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Emma Hitt Nichols

Medical writing has been described as one of the top interesting 6-figure jobs. It is a perfect career change for scientists and doctors who want to work at home and enjoy a better work-life balance. This series of books will help people get started in freelance medical writing. It can also be used a resource for the many online programs now teaching medical writing. These books cover the materials of Dr. Hitt Nichols' 6-Week Course, "Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Freelance Medical Writing Business."

Milton Golin

Golin, a Chicago editor/publisher, became the first assistant editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association who was not a physician. The youngest of 10 children of Russian immigrants, Golin has had many adventures including flying the Himalayan “hump” as an aviator in Burma and China during World War II.

Carolyn Johnsen

The American public, government, and the news media continually grapple with myriad policy issues related to science and technology, including global warming, energy, stem-cell research, health care, childhood autism, food safety, and genetics, to name a few. Journalists have typically bridged the gap between scientists and the public, but the times now call for more engagement from the experts.

Susanna Hornig Priest

Science communicators need to understand more than how to interpret scientific facts and conclusions; they need to understand basic elements of the politics, sociology, and philosophy of science, as well as relevant media and communication theory, principles of risk communication, new trends, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of science communication programs, to mention just a few of the major challenges. "The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication" provides a comprehensive introduction to students, professionals, and scholars.

Bob Conrad

Conrad, communication officer for the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, has written a resource for those in public relations or who perform similar communications functions for businesses or organizations. Conrad exams the current state of the news media, the public relations profession, crisis communications practices, science, and emerging social media technologies. He says the book "includes important tips and lessons learned from a variety of examples. It is an examination of the shifting landscape between public relations, journalism, and new media."

David Sachsman, James Simon, and JoAnn Myer Valenti

The book provides a view of American environmental journalism in the first decade of the new century. It contains a review of the literature, results of present research describing indepth accounts of environment reporters at work, and examines whether the first decade of the 21st century was a golden age of environmental reporting. The authors note environment reporters and their sources are eager to get news out, but not always in the same way or at the same time.

Dennis Meredith

Meredith's aim in producing this guide is to help researchers develop the most productive relationships with Public Information Officers (PIOs) — whether at an institution, a journal, a scientific society, or a funding agency. He explains PIOs come in two basic models: the sales rep PIO and the PIO/journalist. The later is far more effective and credible than the sales rep PIO. One bit of advice he gives will warm the hearts of science writers: "Avoid Arbitrary Embargoes."

Dennis Meredith

Drawing on knowledge gleaned from a 40-year career in research communication, Dennis Meredith shows researchers and communication practitioners how to use a wide range of communication tools and techniques to disseminate discoveries to key audiences: colleagues, institutional leaders, legislators, corporate sponsors, funding agency administrators, media, and the public.