Faith Hickman Brynie is the author of 25 books and hundreds of articles, most of
them related to science and health. She writes for children, teens, and adults--attempting
to share with readers of all ages some of the excitement she feels about research
in science and medicine.
I don't recall when I first fell in love with science, but I remember the day when
I said, "'Til death do us part." I was counting raspberry bushes. They grew wild
around the abandoned strip mines of Appalachia. As an ecology student at West Virginia
University in Morgantown, I was clambering around an old mine's precarious slopes
with twenty other eager undergraduates. We shot line transects and counted the bushes,
orienting our test sites by the compass, while measuring roped off segments ten-meters
square for careful counting and mapping. The day was hot and sticky. The prickly
bushes tore our clothes and gouged our flesh. Black coal dust clogged our lungs.
Sunburned and sweaty, we learned that wrestling truth from reality was difficult
. . . and fun! . . . From that day on, I never questioned my choice of a career.
It was science for me.
Today Brynie's books are in libraries all over the world, and her articles appear
in numerous magazines and Web sites. Some of her books have earned awards from the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers
Association, the Children's Book Council, the International Reading Association,
and more. She frequently contributes to elementary- and secondary-school science
textbook series, and she teaches scientific and technical writing to adult audiences.