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.
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
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
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
"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