong–or just want to know that someone else also yells at the TV on a weekly basis–do check out these reviews. In Season 11, my reviews moved to Forbes.
- Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival — At the end of every month, I post a blog carnival (or roundup of links) about bioarchaeology in the Roman world. Check it out and keep up with all the latest news in Roman bioarchaeology.
- Presenting Anthropology — I taught a graduate seminar in presenting anthropological information in Spring 2013. A large part of the course was about transforming the students into public anthropologists through social media and other outlets. I blogged each week about the course readings and discussion, and the class created a #shareanthro hashtag for live-tweeting our class meetings.
- ScienceLine – “From the field to the classroom: yesterday’s discovery changes tomorrow’s lesson plan“
- Gizmodo – “You can print your own Homo naledi specimens“
- MIT Technology Review – “How 3D printing allows the world to investigate new human fossils“
- Smithsonian Magazine – “How big were Romans’ feet?“
- NPR – “Gladiator gatorade? Ancient athletes had a recovery drink too“
- LiveScience – “Ancient Roman infanticide didn’t spare either sex, DNA suggests“
- LiveScience – “Can ‘skull theory’ reveal sex of an unborn baby?“
- LiveScience – “‘Neandertal’ remains actually Medieval human“
- Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard – “Bones found in River Coln, Fairford placed upside down for professional photo“
- NBC News – “‘Mona Lisa’ skeleton and her kin’s remains are due for DNA testing“
- LiveScience – “Richard III announcement spurs excitement, skepticism“
- Chronicle of Higher Education – “Some PhDs Choose to Work off the Grid” (behind a paywall; email me for a copy)
- LiveScience – “Dig for Mona Lisa Turns up Skeleton of Wealthy Woman“
- Discovery News – “The Titanic Graveyard: Photos“
- LiveScience – “Scientists List 2011’s Most Fascinating Discoveries“
- Discovery News/MSNBC – “Roman-era couple held hands for 1,500 years“
- Discovery News – “Did zombies roam Medieval Ireland?“
- Discovery News – “Legendary castrato had post-menopausal disease“
- Discovery News – “Iceman’s girlfriend found“
- The Bob Rivers Show (KJR-FM Seattle) – What can be learned from Shakespeare’s bones?
- LiveScience – “Could Shakespeare’s bones tell us if he smoked pot?“
- CNN – “Scientists speak out to discredit ‘gay caveman’ media reports“
- LiveScience – “‘Gay caveman’ story overblown, archaeologists say“