About Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith's (77) 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 is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers. He has 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 the 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 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 Honor Society.

He currently writes fiction and non-fiction books and news releases. He is author of Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work, Second Edition (Oxford, 2021). His latest nonfiction book is The Climate Pandemic: How Climate Disruption Threatens Human Survival. His forthcoming book is Earthbound: The Obstacles to Human Space Exploration and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence.

He is an award-winning author of science thrillers. His novels include The Rainbow Virus (Glyphus, 2016), Wormholes: A Novel (Glyphus, 2013), Solomon's Freedom (Glyphus, 2014), The Cerulean's Secret (Glyphus, 2015), The Happy Chip (Glyphus, 2017), The Neuromorphs (Glyphus, 2018), and Mythicals (Glyphus, 2018). His forthcoming novels are The Czar Bomb and Attack of the Food Zombies. His novels seek to extrapolate real-world science into compelling stories that speculate on their ultimate implications.

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