My name is Alice Callahan. I am an author, blogger, freelance writer, and college instructor. I am mother to Cee (born in 2010) and BabyM (born in 2014). I live and work in Eugene, Oregon.
I started this blog in the fall of 2010 as I was adjusting to life as a new mom and off the academic track. After the birth of my daughter in 2010 (she 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.
The same mission inspired my first book, The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, published in August 2015 by Johns Hopkins Press. You can order my book from Johns Hopkins Press (use discount code HNAF for 30% off), Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s, Indigo, Kobo, and Indiebound – or through your local independent bookseller.
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.
I always welcome your ideas for blog posts. Use the Contact form, or email me at scienceofmom [at the Google mail] dot com to reach me. I can’t promise to answer every email that I receive, but I do try.
You can find more about me, including my professional qualifications, on my LinkedIn Profile.
Comment Policy: This blog is my space, and I reserve the right to delete any comment that I don’t want to sit in my space. I appreciate spirited discussion and don’t mind if you disagree with me, but I don’t tolerate meanness directed towards me or another commenter. I also am a stickler for solid science, so if you post a comment or link that is not supported by science, it may not be published.
Reviews and Giveaways: Very occasionally, I post book reviews and host giveaways on my blog. Sometimes authors or their publicists send me new books, and I love books, especially honest-to-goodness paper and print ones that are delivered to my doorstep! However, I only review books on my blog that I really love. We only have time for really great books anyway, and what would be the point of sharing anything less with you? If the publisher offers to run a book giveaway for a book that I think you’ll really like, then I’m happy to host it on my blog. I only review books, and I’m never paid for reviews (except for the free copy of the book that I received.)
Affiliate Links: Sometimes I mention books or products and include affiliate links to Amazon or other sellers. This means that if you order something through that link, I get a very small commission from that order. Any proceeds go towards maintaining the blog and every once in a while, paying for an hour or two of babysitting so that I can write. Any recommended books or products are just that – things that I genuinely recommend – and content of the blog is never influenced by the affiliate partnership. I’m never paid for those recommendations beyond the affiliate commission. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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.