First, I don't know of anyone from my University who blog privately, though you can probably search the MSNBlogs etc. for schools and locales. But, folks at North Carolina State University started, just a few months ago, their own blogging service, called WolfBlogs, using Webroller as the platform. There are still not that many blogs there, most are still trying to figure out how to do this thing, but a few have taken off nicely, and a couple are science-related:
As for the town (Chapel Hill), the area (Triangle), and the state (North Carolina) this is a thriving bloging community with many good bloggers. You can see a partial list and the aggregator on NCblogs.com, or follow the Tar Heel Tavern carnival, or check out various blogging activities at BlogTogether.
Out of all those many blogs, some are about science. You are reading one of those as we speak. Here on SEED's scienceblogs, there are a few more North Carolinians: Abel PharmBoy of Terra Sigillata, Dave and Great Munger of Cognitive Daily and James Hrynyshyn of Island Of Doubt.
Any others that you know of? How about your school, town or state?
Although it's a real kick to have these blog conversations with folks around the world, I've always liked your philosophy that blogging can actual strengthen one's local community. Thanks, of course, for the plug.
While Rick at Science, Shrimp, and Grits is just south of our border in South Carolina, I really enjoy his chemistry posts and his reviews of barbecue joints in NC and SC - oh, and, of course, the shrimp and grits recipe posted by his wife, Patty.
The University of Michigan Medical School has a cadre of bloggers:
Unfortunately, it does not allow comments. Also, the students don't post very often.