[ASC-list] The Sydney Morning Herald: URGENT Interview Request

James Hutson james.hutson at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 10:10:59 UTC 2010

Sent on behalf of Samantha Selinger-Morris of the Sydney Morning Herald

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From: Samantha Selinger-Morris <sselinger-morris at smh.com.au>
Date: 2 December 2010 16:08
Subject: The Sydney Morning Herald: URGENT Interview Request


I'm writing a feature for The Sydney Morning Herald on the recent
mini-boom in anatomy related products. I'm thinking about the Giant
Microbes (plush toys in the shapes of diseases) that have become
popular, aTwin Teddy Kit that shows parents how they can turn a
mother's placenta into a one-of-a-kind teddy bear, and the works of
art by one artist who exposes the skeletons of such iconic children's
characters as Mr Potato Head and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

My deadline is tomorrow (Friday) so I need to wrap up research by
noon. I'm seeking someone, perhaps an academic who works in the field
of science and popular culture, or another science communicator, who
can put forward their opinion as to why these products might be
fluorishing now. Possibly it's a reaction to the swine flu epidemic?
Or a recognition that science matters are now more popular, because of
TV shows like The Big Bang Theory?

I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,

Samantha Selinger-Morris
The Sydney Morning Herald
1 Darling Island Road
Pyrmont, NSW 2009

t) (02) 9282 3907
m) 0400 141 002
sselinger-morris at smh.com.au

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