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

By Samantha Enslen •

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.

By Samantha Enslen •

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

By Mary Dixon •

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

By Mary Dixon •

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

By Mary Dixon •

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”

By Samantha Enslen •

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.

By Samantha Enslen •

“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 …

Coffee or tea: What makes Dragonfly buzz?

By Mary Dixon •

How do Dragonfly staffers greet the day? With caffeine, of course. I polled our writers and editors to find out everyone’s favorite morning pick-me-up. Here’s what I learned: Jennifer Lorenzetti combines coffee with her favorite music: I drink dark roast made in a traditional stove-top percolator mixed with local, raw honey. Usually two cups. The rest of the morning ritual? …

Garner’s gone digital: Our favorite editing resource is now online

By Samantha Enslen •

I consider Garner’s Modern American Usage one of the most important (and probably most underused) resources available to copyeditors. There’s no easier place to sort out distinctions between easily confusable terms such as far-flung and far-fetched; percent and percentage; or turbid, turgid, turpid, and torpid. It contains highly useful “mini-essays” providing guidance on handling other language-y things like appositives, back-formations, …

Women In STEM: A Cause Worth Fighting For

By Lalitha •

Did you know that men make up more than 75 percent of workers in the science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) professions? Women continue to be poorly represented in STEM fields of study and STEM careers—even though they fill close to half of all the jobs in the United States. Recently, our client Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) partnered with an …