Send Grrl Scientist On Quark's Next Expedition!

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | August 17, 2009 3:20 pm


There’s still time to vote for our friend and fellow science blogger–the very accomplished GrrlScientist aka Devorah Bennu–to be the official blogger on Quark Expedition’s next adventure. The winner will travel to Antarctica early next year while chronicling the journey online and the public decides who’s best for the job!

I encourage everyone to go register on Quark’s site and vote for Grrl… She’s an evolutionary biologist, ornithologist, aviculturist, birder, and science writer, and the ideal candidate given her science training, writing skills, and popular scienceblog Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted).

Check out Devorah’s application here and go vote before September 30…

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Comments (6)

  1. A trip to Antarctica? Why do we hate Devorah so much that we’d do this to her?

  2. Walker

    She has like half the votes of the person in the lead. It is going to be hard for her to come back at this point.

  3. John Kwok

    Devorah is a wonderful spirit and kind soul. Had the pleasure of talking to her after Josh Rosenau’s recent talk here in New York City. I wish I could give her my vote, but I realized that I had voted earlier for someone else. Instead of mentioning that person, I will now call on everyone who can here at the Intersection to vote on her behalf.

  4. Christina Viering
  5. John Kwok

    If you voted for someone else, you can re-visit the website and change your vote. I did and cast mine for Devorah. Here’s her profile:

    Don’t delay for even one second. Please log on ASAP (or sign in to create an account if you haven’t yet, which is free) and cast your vote for her.

  6. Blogger

    One: Luís Monteiro has a huge audience of not just blog, but radio participants. It’s likely he can churn out enough votes to win this thing, even supposing Devorah can mount a challenge.

    Two: Of the top five vote-getters, I must admit I think Mike Theiss would nail this kind of blogging much more than Devorah.

    Three: If we wanted Devorah to go…couldn’t her voters just donate enough to buy her a ticket??


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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