• A Gut-Wrenching Question

    Every week, about 20 people visit the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania to be evaluated for weight-loss surgery. They tell a nurse their medical history...

  • Arrested Development

    Richard Walker has been trying to conquer ageing since he was a 26-year-old free-loving hippie. It was the 1960s, an era marked by youth: Vietnam War protests,...

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    23 and You

    Cheryl Whittle tried her best to fall asleep, but her mind kept racing. Tomorrow was going to be the culmination of three years of research and, possibly, a...

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    On Scientific Detachment

    We drove to the orphanage on a pleasant December morning, under a sky that seemed too blue. It was a short ride through a residential neighbourhood of...

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    Anna Sumner’s craving for sleep began when she was an 18-year-old high school senior. She thought nothing of it. When it followed her to college, she blamed...

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    Ovary Banks: Freezing the Biological Clock

    The clock started ticking for T. Wilson in 2008, when she turned 36. She had been divorced for seven years, and as a trainee surgeon she barely...

23 and You, a story I wrote for Matter, will be included in the 2014 edition of the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.

Our Body the Ecosystem, a story I wrote for Popular Science, was included in the 2012 edition of the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.

23 and You, a story about genetic genealogy published in Matter, was featured on Longform’s Best of 2013: Science and Technology list.

An animation I made called Fitting In was voted into the fabulous Science Studio.

Re-Awakenings, a story of an old theory that cured one woman’s rare sleeping sickness, was deemed best blog post of 2012 by Science Seeker.

A few recent radio spots…

The modern age of science, on WNPR’s Where We Live, 6/27/14
What’s a health journalist to do?, on NPR’s On the Media, 5/25/14
Resveratrol and health journalism, on CBC’s The Current, 5/20/14
The problems of health journalism, on KCRW Los Angeles, 5/16/14 (begins at 7.25)
Sex and the brain, on Wisconsin Public Radio, 4/9/2014
Obesity and microbes, on the Before You Leap podcast, 4/8/2014
Obesity and mortality, on KUOW Seattle, 5/31/13
Why does music move us?, on WGN Chicago, 5/10/13
Dog genetics, on Skeptically Speaking podcast, 3/8/13
Genetic paternalism, on WHRB (Boston), 2/24/13