author, The Poisoner's Handbook
Deborah Blum won a Pulitzer prize in 1992 for writing about ethical
issues in primate research and has been exploring the intersection – or
some would say, collision - of science and culture ever since.
A professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
she has written five books, all of which ask questions about the way
science tries to define what it means to be human. Her latest, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, will be published in February 2010.
Others include The Monkey Wars (1994), based on her award-winning series; Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences between Men and Women (1997), Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection (2002) Ghost Hunters: William James and Scientific Search for Life after Death(2006).
She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers (US) and now serves as the North American board member for the World Federation of Science Journalists. She lives in Madison with her husband, two sons, two ferrets, and an elderly boxer.