|Dennis Meredith Bio
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 all 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 4,500 journalists to news from 800 subscribing research institutions.
He has also worked with federal agencies and scientific journals, including NSF and the Public Library of Science, to help them develop policies for communicating research and collaborating with public information officers. He has given seminars on science communications and public affairs for NASA, NASW and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, among other organizations. He has worked as a consultant on research communication for such organizations as the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and as a consultant on multimedia museum exhibits.
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. He is author of Father Power (David McKay, 1975), Search at Loch Ness (Quadrangle, 1977), Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work (Oxford 2010). He is now collaborating with his daughter Dr. Wendy Hunter, on a non-fiction book tentatively titled Why Baby, which will explain what clinicians and scientists know, and don't know, about babies.
His novels are the "science thrillers" The Rainbow Virus, Wormholes, Solomon's Freedom, and The Cerulean's Secret. They seek to extrapolate real-world science into compelling stories that speculate on their ultimate implications.
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.
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