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RECENT BOOKS

  • Twentysomething: Why do young adults seem stuck? (with Samantha Henig). Hudson Street Press, 2012; paperback, 2013
  • Pandora's Baby: How the first test tube babies sparked the reproductive revolution.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004; Cold Spring Harbor Press, 2006
  • The Monk in the Garden: The lost and found genius of Gregor Mendel.  Houghton Mifflin, 2000; Mariner Books, 2001

 

Earlier books: The People's HealthA Dancing Matrix, Being Adopted (with David Brodzinsky and Marshall Schechter), Your Premature Baby, How a Woman Ages, and The Myth of Senility

 

The New York Times
Magazine cover stories

  • "The Last Day" 5.17.2015
  • "A Life-or-Death Situation" 7.21.2013
  • "What Is It About 20-Somethings?" 8.22.2010
  • "Understanding the Anxious Mind" 10.4.2009
  • "The Medical Detectives" 2.22.2009
  • "Taking Play Seriously" 2.17.2008
  • "The Real Transformers" 7.29.2007
  • "Darwin's God" 3.4.2007
  • "Fat Factors" 8.13.2006
  • "Looking for the Lie" 2.5.2006
  • "Will We Ever Arrive at the Good Death?" 8.7.2005  
  • "Flu Pandemic" 11.29.1992   
  • "Saving Babies Before Birth" 2.28.1982

 

Magazine feature articles

  • "Racing With Sam" 1.30.2005 
  • "The Genome in Black and White (and Gray)" 10.10.2004
  • "The Quest to Forget" 4.4.2004
  • "Is Forgetting Your Glasses Alzheimer's Disease?" 4.24.1994
  • "Are Women's Hearts Different?" 10.3.1993
  • "Asthma Kills" 3.28.1993
  • "Dr. Anderson's Gene Machine" 3.31.1991
  • "In Business to Treat Cancer" 11.23.1986
  • "AIDS: A New Disease's Deadly Odyssey" 2.6.1983
  • "Dispelling Menstrual Myths" 3.7.1982
  • "The Child Savers" 3.22.1981
  • "The Case for Mother's Milk" 7.8.1979
  • "Exposing the Myth of Senility" 12.3.1978

 

Earlier NYT articles: Magazine columns ("Body and Mind" monthly contributor, "Idea Lab," "Lives," "Hers"); articles in the Book Review, Science Times, and op-ed; posts for the NYT blogs Motherlode, The 6th Floor, and The New Old Age

 

RECENT MAGAZINE ARTICLES

Bookforum

  • "The Ravages of Alzheimer's" 8.2015
  • "Unchained Melody" 6.2014
  • "Last Call" 4.2014

National Geographic

  • "Rethinking Gender" 1.2017
  • "Crossing Over: How Science is Redefining Life and Death" 4.2016

O: The Oprah Magazine

  • "The Fat Fight" (with Jess Zimmerman) 12.2009

OnEarth

  • "Parkinson's: The Pesticide Link" summer 2009
  • "Our Silver-Coated Future" fall 2007

Prevention

  • "Obesogens" 1.2014

Scientific American

  • "Lifting the Black Cloud" 3.2012
  • "When Does Life Belong to the Living?" 9.2010
  • "Pandora's Baby" 6.2003
  • "Living Longer: What Really Works" summer 2000

Smithsonian

  • "Saving Miss Vanessa" April 2018

Virginia Quarterly Review

  • "How to Write Science" fall 2012

Wired

  •  "Frozen in Time" April 2018

 

Earlier magazine articles: American Health, Civilization, Child, Discover, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, The L.A. Times, Mademoiselle, Mirabella, Ms. Newsday, Redbook, Self, Vogue, USA Today, The Washington Post, and Woman's Day

 

WEB-ONLY ARTICLES

Archipelago

  • "Guess I'll Go Eat Worms" 7.30.2014

The Atlantic Online

  • "Fictional Plotlines and Real Assisted Suicide" 3.27.2014

National Geographic

  • "Are There Genes for Intelligence?" 12.11.2015
  • "Scientists Create Personalized Stem Cells" 4.28.2014
  • "Surgeons to Put Gunshot Victims Into Suspended Animation" 4.2.2014

Nautilus

  • "Did Grief Give Him Parkinson's?" 2.26.2015

New York

  • "The Unshakeable Optimism of the Modern Thirtysomething" 9.8.2014

Newsweek/The Daily Beast

  • "How Many Facebook Friends?" (with Samantha Henig) 10.22.2012
  • "Is Violence Finished?" 10.3.2011

NPR "Shots" Blog

  • "Psychedelic Drug Helps Cancer Patients Overcome Anxiety" 12.3.2016
  • "Give Thanks for Siblings" 11.2017, 11.2016, 11.2015, 11.2014
  • "Hope Races Ahead of Evidence in Magnets for Autism" 7.9.2016
  • "Despite Sweeping Aid-in-Dying Law, Few Will Have Option" 10.7.2015
  • "Freezing Eggs May Reduce Odds of IVF Success" 8.28.2015
  • "Early Push to HPV Vaccine May Have Backfired" 7.14.2015
  • "No One Should Have Right to Prolong My Death" 7.7.2015
  • "If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death?" 2.10.2015
  • "Transgender Men Who Become Pregnant" 11.7.2014
  • "Women Pick Brains Over Looks in Egg Donors" 11.2.2014

NYCityWoman

  • "When It's Time to Let Go of Your Adult Child" 2.2013
  • "Co-Authoring a Book With My 20-Something Daughter" 12.2012
  • "My Bonsai Breasts" 8.2011

Slate

  • "Should You Freeze Your Eggs?" 10.1.2014
  • "The Ties That Blind" 2.9.2012
  • "If 'Modern Bride' is a Has-Been, What Does That Make Me?" 10.6.2009
  • "Monkeying With Motherhood" 9.8.2009
  • "Why Did Summer Stiers Die?" 7.9.2009

 

RECENT EDUCATIONAL AND SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

  • Adjunct Professor, New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Science Health and Reporting Program, New York, NY, graduate class on journalism ethics, 2013-present
  • Organizer and Moderator, Workshop on the Ethics of Gene Editing, World Conference of Science Journalists, San Francisco, CA, October 25, 2017
  • Featured Speaker, McGill University Council on Palliative Care, 17th Annual Sandra Goldberg Lecture, Montreal, May 6, 2014
  • Interviewer, One-on-One with Margaret Batten on philosophy and end-of-life decision-making, The Yale Club, November 18, 2013
  • Panelist, Bioethics Boot Camp, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, March 30, 2012
  • Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2009-2010
  • Organizer and Moderator, NASW Regional Meeting, "Artists and Science Writers: Looking for Common Ground," CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, March 11, 2009
  • Featured Speaker, New England Fertility Society annual meeting, Woodstock, NH, May 2008
  • Moderator, panel on dance and the human genome, CUNY Graduate Center, Program on Science and the Arts, New York, NY, April 2008
  • Instructor, master class in advanced nonfiction writing, Quebec Writers Federation, Montreal, QC, October 2006 and October 2010
  • Television Production Consultant, WGBH Boston, "The American Experience" episode on "Test Tube Babies" based on "Pandora's Baby," 2005-2006
  • Instructor, class on the social implications of reproductive technology, "Mysteries of Science" course series, The 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, January 2005
  • Panelist, panel on "Scientific Discoveries and How They Change Us," Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA, March 2004
  • Panelist, panel on "Writing About Science and Society," Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA, March 2004
  • Scholar in Residence, New York Public Library, "Research Revolution" film and discussion series, New York, NY, 7 sessions, March-April 2003
  • Faculty Member, Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, one week, June 2002
  • Featured Speaker, New York Public Library annual lecture, New York, NY, June 2001
  • Featured Speaker, Gifford Arboretum annual lecture, University of Miami, Miami, FL, April 2001
  • Featured Speaker, Mendel Medal annual lecture, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, January 2001

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

  • National Magazine Award, 2018 ("Rethinking Gender," lead story in team entry from National Geographic)
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2017 ("Rethinking Gender," lead story in team entry from National Geographic)
  • Guggenheim Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2009-2010
  • Society of Professional Journalists, The Deadline Club award, 2014 ("A Life-  or-Death Situation")
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors, Career Achievement Award, 2009; Writing Awards 2006 ("Will We Ever Arrive at the Good Death?"), 2005 (Pandora's Baby), and 1994 (A Dancing Matrix); June Roth Awards 2005 ("The Quest to Forget"), 1994 (A Dancing Matrix), and 1993 ("Flu Pandemic")
  • Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Book Prize, History of Science Society, 2006 (Pandora's Baby)
  • Science-in-Society Award, National Association of Science Writers, 2006 (Pandora's Baby) and 2005 ("The Quest to Forget")
  • National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, 2001 (The Monk in the Garden)
  • Goodchild Prize for Excellent English, The Queen's English Society, finalist, 2001 (The Monk in the Garden)
  • Journalism Research Fellowship, The Alicia Patterson Foundation, 2001
  • Officer's Grant, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, 1998-99

 

EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND

  • Freelance Writer specializing in science and medicine, 1980-present
  • Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine, 2005-present
  • Science Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review, 2014-2017
  • Blogger, Psychology Today, 2012-present
  • Member, Board of Contributors, USA Today editorial board, 1997-2002
  • Features and News Editor, BioScience magazine, 1978-80
  • Washington Correspondent, Human Behavior magazine, 1978-79
  • Assistant Managing Editor and NIH Reporter, "The Blue Sheet," 1977-78
  • Assistant Editor, The New Physician magazine, 1975-77
  • Associate Editor, Comprehensive Therapy magazine, 1974-75

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • National Association of Science Writers, President, 2014-2016; Vice President, 2012-2014; Board of Directors, 1998-2010
  • Science Journalism Program, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, Co-Director, 2010-2016; Board of Directors, 2006-2010
  • Alicia Patterson Foundation, Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Simons Foundation, Journalism Advisory Board, 2014-present
  • Girls Write Now, one-on-one writing mentorship of a NYC high school student, 2008-2015
  • PEN/E.O. Wilson Award in Literary Science Writing, judge, 2016
  • J. Anthony Lucas Book Prize, judge, work-in-progress award, 2010
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize, judge, science & technology award, 2001-2003

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, IL, M.S.J., major in magazine writing, 1974
  • Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, NY, A.B., major in English, 1973