The ACS National Meeting: Dragonfly’s double bond to the most important gathering in science

Twice a year, the average IQ of one U.S. city spikes as roughly 13,000 chemists, engineers, academics, and others descend, taking in more than 7,000 presentations on the newest, most exciting research in chemistry and the related sciences. The National Meetings of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are “two of the most respected scientific meetings in the world.” The 249th …

A decade of Dragonfly: 10 thank-yous

This March marks Dragonfly’s 10th anniversary. Yup, it’s been 10 years of editing proposals, writing white papers, designing brochures, and everything in between. We’ve visited clients in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, New York, San Diego, St. Louis…even Saudi Arabia. We’ve grown from one woman with a computer to 30 editors, writers, designers, and project managers working in more than …

Not afraid of the dark: Dragonfly’s Jason Bovberg

Cloud storage solutions. Home entertainment gadgets. Strange, blood-thirsty, zombie-like aliens? For Dragonfly editor Jason Bovberg, these topics are all in a day’s work. Jason worked for tech magazine Windows IT Pro for 17 years, starting out as a copyeditor and moving up the ranks to become senior editor. Now, he’s a freelancer who writes e-books and blog posts on everything …

KAUST prepares for new arrival: One of the world’s top supercomputers

Our client King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is no stranger to cutting-edge technology. The graduate research university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is a hotbed for high-powered research and innovative thinking. For the past several years, we’ve helped them explain their vision and services to the world. KAUST’s mission is to help build a knowledge economy in the …

Write about my own company? I’d rather clean the closets.

I have a sickness. I like to clean other people’s closets. When it comes to other peoples’ stuff, I find that purging is easy. That dress? Goodwill. Those T-shirts? Trash. Those recipes? Recycle. But when it comes to cleaning my own closets, I hit a wall. I find myself agonizing over the value of every tchotchke. What if I throw …

Want to work like a Dragonfly? Try these tools

Dragonfly is a preternaturally connected team. We communicate by message, video, and voice with colleagues and clients around the world. We’re often on the go. And when we’re not, we’ve found ways to make our home offices conducive to great work. I asked our staff for their secrets to keeping their workdays running smoothly. What I found: we rely on …

A Dragonfly abroad: 4 tips for working in Spain

Let me start by saying that I have the best job in the world. How else would I be able to spend my summer working from Barcelona, Spain, balancing meetings with clients with trips to the beach? Not a typical “office job,” that’s for sure. I’ve been here for about two months now. And in that time, I’ve learned a …

Writerly inspiration from across the pond

Earlier this month, I spent a week traveling through England and Scotland. While there, I filled up on tea and biscuits, saw the English countryside by train, and looked both ways at least three times before crossing any street. And I discovered that Britain is a language nerd’s dream land. Castles and cathedrals are cool—but I also came across a …

KAUST Professor Named one of “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”

What does it take to become one of the most influential people working in science today? Ask King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Professor Mohamed Eddaoudi. He was just named to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” Thomson Reuters compiled the list using information from its Web of Science and InCites platforms, both …

Everybody put down the switchblades. English changes, and that’s okay.

“Where’s that guy we caught splittin’ an infinitive last week?” “He’s still in the ICU.” “Grammar Rumble” imagines what would happen if our grammar hang-ups escalated to Jets vs. Sharks-level fervor. Like most satire, it’s funny because its silliness reveals a teensy bit of truth. While we don’t know of any actual usage-related emergency room visits, we do know that …