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Ernie Hood
Radio In Vivo: Your Link to the Triangle Science Community

A freelance science writer, editor, and podcast producer based in Hillsborough, NC, Ernie created Radio In Vivo to serve as an information resource to the public about the important, exciting, and innovative scientific work taking place in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, an internationally-recognized focal point of research and development in all scientific arenas.

Although not a trained scientist, Ernie has a unique ability to communicate often complex scientific concepts in clear, concise, interesting, and understandable language to both lay and professional audiences.

He developed this talent over the course of a long career in television and video and audio production, during which he wrote, produced and edited countless programs, particularly within the pharmaceutical, medical, health care, information technology, and agricultural sectors. From 1983 to 2005, Ernie was co-founder, vice president, and creative director of InSight Productions, Inc., one of North Carolina's premier media production companies. His experience with InSight culminated in the company's production of BreakThrough: Television's Journal of Science & Medicine from 1997-1999. The weekly national PBS magazine program, broadcast on more than 200 stations, reported on scientific innovations at many of the nation's most advanced research institutions, and won several major national and international awards for broadcast excellence. Ernie served as Senior Writer for BreakThrough, supervising the work of the program's team of producer/reporters, as well as originating all of show's promotional and website copy and host narratives.

In his more recent experience as a freelance science writer, much of his work has focused on environmental health.

He is a contributing correspondent to Environmental Health Perspectives, the monthly journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the 27 National Institutes of Health. The journal, widely recognized to be the most prestigious and influential in its field, has now published more than 80 articles authored by Ernie, including several cover stories on subjects such as pharmacogenomics, endocrine disrupting chemicals, RNA interference, chemical plant safety, and nanotechnology. His work has won wide praise, and he continues to receive frequent assignments from the journal on a wide variety of topics related to environmental health.

Ernie has also carried out a great deal of work for other sections of the NIEHS, such as several writing projects for Deputy Director Dr. Samuel Wilson, including journal articles and a textbook chapter on genomics. He has attended and written meeting reports on several national scientific meetings, retreats, and the institute's recent Strategic Planning Forum.

Ernie also performs a variety of writing and editing services for clients at academic institutions, governmental facilities, and philanthropic organizations across the country.

Ernie holds a BA in English from Brown University, and an MA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a Triangle resident since moving to the area to attend graduate school in 1976. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Medical Writers Association, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is also a Partner in the Collaborative for Health and the Environment, an Affiliate Member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and on the executive board of the Science Communicators of North Carolina.
Ernie was recently invited to be the lay community member of the Biomedical Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In August 2009 he was elected President of the Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC).

Ernie's writing, editing, consulting and media production services can help you communicate more effectively and efficiently. Please get in touch!

Here's what one very satisfied client (and Radio In Vivo guest) has to say about Ernie...try to ignore the statement at the end!

"As a medical school professor, I write and edit grant proposals, technical papers, and administrative reports by the dozens. I used to think only a clone could reduce my work load. I was wrong. Two years ago, during an NIH conference I was chairing, I met Ernie Hood.

He wrote a terrific article on the meeting, and NIH published it. I knew I needed his help so I hired him. He quickly learned my concepts and ideas, communicating them effectively and at just the right scientific level for the intended audience.

Over the past two years, Ernie has continued to help me with a wide range of projects. He never misses deadlines - even extremely tight or demanding ones. He willingly, and pleasantly, takes on small but essential tasks such as writing letters, editing our staff's reports or draftng a press release or article. His background in medical broadcasting and as a writer for the NIEHS magazine "Environmental Health Perspectives" provide the scientific depth and breadth my work requires.

More and more, doctors today are hiring "patient-extenders" to help them in their practices. What we academicians need is a different sort of extender - someone with excellent writing skills who can learn our specialty and communicate what we don't have enough time to communicate - someone who can get our ideas out there. This is becoming especially important as the NIH "pay-line" drops and we need to engage private foundations and potential donors in our cause.

One example of how we've worked with Ernie: during the week leading up to a recent NIH deadline, each evening we saved the sections we had written that day and emailed them to Ernie for editing. While we slept, he worked. When we arrived at the office each morning we had a freshly edited, vastly improved version. Unquestionably, Ernie's work enhanced our efficiency and the quality of our submission.

All I can say is please do NOT hire Ernie. I need him!"

Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S.
Professor, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Vice Chair, Community Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Medical Director, Environmental Health and Medicine Educational Initiative, RAHC
Director, South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Ernie with daughters Hillary (left) and Maggie (right)

Maggie's husband, Jake - as of 7/28/07!

Please click here to request Ernie's CV, which provides more professional background, services, and contact information.



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