Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and the author of five books, most recently the best-selling tale of murder and forensic detection in 1920s New York, The Poisoner’s Handbook. She writes Poison Pen, a monthly blog on environmental chemistry, for The New York Times, and is a staff science blogger for Wired. She has been published in a wide range of publications including Slate, TIME, Scientific American, Lapham’s Quarterly and the literary journal, Tin House. She began her science-writing career at The Sacramento Bee in California where she won the Pulitzer Prize (1992) for a series on ethical issues in primate research. She is now the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin where she teaches both science journalism and narrative writing. A past president of the National Association of Science Writers (US), she now serves as vice president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. She has been named both a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her work communicating science.