The ‘SCOPE is looking for Science Writers!

The SCOPE(The following has been provided by the co-founders of an awesome new science blog based right here in Indianapolis at the IU School of Medicine. Everyone should check it out. Science writers should read on to find out how to contribute to this work.)

THE ‘SCOPE is an exciting new science and pop culture blog co-founded by Bill Sullivan and Mark Lasbury ( THE ‘SCOPE aims to inform readers about the science behind the news, the culture, and the things that we love. As the name implies, THE ‘SCOPE, which is short for microscope or telescope, analyzes pop culture to bring the unexpected and fascinating into focus. THE ‘SCOPE debuted on July 14, 2014, and is just shy of 10,000 page views as of September 15, 2014.

THE ‘SCOPE is written by scientists and educators who are eager to share their passion for science and reason. Writing in an accessible and often amusing manner, THE ‘SCOPE uses pop culture as a springboard to discuss science, putting these familiar events in a whole new light. Our articles include tie-ins to the most recent literature in the field. A sampling of some of our more popular posts include a discussion on the scientific plausibility of The Incredible Hulk and Planet of the Apes, what alcohol does to the brain, and whether midi-chlorians – the symbionts that gave Jedi Knights their power – might exist on Earth. THE ‘SCOPE has also weighed in on climate change, homosexuality, and the anti-vaccine movement.

For science writers, THE ‘SCOPE offers you an opportunity to develop and flex your writing muscles. We welcome queries from experienced or budding science writers who share our desire to communicate science to the masses in fun and interesting ways. Send queries to


About the co-founders:

Bill Sullivan, Jr., Ph.D.: Bill earned his Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology in 1997 at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Microbiology & Immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Learn more about his research at and follow him on Twitter at In addition to his contributions on THE ‘SCOPE, Bill has published over 50 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as articles for ASBMB Today, Bitesize Bio, The Postdoc Way, and BuzzFeed.

Mark Lasbury, MS, MSEd, Ph.D.: Mark earned his M.S. in Pathology in 1996, his Ph.D. in Experimental Molecular Pathology in 1999, and his M.S.Ed. in Secondary Education in the Life Sciences in 2011. He held positions of Assistant Scientist in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Sciences and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine before embarking on an education and writing career. In addition to his work on THE ‘SCOPE, Mark writes a life sciences education blog entitled As Many Exceptions As Rules, which has received over 1.2 million page views in three years. He has two books in the preparation, one based on his education blog, and the other concerning the 1903 western tour of Theodore Roosevelt. Mark also writes histories of Indianapolis addresses for private clients.