Professor of Astro-what?

Today, the Library of Congress and NASA announced my new gig for next year, as the Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology at the LC. From October 2015 through September 2016, I'll be resident at the Library. Why astrobiology? My next project is a biography of DNA. One key part of the book will be … Continue reading

Tweeting the life of the mind

Academic colleagues of mine who are only slightly or not at all involved with social media often ask me why I do it, while those of us who are involved often seem to find ourselves defending or proselytizing (see special essay series...). Yet one of the most important reasons for me is that it gets … Continue reading

23andMe, myself, and I

Here is the new ad from 23andMe that will begin airing shortly on cable TV*: Genomics is going mainstream and the best news is first that it's real simple and second that it's all about me. Let's take the most obvious first: the "me" meme. Of course this relates … Continue reading