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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Deborah Blum  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1954 in Urbana, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

The author was born in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ms. Blum now teaches journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Pulitzer Prize, Sacremento Bee Series on Primate Experiments LA Times Book Award, Science of Affection NY Times Notable Book of the Year, Sex on the Brain Library Journal, Monkey Wars

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Journaliam Department, University of Wisconsin

Selected Titles At Your Library

A field guide for science writers /
ISBN: 0195174992. OCLC Number: 74496292

Oxford University Press,. .

Offers a roadmap to the area of science writing. In this edition, various chapters cover the techniques of good science writing, explanatory writing, writing under deadline, clone and stem-cell research, biology of behaviour and eugenics, mental health, human genetics, as well as making sense of conflicting studies.

Ghost hunters :
ISBN: 0143038958. OCLC Number: 65538774

Penguin Press,. .

Traces how the respected psychologist brother of Henry James set out to gather scientific data proving the existence of ghosts at the end of the nineteenth century, forming the American Society for Psychical Research.

Love at Goon Park :
ISBN: 046502601X. OCLC Number: 694829679

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"We take it for granted that we should kiss our children, hug our freinds and comfort our partners. But in the early twentieth century affection between parents and their kids was very much discouraged - psychologists thought it would create needy and demanding offspring: doctors were convinced it would spread infectious diease. It took a revolution in psychology to overturn these beliefs and prove the emotional and intellectual benefits of touch. In Love at Goon Park, Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum charts this profound cultural shift by tracing the story of the man who made it possible. Through studying neglect and its life-altering consequences on primates in his lab., Harry Harlow confirmed love's central role in shaping not only how we feel but also how we think--Publisher description.

Sex on the brain :
ISBN: 9781440621338. OCLC Number: 457051323

Penguin Books,. .

Sex on the brain :
ISBN: 0140263489. OCLC Number: 39451977

Penguin,. .

Looks at the biology of gender, including such topics as male and female brains, sex differences in emotions, sexual orientation, hormones, and social roles.

The monkey wars /
ISBN: 019510109X. OCLC Number: 30474839

Oxford University Press,. .

A fascinating and very lucid account of the conflicts, both social and psychological, that permeate the keeping and use of monkeys and apes in American laboratories.

The poisoner's handbook :
ISBN: 1594202435. OCLC Number: 430052048

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The untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. A pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler create revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. From the vantage of their laboratory it also becomes clear that murderers aren't the only toxic threat--modern life has created a kind of poison playground, and danger lurks around every corner.