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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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    The Big Fat Truth

    Late in the morning on 20 February, more than 200 people packed an auditorium at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of...

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    How Damaged Are NFL Players’ Brains?

    In November of 2010, a few dozen retired players from the National Football League gathered with their wives in a large living room. Snacking on appetizers and...

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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…

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