Alan S. Kolok
scientist, author, communicator
My passion to write about science comes directly out of my professional background. I am a career academic, having served as a University professor for over 25 years. Currently I direct the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Idaho. I continue to write professionally, conduct research and act as an editor for the journal, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
As my career has progressed, I have become interested in science communication and storytelling. Science, whether non-fiction or fictionalized, includes stories full of heroes, lone wolves battling for what they believe is right, and stories of teams of scientists working toward common goals that supersede what any individual could do alone. The most noble of these stories can be inspirational, and the scientists within, both fictionalized and non-fiction, sometimes act with unbelievable courage and perseverance. At the same time, science is a very human endeavor. As such, the scientific process can be rife with petty jealousies, envy, ego and pride.
It is these stories, the heroes and the villains, the good and the bad, that keep me writing.