Introducing Dr. Michael D L Johnson and Black Science Blog
Black Science Blog is the youngest blog I’ve featured so far. It is a science blog for non-scientists. It addresses the growing divide between scientists and non-scientist by breaking down the jargon and addressing the how, what, where, why, and when questions of science, all while using anecdotes from the author’s, Dr. Michael D.L. Johnson’s personal life. Having been born and raised on the Southside of Chicago by a single parent, his journey to STEM success and earning a PhD certainly defies the negative narrative dominates the media about such individuals who experience such early environments.
Dr. Michael D.L. Johnson earned a BA in Music from Duke University before going on to study Biochemistry and Biophysics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his PhD in 2011. He is currently post-doctoral research associate at the world-renowned St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee (my hometown!). He is in department of infectious diseases studying how bacteria process metals. He plans to become a principal investigator at a major research institution, so he may be your college professor one day.
In his own words
Links to some of his engaging material
What exactly does a scientist do all day anyway???
The Dangers of Science Scare Tactics
When science gives you lemons
You can engage Dr. Johnson at the following social media services:
Connect with him and be sure to leave a comment at one of his blog posts. There’s no better way to engage and encourage a new blogger than joining the conversation. Tell him you found him via The Urban Scientist (me, @DNLee5) and #ScholarSunday.
I hope you’re enjoying this series of blog posts. If so, then I’d love to shine the spotlight on additional science blogs and scientists and help spread the word of amazing science outreach. If you know of a great science blog and/or science blogger who you think is amazing and would like to help spread the word about how amazing they are, then submit them. Now accepting rec0mmendations for upcoming Science Blogger Spotlight for upcoming weeks.