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Dr. Dial is a psychologist and medical illustrator who for well over a decade has worked as a freelance medical and science writer and editor. She is an editor for OpEdNews, having contributed a number of articles about hydraulic fracturing, genetically modified food, and Barack Obama, and has made contributions to encyclopedias of medicine (Magill's Medical Guide, 6th edition), genetics (Genetics and Inherited Disorders, revised edition, Salem Press), and forensic sculpture and handwriting analysis (Salem Encyclopedia of Forensic Science). She has published articles on such subjects as the interaction of cocaine and alcohol, how cancer interacts with its host, and creativity, and written books (most recently "The Rise and Fall of Hydraulic Fracturing" and "I'll Ride Away--One way to leave those pesky death wishes in the dust") that inhabit the state of ABP (all but published).
MedicaLink.com is her medical writing and illustrating website, and Write-Minded.com is where she expresses a few of her prescriptive grammatical preferences.
Born in Montreal and after living most of her life in the US, she has returned to her native land, albeit the western side. She and her husband and animals live on Vancouver Island.
How to Frack Your Cake and Eat It Too
The moderator of a 'neutral' university lecture series on fracking pauses to review for us what she's learned thus far. I think what she really learned is how to keep the funding flowing.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013(21 comments)
Who Turned Scientific American?
For years, Scientific American was a trusted and objective source of scientific knowledge. Until September, 2013, when suddenly it was no longer so.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013(1 comments)
Fracking a Flock of Pandoras
A few years ago you were hearing about "peak oil" and how we're about to reach it or already have. Then you hear about how the US has suddenly been heading headlong into that exalted state of Energy Independence, all on the sinuous shoulders of shale that have been residing quietly, previously undisturbed, beneath us all this time. We are getting much more than we bargained for.
A Primer for Elected Politicians
Corporations may have the money, but thus far we the people still have the vote. We voted you in and now, at least in theory, you are to listen and respond to us. Somehow that hasn't been happening. So here, containing some reminders, is a primer for elected politicians.
Sunday, March 27, 2011(4 comments)
Is You Itching for Rescue Again?
The ongoing persecution of Wikileaks focuses the real struggle between what remains of democracy and resurgent despotism. We must resist distraction and false dichotomies and see what is happening around us. We will not be saved by the next election results; we can only save ourselves.