My name is Alice Callahan. I started this blog in the fall of 2010 as I was adjusting to life as a new mom and off the academic track. See, after the birth of my daughter in 2010 (who goes by Cee on the blog), I decided to leave the world of academic science for the time being, trading it for more time with my daughter and the opportunity to write. I completed my PhD in Nutritional Biology at the University of California, Davis, in 2008 and then spent 2+ years studying fetal physiology as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona. Without a lab bench and experiments to run, I found myself satisfying my curiosity by diving into the scientific literature on parenting topics, sorting through good and bad science and trying to write coherent stories about how science informs parenthood. That’s what I do on this blog. These days, I’m neglecting the blog a bit as I work to finish my first book, tentatively titled “The Science of Mom: An Evidence-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year,” due to be published in 2015 by Johns Hopkins Press.
This blog has become much more than an outlet for my science writing, however. I write frankly about my parenting challenges and breakthroughs, and most recently about miscarriage and infertility, and I am constantly amazed by and grateful for the smart, supportive, and kind readers who contribute thoughtful comments to my posts. This blog is also a community of parents who are curious about science and compassionate to each other.
I am not selling anything, and I have no agenda or particular parenting philosophy to promote. I’m just curious, and my scientific training gives me the skill set to evaluate the science, to see its strengths and flaws, and to give my honest interpretation of how it applies to our parenting questions.
Although I am blogging sporadically now, I always welcome your ideas for blog posts. I plan to return to blogging regularly once I finish my book manuscript, and I’ll stow your idea away and tackle it in a few months. Use the Contact form, or email me at scienceofmom [at the Google mail] dot com to reach me.
You can find more about me, including my professional qualifications, on my LinkedIn Profile.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions on this site do not constitute medical advice. Please consult your pediatrician or other medical professional if you have medical questions.