Sunday, June 6, 2010

Welcome, Part 2

Welcome to GourMind!

On this, the day of my "official" launch, I feel I have enough momentum to trust I will keep writing and thus warrant your continued attention. In this post, I want to acknowledge two people who make this blog possible, give you some tips for enjoying blogs (in the event that you are new to them), and recommend some of my favorite blogs.

First tip: this is the newest entry in the blog. To read the rest in chronological order, scroll down or use the directory on the right to get to the first entry.

Soapbox moment: I love the idea of introducing high school and beginning college students to science through blogs. Many bloggers excel at translating complex research into easily understandable prose. So please bring your youngsters to some of the science sites named below and encourage them to find others that are interesting to them.

Acknowledgments . . .

Steven Roach is my wonderful research assistant. He is a Harvard undergrad who has been a tremendous help in navigating the research literature. Happy summer vacation, Steven, and thanks for all your hard work.

Lisa Schreider is my personal assistant (and lots of other people's too) who makes it possible for me to have the time to work on special projects like this blog. Lisa is a tremendous resource and I feel fortunate to have her in my life. Check out her business at:

Now, for those of you who are new to the world of blogs . . . let me introduce you to a few helpful services:

(1) Google Reader is a central site that lets you track new entries on your favorite blogs:

You can add the addresses of all the blogs you are following on Google Reader. Then you simply check that page to see if there are new entries, called posts, on your set of blogs. There are other such sites as well.

(2) Research Blogging is a directory of blogs that describe and critique peer-reviewed scientific research. GourMind is a member. You can search Research Blogging for blogs about topics you are interested in. For example, if you search for GHRELIN, some of my posts will pop up. It also allows direct links to the research articles published online. (You or your institution still have to have a subscription most of the time.) When you see this symbol in a blog:

it means that it is indexed in Research Blogging. Here's the link:

(3) Another outstanding collection of blogs is Science Blogs, an elite group of writers who have been invited to participate. You'll also see some of these writers in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and Wired. Find lots of fascinating science here:

Finally, some of my favorite blogs:


The Frontal Cortex

We're Only Human

Obesity Panacea

Dan Ariely        
(Author of the great Predictably Irrational)

So . . . enjoy GourMind and any other sites that enrich your mind and your life. Write comments, ask questions, and connect with other readers and writers.  

Thanks for your attention and your participation!

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