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Stories by Katie McKissick

Yes, T-Shirt Messages Matter

Yesterday, I came across a very interesting T-shirt design during my afternoon web surfing. The Children’s Place apparently forgot about the great “I’m too pretty to do my homework, so my brother has to do it for me” T-shirt debacle of 2011, and they decided to produce a shirt that reads, “My best subjects” and [...]..

August 6, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Yes, T-Shirt Messages Matter

Yesterday, I came across a very interesting T-shirt design during my afternoon web surfing. The Children's Place apparently forgot about the great "I'm too pretty to do my homework, so my brother has to do it for me" T-shirt debacle of 2011, and they decided to produce a shirt that reads, "My best subjects" and has checked boxes next to shopping , music , and dancing , but a noticeably unchecked box next to math ...

August 6, 2013 — Katie McKissick

More Science for the Children

A long time ago in a place very far away... I was thinking about writing science children's books. I did some research at the local bookstore. It seemed as though children's science books were either overwhelming picture encyclopedias with captions and loads of disjointed facts, or they were really slow, dry accounts of how butterflies emerge from their respective cocoons...

July 17, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Science Art in Everyday Life

Ever since I started Beatrice the Biologist in 2009, I've been trying to think what my deliverable was. I sketched out science toys, fiddled with science books for children, and mapped out an interactive website...

June 26, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Gorgeous Microscopy and Visual Journalism

Over at AudioVision, a project of Southern California Public Radio, Mae Ryan and others bring us the best in visual journalism. Mae contacted me about last month's feature on David Scharf, electron microscoper extraordinaire...

June 11, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Self-Publishing Tools for Science Artists

I owe a lot to self-publishing technology. If I had been born before the age of blogs and inexpensive scanners, there is no way anyone outside of my immediate family would have ever seen any of my work.Since the beginning of my online blogging and illustrating, I’ve wanted to take my science storytelling and comics to the next level: physical publishing, sometimes called “books.” It’s pronounced buuuuks.I’ve been sending query letters and manuscripts to publishers for years to no avail...

May 20, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Sea Star is Fine

I felt inspired after reading Darren Naish's recent post, Herring gull eats sea star, and other tales of larid gastronomy. He describes seeing gulls eating sea stars, sometimes in one piece and sometimes just an arm (or two, I suppose)...

May 3, 2013 — Katie McKissick

When Should Robots Resemble Humans?

I've been spending a lot of time around robots lately (hey, there's something I never thought I'd say). I got a chance to see and interact with several different kinds of robots recently at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering's Robotics Open House.I saw robots that sort colored objects like the PR2,socially assistive robots that do work with autistic kids like the Nao,and little dino robots that just look cute.I'm particularly interested in robot locomotion...

April 25, 2013 — Katie McKissick

The Pros and Cons of Putting Happy Faces on Molecules

I have a terrible habit of putting faces on just about everything I draw, whether it be atoms, bacteria, or personified evolution. I’ve often wondered if this does a disservice to my science art subjects, but I continue to do it because I feel like a well-placed friendly face can make people so much more comfortable with the subject matter.My target audience is usually science-phobes, people who see words like molecule and run for the hills...

April 10, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Science Art on a T-Shirt

Etsy is a great place to find handmade or vintage items. I'm a regular shopper there, as I love both supporting artists and finding unique gifts. I began searching the massive Etsy community for science-inspired artwork, and I found the most amazingly robust and beautiful science t-shirt shop, nonfiction tees.The shop is run by designer and self-described ninja printmaker Ryan Aydelott, who has worked in computer sciences, graphic design, as well as fine art...

March 25, 2013 — Katie McKissick

If Only Images Were Shared Like Videos

Two interesting things happened recently for me on Facebook: one of my comics went viral, and another one was stolen.In the first case, a comic I did about mental health was widely shared, and according to Facebook's "insights" 2.2 million people saw it due to the tens of thousands of comments, likes, and shares...

March 18, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Your Brain on Cookies

I have decided that one of the ways I will utilize this new blog space is to comic-ify other SciAm posts. This week, I felt inspired by Scicurious's post about food "addictions:" Of course I'm stressed, I'm in cookie withdrawal.To study the withdrawal-like effects of stopping a high fat diet, researchers took two groups of mice -- one that had been on a low fat diet for 6 weeks, and one that had been on a high fat diet for 6 weeks...

February 26, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Beatrice on Board

Well, hello there! Welcome to my first Symbiartic post. My name is Katie, and I write and illustrate a blog called Beatrice the Biologist. The most common question I get is, "Why is it called Beatrice the Biologist if your name is Katie?" A couple reasons:1) Katie the Biologist has no ring to it.2) Beatrice is an awesome name.3) I wanted to write a children's book called Beatrice the Biologist, so when I started a blog, I recycled the name.4) I wanted to create a science communication mascot to represent the idea that we are all scientists.5) Because I love messing with people.  I come from a biology background with a small amount of art training...

February 19, 2013 — Katie McKissick
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