About Dennis Meredith
Dennis Meredith's career as a science communicator has included service at some of the country's leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the Universities of Rhode Island and Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at the nation's major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering over his career.
He has served on the executive board of the National Association of Science Writers and is a contributor to its magazine ScienceWriters. He wrote the handbook Working with Public Information Officers, the NASW handbook on media relations, Communicating Science News, the NASW Marketing & Publishing Resource guide, and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's online Guide to Careers in Science Writing. He has also served as a judge and a manager for the NASW Science-in-Society Awards and the AAAS Science Writing Awards. He won the latter award himself — for newspapers under 100,000 circulation — in 1974.
He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with AAAS to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 12,000 journalists to news from 6,000 subscribing research institutions worldwide.
He also consults on research communications. He develops and conducts custom-tailored, hands-on workshops for groups seeking to enhance their communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and government agencies and laboratories.
He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970).
In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow "for exemplary leadership in university communications, and for important contributions to the theory and practice of research communication." In 2012 he was named the year's Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
He is currently writing fiction and non-fiction books and writing for such organizations as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is author of Father Power (David McKay, 1975), Search at Loch Ness (Quadrangle, 1977), and Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work (Oxford, 2010).
His novels are the "science thrillers" The Rainbow Virus (Glyphus, 2013), The Rainbow Virus, Second Edition (Glyphus, 2016), Wormholes: A Novel, (Glyphus, 2013), Solomon's Freedom (Glyphus, 2014), The Cerulean's Secret (Glyphus, 2015), and The Happy Chip (Glyphus, 2017). His novels seek to extrapolate real-world science into compelling stories that speculate on their ultimate implications.
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