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Jill U Adams writes about health & medicine, nature & environmental issues, and the intersection of research & policy for newspapers, magazines, and the web. Publication credits include Audubon, Discover, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Science, and Nature. A former research scientist, Jill has shed her passive voice but not her disapproval of handwaving theories. A parent of teens, she is loath to give advice, but is full of it anyway. Jill lives in Albany, NY, with her husband, three kids, and a dog.

4 responses to “The Curiosity Call”

  1. Monya Baker

    A simple, concrete step to find inspiration and motivation.
    Thanks for sharing this gem, Jill!

  2. Jennifer L.W. Fink (@jlwf)

    I love this idea. When and how did you come up with and institute the idea of the Curiosity Call? Do you ever have problems with sources not wanting to talk to you b/c you don’t yet have an assignment? Do you typically approach your subjects and say, “I want to talk about X,” or are you more vague and say you’d like to talk to them about their latest research, or something like that? Do you usually focus on topics that fall within your writing areas of expertise, or do you sometimes just reach far out of your comfort zone and call a source to talk about something you’ve never written about but are curious about?

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